BARACK OBAMA, JOHN BOEHNER CREATED “CLOSED-DOOR DEAL”
|| By KEN BUCK || President Barack Obama and lame duck Speaker John Boehner effectively ended sequester in their debt-ceiling, crisis-driven budget deal, and even the presumptive incoming speaker agrees that “the process stinks.”
Rather than the House having a real discussion about spending priorities as the framers of the Constitution intended, President Obama and the Speaker created a closed-door deal that ends the only effective constraint on government growth to come out of the past four years.
The deal increases the debt limit, adds $80 billion in new spending (which it promises to pay back in a decade), cuts the crop insurance program, sells some of our strategic petroleum reserve and raids the Social Security retirement benefits program to bolster the flailing Disability Insurance Program.
Hardly the result that voters expected after Republicans asked for their trust in 2010. We proudly decried autocratic government in “A Pledge to America,” writing:
An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down long-standing laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people.
An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.
We must end the era of crisis-driven spending bills in which President Obama’s agenda gets funded, the debt ceiling leaps higher and the House of Representatives votes on the final bill without holding a single hearing on the legislation.
This process is far from what the Founders intended and makes a mockery of the House’s Article One “power of the purse” authority.
The process stinks, because the House allows it to stink …
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Ken Buck is a former prosecutor who represents Colorado’s 4th Congressional District in the United States Congress. His column – reprinted with permission – originally appeared in The Washington Examiner.