You can’t fight Obama with the power of the purse if you are addicted to spending.
The power of Congress is the power of the budget. Congress has the unique authority to decide spending. The problem is that Congress is just as addicted to spending as Barack Obama is. They will never ever cut a program. Nothing of any significance will ever be defunded.
Because the President knows that Congress is addicted to spending, he knows he will never lose a game of “chicken” with them over the budget. (As you probably know, “Chicken” is a game where two drivers charge one another head on in their vehicles. The one to swerve away first is the loser.) Congress will always cave rather than actually cut funding.
Additionally, most Republicans in Congress have not gotten the Tea Party memo yet. They still think Homeland Security is made up of wonderful protectors of the United States. Thus, what Bob Allen warned us about is now unfolding before our eyes.
We read in the Washington Examiner, “Republicans weigh how far to push Obama on DHS funding.”
For weeks, House and Senate Republicans have rallied behind a Homeland Security spending bill that defunds President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
But Senate Democrats blocked the measure on Tuesday, triggering what will likely be a tough debate within the Republican conferences about how far to challenge the president using the congressional power of the purse.
“I’d like to go toe-to-toe with Obama,” Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. “It’s a worthwhile fight, because what the president has done is blatantly unconstitutional.”
For Boozman and other conservatives in Congress, defunding Obama’s executive actions on immigration is a “must have” in any new legislation to fund DHS.
The debate over what to do next threatens to fracture the newly-minted GOP majority in Congress.
In December, GOP leaders promised their conservative wing that they would withhold funding for Obama’s executive actions in the DHS bill, and those conservative members are expecting the leadership to uphold their pledge.
But they aren’t going to uphold their pledge. Why not? Because the Department of Homeland Security is a “must have” in the minds of most Republican politicians. The absence of the TSA groping and radiating people at the airports is unthinkable.
A temporary spending bill keeping DHS operating will expire on Feb. 27, and the GOP leadership wants to steer clear of a politically dangerous funding showdown with Democrats over the agency, which operates airport screening and border enforcement, among other critical national security programs.
“There are constant discussions on what the strategy is,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said Tuesday. “But, we can’t shut down the DHS. Not with the threats the homeland is subjected to as a result of the rise of ISIS.”
So basically we are all being held hostage. Rather than seeing an opportunity to defund the immigration Executive Orders or to get rid of the DHS, we are being told in advance that this is all political theater. The immigration executive order will be funded and so will airport groping.