by Chris Black
To no one’s surprise, McCarthy achieved nothing with the debt ceiling deal.
It still amazes me that Americans don’t get how government works after all this time.
There’s no Democrats vs. Republicans. It’s the UNIPARTY.
It’s the war party, it’s the money party.
They are all taking orders from the (((donor class))), if you know what I mean.
The Republicans will never do anything of consequence, except maybe talking about Hunter Biden’s laptop for years.
Here’s Miranda Devine Miranda Devine for New York Post:
Kevin McCarthy trumpeted a debt-ceiling deal Sunday, but increasing debt another $4 trillion with minimal concessions is nothing to boast about.
To be fair, the House speaker has a razor slim majority and Republicans don’t control the Senate, where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his sidekick Lindsey Graham have announced that the only thing they care about is Ukraine.
But McCarthy’s one dealbreaker should have been his promise to defund President Biden’s massive $80 billion to turbocharge an already weaponized IRS.
This was the totemic centerpiece of his pitch to become speaker.
It was the most memorable promise of the Republicans’ midterm campaign to win back the House.
It struck a chord with voters, wary of funding a new “army” of armed IRS agents to harass middle-class families and small business owners and abuse their powers to target political dissidents, Soviet-style.
“Our very first bill will repeal the funding for 87,000 new IRS agents,” McCarthy vowed.
“You see, we believe government should be to help you, not go after you.”
Sure enough, the House voted 221-210 to repeal the extra IRS funding.
In the debt-ceiling deal outlined Sunday and due to be inked later this week, McCarthy has allowed the lion’s share of that extra IRS funding to remain unmolested: preserving $78.1 billion of the $80 billion.
As rebel GOP Rep Dan Bishop put it: “So there will be 85,260 more IRS agents rather than 87,000 to eat you alive. Big win.”
Overpromising and underdelivering is what turns voters off the GOP.
You don’t mount a powerful six-month fear campaign about 87,000 new, armed IRS agents ready to break down people’s doors, and then meekly capitulate at the first sign of resistance.
Even if those fears were exaggerated, your credibility rests on delivering a lot more than 2% of what you promised.
Miranda explains very well how politicized the IRS really is, and what the consequences of hiring tens of thousands of new agents will be for the American people/small/medium businesses.
If McCarthy wasn’t a pathetic shill for the elites, he could’ve made a better deal, but he just doesn’t care. I mean, he held all the cards, i.e. the Dems would’ve never allowed for the US to default on its debt on their watch.
He had massive negotiation leverage, but he chose to fold like a cheap suit.
That’s what Republicans always do.
McCarthy just got re-elected, he doesn’t have to run for reelection for a long time, hence he doesn’t give a fu*k. He makes his dirty deals with the Dems now, and says “well, you guys gotta let me win something when I get closer to reelection.”
That’s how this works. These people are all friends.
They go do TV interviews and make a big show of opposing one another, but at the end of the day, they’re all good friends.
The Democrats know very well that they need these Republicans to go out there and pretend to be the opposition.
As I told you from the beginning, it was all theater, kayfabe.