Conservatism and responsible government won a resounding victory in November's elections, and yet just a month later, we're witnessing legislative arrogance on a scale you wouldn't expect if voters had ratified the ruling class' sprint toward national bankruptcy. Can you imagine how it would be acting if it hadn't received a "shellacking"?
It seems that Washington is embracing all the principles and practices the voters soundly rejected, without the slightest indication it either received the message or cares. Are we seeing any evidence of greater transparency, a rejection of earmarks, budgetary restraint or legislative deliberation?
To me, it looks more like defiance from lame-duck Beltway elites who have again created a false climate of urgency to pressure disunited and disorganized opponents to make damaging concessions that are not worth what they're receiving in return.
There is no real urgency here, and those saying otherwise are crying wolf. This is the first Congress in the history of the budget process that failed even to vote on a budget for the next year. They've known all along this moment was coming.
On the omnibus spending bill, they can still pass a continuing resolution for another three months and avert a government shutdown. There is no excuse for them to be legislating from the political grave a full year beyond the date congressional control changes hands. It's outrageous they would even try it, and it's discouraging that Republicans are considering being rolled like this.
This bill violates every conceivable mandate the voters issued in November, including a bill too long and complex even to read, let alone digest, in this artificially accelerated time frame. It contains almost 7,000 earmarks, totaling some $8 billion, and includes egregious new spending provisions that constitute another monumental slap in the face to an electorate that emphatically said "no" to further deficit spending.
And it's not just the spending bill. Just consider the other important bills they are also trying to shove through in crisis mode, which has now been firmly established as the default legislative mode. We're told they have to pass the following measures in the next few days, lest the world come to an end: