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GOP Congress: A Vote for the Rule on the #ZombieBudget is a Vote for a Primary Challenge

It is slowly dawning on conservatives who thought they had champions in Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-4), Mark Meadows (NC-11) and Mick Mulvaney (SC-5) that the three founders of the House Freedom Caucus may have driven the feckless John Boehner from the Speaker's office, but they are not willing or capable of continuing the war of attrition necessary to defeat Big Government Republicanism. 

The most telling evidence that Jordan, Meadows and Mulvaney are not the conservative champions grassroots limited government constitutional conservatives thought they were is their acceptance of John Boehner’s “barn Zombie budgetcleaning” deals to raise the debt ceiling and pass what has already become known as the #ZombieBudget. 

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner is working with the Obama White House and Democratic congressional leaders to finalize terms of an extension of federal borrowing authority through March 2017 along with a $112 billion deal to break the spending caps for two years, according to reporting by The New York Times and other media. 

“I think it is too late,” Meadows said of doing anything in advance of the current Nov. 3 deadline to lift the debt limit. “So I don’t see that as something that happens this time, but I do see that potentially in all future debt ceiling negotiations.” 

In other words, Jordan, Meadows and Mulvaney are willing to go along with once again breaking the deal that was made in 2011 to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending caps – a deal which has already been broken once before in the Ryan – Murray budget deal of 2013. 

So let’s be clear about what Jordan, Meadows and Mulvaney are saying. 

In exchange for a massive $112 billion increase in spending now, they hope for some consideration in another secret budget deal that will be made with President Hillary Clinton after the next election. 

Nothing tells us that Jordan, Meadows and Mulvaney don’t really understand the core problem, or they have sold out, than their willingness to buy that ridiculous proposition. 

As every conservative knows, the cost of government isn’t what it taxes, it is what it spends. 

Tax collections are at record levels, but so are the deficit, and the national debt – to say nothing of the unfunded liabilities the government faces for Social Security and other promises Congress has made. 

The existential economic problem the United States faces is congressional spending – and they want to add $112 billion to the hole in the budget and wait two more years to address the spending problem? 

To say nothing of the political cost of taking spending off the table as an issue in the 2016 election, just as Mitch McConnell did in advance of the 2012 election with the sequestration deal. 

And don’t say that there’s no way Hillary Clinton is going to win the White House, so President Jeb Bush, John Kasich or Marco Rubio will hold their fellow Republicans in check. 

Congress was literally out of control when George W. Bush was President. 

As CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie documented at book length in Conservatives Betrayed, when Bill Clinton made his (possibly tongue-in-cheek) claim about the era of Big Government being over, the federal government was spending $1,635.9 billion. Just seven years later, in 2003, the federal government was spending $2.3 trillion, and by the end of President George W. Bush’s second term in 2008, the federal government was spending $3.2 trillion, almost double what it was spending when the era of Big Government supposedly ended.  

The size of the federal government increased at a faster rate under the Bush administration and a Republican Congress than at any time since President Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Great Society. The Bush years were responsible for a near doubling of the federal budget and set the stage for the unprecedented spending of President Barack Obama and the Pelosi–Reid Congress that followed. 

There were trillion-plus deficits in each of the first four years of the Barack Obama presidency. The Tea Party rebellion of 2010 was driven in part by the issue of Obama’s spending; federal government spent $3.6 trillion in fiscal year 2011 and the deficit for fiscal year 2011 was $1.3 trillion, but thanks to sequestration by 2014, federal spending was $3.5 trillion and the deficit subsided to “just” $486 billion. 

For that vast increase in spending we can thank both Republicans and Democrats, but most Democrats don’t claim to be, or campaign as, fiscal conservatives, as George W. Bush and Republicans elected to Congress between 2000 and 2006 did and Republicans like Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows and Mick Mulvaney do today. 

Once the new spending deal between Boehner and Obama is finalized things will move very quickly. The Democrats can all be counted on the vote AYE on any deal Obama has agreed to. 

That means the real vote – and the real evidence whether or not your Representative is committed to stopping the spending – is the vote on the special rule necessary to bring Boehner’s #ZombieBudget to the floor.  

Any Republican that votes to bring the #ZombieBudget to the Floor deserves a Primary election challenge. We urge you to call your Representative, the House switchboard is 1-866-220-0044, tell him or her you demand a NO vote on the rule to bring the #ZombieBudget to the House floor and an end to the secret deals with Obama to increase spending and the debt ceiling and burden our children and grandchildren with billions of dollars of new Establishment Republican debt.

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