So just over eighteen hours ago, [mc_name name=’Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’M001187′ ] put in a resolution to Speaker [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] to “vacate the chair.” He composed a list of grievances, a list that has been hashed and re-hashed ALL OVER these Redstate Diaries for over four years! Meadows lists the Speaker’s attempt to “consolidate power and centralize decision-making… punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker… use the legislative calendar to create crises for the American people.” This is great stuff!
One of the most important and deleterious problems he describes is the ceding of legislative authority to the Executive Branch, and ceding the role of oversight to the Judicial. Those are the two biggest checks the Congress has over the Executive: funding and oversight. Congress takes the easy action of passing a repeal of Obamacare, for instance, but they will not withhold funding which is their Constitutional purview.
Remember Cromnibus? It was the omnibus funding bill in December 2014 without the Homeland Security provision, so the new GOP Congress of 2015 could require some concessions regarding border security and immigration management. Did Speaker Boehner get any concessions? No. Could anybody foretell this conclusion? There were writings all over this wall–this Redstate wall–that vomits with “I told ya so!” My dim-witted GOP Congressman voted for Cromnibus, then voted for [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] as Speaker, but wants to make sure I understand he did not like the ultimate spending bill passed this February. He can sell that to low-information voters, but not to anybody who takes the time to read this little diary entry .
We need to call our Congressmen, whether they are either complete dim-wits or just simple half-wits, and ask them to support Meadows’ resolution. Explain that there are 60+ more House Republicans today than in 2009 so they could stop Obama. Throughout his term thus far, Obama has only vetoed four pieces of legislation. GOP House members are making the job of President real easy, and Barack Obama is making his father proud.
Please read Ezra Klein’s piece on Vox, “The unexpected and ingenious strategy of Obama’s second term.”
In short, Obama just has to do stuff. And for that, we can thank Speaker [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ]!