This Monstrosity of a Spending Bill Will Hurt Republicans

The omnibus spending bill passed in the dead of night and signed into law Friday, on the eighth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, is bad policy and worse politics for Republicans facing midterm elections. Despite the GOP’s promises and congressional majorities, Obamacare is still the law of the land and the omnibus continues the unsustainable spending imperiling the country’s finances.

As the law’s details become better known, GOP voters’ already strong feeling of betrayal is growing so powerful that it may imperil the GOP majority. Feckless congressional leadership is getting most of the blame, but President Trump signed the bill and spent no political capital advocating his stated priorities. Power unused is power lost.

After the tax-reform package passed last year many of us believed the Republican Congress was finally showing signs of life and realizing why the American people had entrusted them with control of Capitol Hill and the White House. Failure to repeal Obamacare after seven years of pledges left GOP voters disheartened. But the victory of tax reform showed what Republicans could accomplish if they stuck together . . .

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Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press about the $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress early Friday, with Vice President Mike Pence (L), in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on March 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. After threatening to veto the legislation earlier today, President Trump announced he had signed the bill, avoiding a government shutdown. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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7 responses to “This Monstrosity of a Spending Bill Will Hurt Republicans”

  1. When GOP voters don’t turn out, they can point directly to this. The only thing that mitigates it is the Left overplaying its hand and openly calling for the repeal of the 2nd amendment.

  2. The President did what he thought had to be done. The Uniparty — Democrats and Republicans — realized they had the upper hand and took advantage of the situation. Consider the alternatives:

    (A) The President vetoed the bill and the veto was not overridden. The government ‘shuts down’ again. POTUS Trump gets blamed for shutting down the government…again and the Media runs with that story.

    (B) The President vetoed the bill and the veto was overridden. The President looks ‘weak’ and the Media runs with that story.

    The Uniparty played the scenario well. It was a lose-lose-lose for the President.

    • Trump would have come out stronger with a shutdown. It would have been blamed on Congress.

      And a good budget could actually have come out of it, since the Freedom caucus would have gotten more involved.

      Trump rolled over for congress, and he might pay a heavy price for that come November.

      • The Congress is majority Republican. The President is Republican. I stand by my scenarios. There were not good choices. Pinning your hopes on the Freedom Caucus accomplishing anything is somewhat forlorn. They couldn’t must the votes to prevent this from happening, so what makes you think Round Two would have been any different…except now we would be in Shutdown Country a second time in less than a year.

  3. I suggest you read what an omnibus spending bill is and isn’t.