Can the GOP govern wisely?

EPA Support graphPassage of this (Cromnibus) bill will show our people that we can and will govern responsibly–House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers

Can and will the GOP govern wisely. Past performance suggests not, but compromise on the 2015 budget offers hope.


  • Clean water laws would be weakened for agricultural runoff.
  • At least temporarily, truckers would be able to work as many as 82 hours a week.
  • Manufacturers could continue to use lead in ammunition.
  • Some underfunded pension plans could cut benefits.
  • The Internal Revenue Service would get 12 percent below the administration’s request hindering enforcement of tax laws.
  • A financial regulation, part of a package of reforms for Wall Street banks, would be repealed.
  • Private donors could give more to national parties to help fund conventions, building funds and legal proceedings, such as recounts.
  • Rules for taxing and regulating marijuana in the District of Columbia would not be funded.
  • The Bureau of Engraving and Printing could spend no money to redesign the $1 bill.

The budget proposal does little to address the nation’s pressing problems. However it does fund the government for a year. Democrats and Republicans did compromise to get necessary legislation done, which bodes well for the future.

© William Hungerford – December 2014

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14 Responses to Can the GOP govern wisely?

  1. josephurban says:

    The GOP could care less about the future. It is all about who gave the most money lately. Let future generations deal with the problems caused by environmental pollution today. This is not the party of Lincoln or Eisenhower, is it?


  2. pystew says:

    Thanks for giving us the contents of the bill. It looks like the Democrats did all the compromising.


  3. Deb Meeker says:

    For the last six years , I’ve heard myself and others asking, ” What happened to the ‘real’ Republicans?”. Maybe what we all should have been asking was ” What the hell happened to ‘real’ Democrats?” Politics. Humph. Democrats running from the strides in healthcare, running from the explosive leap of profits on Wall St., running from the very low unemployment numbers? Senator Harry Reid, and many others- putting their tails between their legs, and calling it “compromise”.


  4. whungerford says:

    Remembering the surprise that dissident Democrats and Republicans gave Speaker Boehner on the Farm Bill, is it possible that the same coalition will defeat cromnibus? And what then, a government shutdown over Christmas? Could either party be happy with that?


  5. josephurban says:

    I am reminded of what Will Rogers used to say:” I am not a member of any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.”


  6. solodm says:

    At this point – that being the point just before the Republican take over ( yes, I meant take over) it should not be what either party can ‘live with’. It should be what the American people have said by majority they want and need. I’m not rooting for a shutdown, it would hurt many people, but in times like this, and while the sane still have a majority in the Senate, those left to decide must stand up to the bullies, and say no more.


  7. pystew says:

    According to MSNBC reports that the GOP House could need around 70 Democrat votes.


  8. whungerford says:

    That’s about 35%, which should be achievable.


  9. whungerford says:

    I prefer that Congress cut the best bipartisan deal they can this year. rather than leave the problem to be faced next year, with or without a shutdown.


  10. josephurban says:

    It all depends on what is in the final package. Compromise for the sake of compromise is not always wise. Look at the Tea Party Repubs. They refuse to compromise on anything. Has it hurt their numbers? One issue which should be a deal breaker in the bill is the gutting of Dodd-Frank to give banks federal insurance guarantees to Wall Street for derivative lending. The taxpayer should not be insuring risky ventures like that. (See Elizabeth Warren’s website for details)


  11. whungerford says:

    Suppose the deal fails, Congress goes home, and the Government shuts down putting many out of work indefinitely. Would a better deal be likely next year? How long would we endure another shutdown for Dodd-Frank?,


  12. josephurban says:

    Same as last time. Close the parks. Underfund homeland security. Slow down some air traffic. Hold up some defense spending. All the workers would get back pay for the days they missed. These are short term problems. The repeal of part of Dodd-Frank is a long term, financial crisis waiting to rehappen. Remember the financial crisis of 2008 caused mainly by the deregulation of the banking industry? Do we forget so soon? That is why these financial laws were passed in the first place. That financial meltdown lead to much greater , long term hardship than a brief government shutdown. I say call the GOP bluff. Do not strip Dodd-Frank. The long term effect will be disastrous to working people, but Wall Street is protected. Again.


  13. whungerford says:

    Is it really a GOP bluff? If Democrats block it in the House or the Senate or it provokes a veto, will the GOP take the hit? Even if the GOP does get the blame, is a better budget likely this year or next? Suppose the Dodd-Frank repeal were removed; would additional Democratic votes offset fewer Republican votes and would it pass the Senate where 60 votes may be needed?


  14. solodm says:

    Can we continue to allow Republican/Conservatives to hold hostage the American people’s best interests out of fear of reprisal “later on”? Politically speaking, what do democrats and liberals have to gain by once again giving away the farm to save one cow? Democrats must not cave or they have no ground to stand on as “the people’s party’. And, since it appears some believe these parts of the bill will be agreed to in the next two years of GOP control anyway – at least *they* will have to take responsibility for the downturns to come.


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