Even when the GOP has the majority in Congress it gets steamrolled by Democrats. Each Republicans refuse to fight the Democrats, the Democrats get bolder in their demands.
They sense weakness and go for the kill. They feed off Republican weakness. Here’s the latest from the minority party. Will the Republicans give in again and go along with the Democrats to raise taxes?:
“Emboldened by winning the shutdown showdown over homeland security, and poised to triumph on raising the debt limit, Senate Democrats set their sights Thursday on the budget sequesters, demanding that Republicans hike taxes and raise spending.
“It was a shot across the bow for Republican budget writers, who are set to unveil their proposals next week, which are expected to further slash spending and balance the budget in 10 years — slowing the growth of runaway national debt that currently tops $18 trillion.”
And why shouldn’t the Democrats make these demands? The GOP has already given ample evidence that they refuse to fight. The latest from the GOP is that “now is not the time.” When will it be the time to beat back the Democrats? When they’re in power again because Republican voters will stay home in 2016?
“Next election. Yeah, that it’s. The next election. That’s when we’ll decide to fight.” It’s always the next election or the next piece of legislation. Or, “It never had a chance of passing, so why fight?”
The Republicans invite being bullied by telling the Democrats that no matter what the battle, they refuse to fight.
Consider the following capitulation:
“Senate GOP leadership is staying away from a proposal to ensure illegal immigrants don’t get tax break payouts from the government, with the party still smarting from a battle over Department of Homeland Security funding.
“Conservative lawmakers and outside groups are still angry that the GOP didn’t continue the fight to withhold Department of Homeland Security funding, which they viewed as the best avenue to combat Obama’s decision to shield millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation.”
The GOP could scuttle the nomination of Loretta Lynch except that it looks like four Republicans are going to join the Democrats and vote her in as the new Attorney General. Politico reports that the “Senate Republicans who are backing her are Orrin Hatch of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine.”
if these are your senators, you might want to give them a call.