Speaking to the Huffington Post on Saturday Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) admitted that, contrary to what Congressional TEApublicans have been claiming, Harry Reid, Senate Democrats and President Obama have made concessions in the ongoing budget battle which House TEApublicans used to shut down the government in a last ditch effort to kill Obamacare.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) called a press conference Saturday morning to complain, “What we are looking at here again is an administration and president that seems to be unwilling to sit down and talk to us.” Which is true as far as it goes, but the reason they do not want to talk to them is that every time they do and make concessions, the TEApublicans come back and demand even more.
At odds with Cantor’s claims are remarks by Lamborn, who signed the letter saying that the shutdown was preferable to allowing Obamacare to take effect and yet admitted that,
“It is a concession, I acknowledge that. I was glad to see that lower number. It didn’t take defense spending into account. We still have a big discrepancy between the House and Senate version. But there has been some compromise and I acknowledge that.”
The President and Senate Democrats agreed to a CR that maintains spending at sequestration levels which even many GOP members say was a good deal and a huge win for them, still they are not willing to make any concessions of their own and demand still more of the President and Democrats. They will not be satisfied until they have been given everything that they are demanding.
In return for that compromise Democrats got almost nothing but they made the attempt to give in to some of the demands of the TEApublicans who in turn demanded even more and then made the outrageous claim that the President refuses to negotiate and said that it was ‘his way or the highway.’
This constant push for even more every time that the Democrats make a concession is reminiscent of the old story of the white man and the Indian sitting on a log. As the Indian tells it he says, “white man says, ‘move over’ so the Indian moves over, soon the white man says again, ‘move over’ and yet again the Indian complies. Once again the white man says, ‘move over,’ pretty soon the Indian falls off the log.”
If the Democrats do not take a stand at some point it is only a matter of time before the only people in the country whose voice is being heard will be the minority who have elected the TEA Party radicals and the country will be subjected to an un-Constitutional tyranny, not by the majority which the Constitution was designed to prevent, but rather by a very small minority which no one ever thought could be possible.
There are plenty of TEApublican extremists in the House who are not inclined to work with anyone, they see their mission as a holy war to achieve 100% of their goals and compromise as a thing only for the opposition who they feel should agree to all of their demands, that is their idea of compromise.
This is further illustrated by the following transcript of an interview with Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and the Huffington Post:
HuffPost: Democrats would argue that they have given you something. They’ve agreed to sequester-level funding. What do you say to that?
Farenthold: The sequester was agreed to in the last Congress. We got to keep moving the ball forward and don’t stop.
HuffPost: They would like it to be higher though and they are willing to keep it at this level, is that a concession?
HuffPost: I don’t see it as a concession. Just like Obamacare is the current law of the land, the Budget Control Act is the current law of the land.
Other Reporter: But you are asking for changes to Obamacare.
Farenthold: All right, so they can ask for changes to sequester and maybe that is where we come together. But they won’t sit down and talk to us.
HuffPost: But they are asking for changes to sequester. They would like a higher funding level.
Farenthold: All right, so where are the conferees from the Senate to talk about that?
HuffPost: To talk about what?
Farenthold: So, all right. We up some of the numbers there; they give on Obamacare. I don’t know if that would fly, but nobody is talking about it.
HuffPost: Would that be okay for you if you upped some spending in exchange for a delay or a change in Obamacare?
Farenthold: I would have to see what the offer is. Generally, no. I think that part of our problem is that we are spending so much more than we are taking in.