The worst thing about Republicans is that they don’t act like Democrats. Sticking together has never been their strong point, but John Boehner’s doublespeak is undermining America’s conservative party after each new attack from the left. It doesn’t sound like a strategy anymore. It sounds like desperation.
We already know how the newest unemployment insurance scuffle will end. We’ve been here before. Republicans will take a stand. Democrats will point fingers. Republicans will back down. Why are we wasting time debating whether we have funds to pay for an extension?
Boehner is pushing a House jobs plan that includes a hot button Obamacare hardship exemption, but Republicans have already turned back from their Affordable Care Act stance. Why? Democrats screamed foul over the shutdown. Whether emergency welfare is paid for is not the point. Boehner proved during the budget deal negotiations that deficit reduction was less important than blaming conservatives to appease RINOs, the White House, and Harry Reid (see: Did Conservative Politicians Fall for These Democratic Lies?).
No one believes that Congress can’t scrape together six billion for more benefits. The real sticking point should be that taxpayers are funding income support because the long-term unemployed are never going to work again thanks to foolhardy leftist economic policies. How do Democrats get away with taking credit for the economy while demanding more welfare because of it? For starters, they only have one voice and it keeps repeating the same things. Republicans have more voices than we can count and those voices are all saying different things.
True, Boehner has help. It’s not all his fault. Senate Republicans are playing their own doublespeak games and a handful just sided with Democrats on unemployment insurance. The House carries the big conservative party guns, though. Doublespeak and mixed messages from Boehner keep signaling disunity. How do we justify going after Obamacare to keep religious interests happy when fiscal conservatives were silenced over a Washington spending crisis that is undermining the economy? All we got was a paltry $23 billion in deficit reduction, an amount only the Obama-Reid-Pelosi cabal could love. What Boehner really accomplished was to raise suspicions about how dedicated the House leadership is to conservative policy when Democrats disagree.
Where does the speaker stand on immigration? No one knows. A failed presidential election and midterms on the way and we’re still not sure about our conservative party’s voice on what will be one of the defining issues of the Obama presidency. Debt and the deficit? We just found out. The outcome wasn’t pretty for those of us who don’t think spending the economy into the ground is a good idea. Democrats will doubtless get away with their quest to spend more on emergency aid to cover up their mistakes, but enough is enough. America needs a real conservative party, or at least a collection of Republicans with the courage to reject doublespeak and to unite behind one voice, like Democrats.