Kudos to Phillip Bump at the Washington Post for this one.
We at ACC often talk about the fracturing going on within the 2 main parties. The Tea Party for instance is a de facto party within the GOP which the author takes into account. He also identifies an increasingly active fault line within the Democratic Party. (We think he’s wrong on who falls on which side of this line to some degree however.)
A thought experiment to be sure, but one which isn’t that “out there.” Very interesting.
(From The Washington Post)
If we assign members of Congress to political parties based on the spending votes, we end up with four parties. The Liberals bucked the Democratic president to oppose the spending package. The Democratsvoted for it. The Republicans followed Boehner and McConnell’s lead. TheConservatives didn’t. It gives us maps of the House and Senate that look like this, with the actual party composition underneath. (Note that this is only based on 1) people who voted on the spending package and 2) are returning to the 114th Congress.)
Click here for the article.
In the wake of the Cromnibus debacle, where Republican congressional leadership pretty much completely turned their backs on “wave voters” for short term gain, (and Democratic leaders did the same) multiple readers at ACC have asked, “Well now what?”
By Ron Paul
The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year’s omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.
The debate over the omnibus may have made for entertaining political theater, but the outcome was never in doubt. Most House and Senate members are so terrified of another government shutdown that they would rather vote for a 1,774-page bill they have not read than risk even a one or two-day government shutdown.
Those who voted for the omnibus to avoid a shutdown fail to grasp that the consequences of blindly expanding government are far worse than the consequences of a temporary government shutdown. A short or even long-term government shutdown is a small price to pay to avoid an economic calamity caused by Congress’ failure to reduce spending and debt.
I wonder why they “like” the Republican so much?
Just think, if Jeb were president with Boehner in the House and McConnell in the Senate wouldn’t that be great? Statist Republican wishywashies holding America’s hand all the way to Hell. The 3 Amigos. What fun we’ll have.
Red tape and lawsuits, that is what defines a large part of business in America these days. There are too many lawyers. Too many laws. To many hoops. To many commissars. To much bureaucratic underbrush one must cut through with a machete just to do business.
It kills jobs. It kills growth. But the leaches get fat.
Oil sends a shudder through the world economy. Japan goes for broke (probably literally) with the Japanese citizenry on board. China fears being sucked into a debasement black hole. Europe clings. We watch.
So at one point on Thursday, according to the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, Barack Obama and JPMorgan’s CEO were on the phone with congresspeople whipping votes. The President and the chief of America’s largest bank were calling members of Congress making deals.
Well, it isn’t really so much money in campaigns that the congressional Democrats have a problem with. It is OUTSIDE money they have a problem with. Money not controlled by the party. That’s why this bit of language was inserted into the current spending bill by Harry Reid’s lawyer.
Plus the law firms get paid big time too. Win/win for establishment Washington. Everyone knows that shame has little reward on Capitol Hill.
“I don’t like journalism,” – Sheldon Adelson
The old boys with giant checkbooks want Jeb, Christie, or Romney in the White House. (Romney!) You know the guys who are completely interchangeable with Hillary. The fat felines don’t want anything new. They want the same tired GOP which they can manipulate. They don’t want questions. They don’t want discussion of foreign policy. They don’t want questions about the role of the state in modern America. They sure as shinola don’t want to talk about crony capitalism on a national stage. Crony capitalism has served many of these guys well.
David Stockman asks this question, though he knows the answer.