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Kevin McCarthy Torpedoes Himself With Debt Ceiling Deal

Way back when John Boehner retired, and Kevin McCarthy’s name was first floated for Speaker of the House, we said he was “too dumb and inarticulate” to lead Capitol Hill Republicans. In the years since then McCarthy improved his communications skills to the

point that we recognized that he had become – when he wanted to be – an effective spokesman for the conservative agenda.


However, it appears that you can’t fix stupid, and our assessment that Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy lacked the brains to be a great leader was well-founded.


Because just about the time we got to thinking McCarthy had seen the light and embraced the conservative worldview he reverted to type and sold-out conservatives for a Uniparty “deal” on spending, which is by far and away the greatest “self-own” by an establishment Republican in the past few election cycles.


McCarthy had a united Republican Party and conservative movement behind him, favorable polls and even the Left leaning media was making fun of Biden. Plus, he had a great, well thought out package to advocate – the Limit, Save, Grow Act – that modestly increased the debt limit and put the onus for figuring out how to avoid a phony “default” squarely on Joe Biden and the Democrats if they didn’t buy it.


McCarthy held all the cards, but he just didn’t have the brains or stones to play them – and the opposition was swift and brutal.

As our friend Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government explained:


You may read that projected federal government spending will decrease by $2.1 trillion over the next ten years. It won’t and it is not even close.


As someone who has applauded Speaker McCarthy’s rhetoric for fiscal sanity over the past few months, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that the agreement follows the long Republican tradition of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.


But perhaps McCarthy can spread the blame around to another GOP mental lightweight -- Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, a longtime McCarthy do-boy, and the “lead negotiator” for House Republicans, and the alleged author of the spending “cap” scheme in the agreed upon debt ceiling bill.


As Mr. Manning pointed out, the agreed upon spending caps are only mandatory for two-years – not six, and can easily be waived for the last four years according to House GOP sources who support the Orwellian named Fiscal Responsibility Act.


The $2 trillion in savings only occurs if all six years of caps remain in place. I guess a twenty-two-year-old who just arrived on Capitol Hill in January might fall for this bait and switch, but no one who has been around DC for more than a minute could possibly believe that the caps for years three through six would survive.


Setting aside the constitutional point that today’s Congress can’t bind a future Congress to not spend whatever it wants, the last time Congress passed a spending “cap” scheme the caps didn’t even last through the next budget cycle, and most of the malefactors in that charade are still in Congress. (Looking at you Mitch McConnell.)


As Senator Rand Paul said, “Fake conservatives agree to fake spending cuts. Deal will increase mandatory spending ~5%, increase military spending ~3%, and maintain current non-military discretionary spending at post-COVID levels. No real cuts to see here.


“Conservatives have been sold out once again!”


So, what’s to be done?


First, the Capitol Switchboard is (202-224-3121), call your Representative and Senators to tell them to vote NO on this “deal” and that you demand that tax collections and spending be harmonized without raising taxes or borrowing any more from Red China.

Next, take Arizona state Representative Jacqueline Parker’s admonition to heart. Start looking for and working for a primary opponent for any Republican who votes in favor of this Uniparty scam.



  • GOP senators

  • debt ceiling

  • Mitch McConnell

  • federal budget

  • national debt

  • federal spending

  • Mike Lee Letter

  • debt ceiling default

  • spending caps

  • work requirements for welfare

  • Limit, Save, Grow Act

  • Reclaim COVID spending

  • Fiscal Responsibility Act

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James Bryson
James Bryson
02 jun. 2023

Oh by all means let's waste lots of words over this betrayal.


Frank Luntz' soy-boy toy, Kevin McCarthy, failed.

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James Bryson
James Bryson
01 jun. 2023

HUGE FAIL.

Next Speaker?

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I have long said conservatives need a new political party. I strongly suggest that everyone check out the website for the Founders Party of America. That is the way a party and its elected office holders and those running for office need to act.

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robert sanders
robert sanders
31 mei 2023

HE THREW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDER THE BUS WHEN HE AGREED TO THE DEMORATS AGENDA OF AGREEING NOT TO LET THE GOVERNMENT DEFULT. THAT PUT THE BALL BACK ON HIS SHOULDERS. HE SHOULD OF KEPT HIS MOUTH SHUT AND LET BIDEN EAT THIS CRAP. MCCARTHY IS A STUPID IDIOT.

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Reageren op

He is a RINO, not a conservative. Conservatives messed up badly making him Speaker. He is helping lead us to financial ruin. Biden & Co. must be laughing their you know whats off . . . !

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rosie16
rosie16
31 mei 2023

I may as well have just voted against my incumbent Republican rep. In fact, why vote for Republicans at all? All they do is talk, then do what the Democrats want rather than the people who voted for them.

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Reageren op

Let's see if any of them have enough stones to call for a vote of no confidence--andf throw him out. (But I'm not holding my breath waiting.)

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