White House Happy With Budget; Not Conservatives

2015 December 16
by bc3b

Everyone got what they wanted. Well, almost everyone – but not the US taxpayers.

Obama got funding for Syrian refugees, his executive amnesty, Planned Parenthood, climate change, ObamaCare and every major priority he wanted.

Paul Ryan will get what he wants most: plenty of time to spend with his liberal wife and his kids over the holidays. Remember, Paul doesn’t like working after 4 PM or on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays or especially holidays.

Did you really think Ryan would be an improvement over John Boehner?

The White House gave a thumbs-up on Wednesday to a sweeping year-end deal on taxes and government funding,

“We feel good about the outcome, primarily because we got a compromise budget agreement,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

In a statement formally endorsing the deal, the White House said it “urges the Congress to pass this legislation.”

His comments send a strong signal that President Obama will put his signature on the measures if they pass the House and Senate.

The $1.1 trillion spending package funds the government through the fall of 2016, while the tax measure provides $560 billion in relief by renewing expiring breaks.

The package was finalized late Tuesday night after days of intense negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.

The omnibus spending measure was largely stripped of controversial policy riders opposed by the White House and Democrats, including language rolling back Obama’s Syrian refugee plans and key environmental and financial regulations.

Earnest ticked off a laundry list of victories ranging from the exclusion of “ideological riders,” such as language defunding Planned Parenthood, and an across-the-board increase in spending above levels set by sequestration.

“We walked into these negotiations focused on making sure that Republicans would not succeed in advancing their ideological agenda through the budget process,” the spokesman said. “We did succeed in fighting off those efforts.”

But the spending measure postpones the “Cadillac tax” on expensive healthcare plans and the tax legislation delays the medical device tax for two years, both moves opposed by the Obama administration because they are critical revenue sources for the Affordable Care Act.

Earnest said, however, said those provisions would have only a “minimal” effect on the overall health law. And he dismissed Republicans who declared their inclusion in the spending bill is a victory against ObamaCare.

The spokesman noted that Congress has voted 50 times to repeal the president’s signature healthcare law since 2010.

“When you consider their ambitions, the steps that are included in this proposal are quite, quite meager,” he said.

Hat tip: The Hill

48 Responses leave one →
  1. 2015 December 16 9:10 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Virtually all the major provisions the Republican leadership pretended it wanted were stripped from the bill. Ryan got rolled by Joe Biden and Patty Murray. Did you think he would be any match for Obama?

    The House votes on this tomorrow (Thursday). They should be home in plenty of time for Christmas holiday shopping.

    And the GOP “leadership” wonders why Trump and Cruz are so popular.

  2. 2015 December 16 9:29 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Trump / Cruz……… Or let it burn.

    Paul Ryan is a wimpyass Rino, and for all his supposed smarts, couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if instructions were on the heel. He is worse than Boehner given his capitulation to date.

    And the Freedom Caucus got rolled. Piss on them too.

  3. 2015 December 16 9:30 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Pelosi runs the House. Reid runs the Senate.

    Republicans just got the runs.

  4. 2015 December 17 4:35 am

    Buried in the 2,000-page omnibus spending bill released by the Senate Wednesday morning is a secret provision that many senators hope unemployed blue-collar workers won’t find out about.

    This provision would quadruple the number of H-2B visas for low-skilled foreign “guest workers.” It would allow more than a quarter-of-a-million foreign workers to enter the U.S. each year and work in the construction industry, hotel-motel services, truck drivers, food processing, forestry and many other fields that don’t require a college education.

    A vote on the spending bill is expected late Thursday night, possibly after midnight, sources on the Hill told WND.

    Ryan’s idea of leadership while the base is screaming for the exact opposite.

  5. 2015 December 17 4:37 am

    And the Freedom Caucus got rolled. Piss on them too.

    Yup, not even annoyed by the likes of Ryan as much as I am the idiots that got rolled when they actually could have done something about it…. or at the very least embarrassed the fk out of the gop by making them get dem votes for the speaker-ship. Instead they chose the worst of both worlds.

  6. 2015 December 17 5:42 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “Remember, Paul doesn’t like working after 4 PM or on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays or especially holidays.”

    It would improve greatly if on Mon-Fri 9-4 he also stopped all of congress from working. We are only safe when them suckers are in recess.

  7. 2015 December 17 5:53 am

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter used a personal email account to conduct official business during his first few months as Pentagon chief, his press secretary confirmed in a statement Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

  8. 2015 December 17 5:56 am

    U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy defended on Thursday a controversial proposal to relocate a U.S. Marine Corps base on Okinawa in southern Japan as the best of many options considered.

    That final barry ‘year’ is revving up

  9. 2015 December 17 6:33 am
    TLS permalink

    But the spending measure postpones the “Cadillac tax” on expensive healthcare plans and the tax legislation delays the medical device tax for two years, both moves opposed by the Obama administration because they are critical revenue sources for the Affordable Care Act.

    Throwing the BS flag on that one. The Zero Admin doesn’t want that tax to kick in until he is out of office. But I’m gonna guess that is the only straw they could pull to make it look like the GOP didn’t give Obama everything he wanted in the budget deal and keep the tar and feathers off of Ryan.

  10. 2015 December 17 7:07 am

    The nation’s largest banks, in response to the Federal Reserve raising interest rates from about zero to a range of 0.25% to 0.50%, have already started raising their prime lending rates.

    Citibank, Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, PNC, HSBC and other large banks raised their prime lending rate to 3.50%, from 3.25%, effective in most cases on Friday.

    Banks did not, however, increase interest rates on savings accounts or certificates of deposit, nor should consumers expect to see any increases on deposit products in the near future.

    …but of course they didn’t. lol

  11. 2015 December 17 7:09 am

    But the spending measure postpones the “Cadillac tax” on expensive healthcare plans

    That’s was all about unions who’ve been against that.

  12. 2015 December 17 7:31 am
    justrand permalink

    This is EXACTLY the spending bill that Reid & Pelosi & Obama wanted. EXACTLY.

    Why is Paul Ryan even pretending to oppose them. He should get on Bernie Sanders ticket and be done with it.


  13. 2015 December 17 7:57 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Let us say that Trump, or Cruz was in the general and lost to HRC. Question — Can the GOP survive?

    As it is currently being led my answer is no. Trump shows that there is nearly half of the voting GOP that would consider an alternative cause that is what Trump represents. That’s the base. But a key consideration would be what about those of the GOP that are at the State legislative layer? Would a significant number of them bolt to a new party? If they did the current GOP is done for. State level positions are the farm team for the GOP. Lacking that feed they would wither off.

  14. 2015 December 17 8:02 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Russians strike a tanker depot, and all the camera guy can say is “Allah Ackbar” — https://youtu.be/lwGIypeliRs — I prefer the Christian version “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!”

  15. 2015 December 17 8:09 am
    drdog09 permalink

  16. 2015 December 17 8:25 am

    14 – Kind of funny, it’s like he’s trying to get other to say it with him like usual in most of these videos and people are looking at him like “I do not think that means what you think it means, we just got bombed dumbass”.

  17. 2015 December 17 8:36 am


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  19. 2015 December 17 8:53 am
    drdog09 permalink

    19, Sorry that password policy is in use by Eric Snowden….

  20. 2015 December 17 8:54 am
    drdog09 permalink

  21. 2015 December 17 9:12 am
    justrand permalink

    Regardless of whether the GOP holds the House and/or Senate in 2016, a Hillary win will (IMHO) lead to passive and NOT so passive resistance moving forward.

    And ultimately to an attempt by Hillary and her Regime to crack down.

    Her attempts to “crack down” will lead to more and more pockets of armed resistance…and a rapid spiral towards armed rebellion.

    CWII may or may not happen under Cruz or Trump…but definately happens under Hillary.

  22. 2015 December 17 9:24 am

    FYI – Sheldon just bought Las Vegas Review Journal.


    21 – it’s actually up from 8.5\9’ish.

  23. 2015 December 17 10:41 am

    This made me sort of chuckle on couple different levels.

  24. 2015 December 17 10:45 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Russian squeeze play — http://observer.com/2015/12/out-of-gas-turkey-is-losing-its-battle-with-russia/

    Obama plays for clicks. Putin plays for keeps.

  25. 2015 December 17 11:20 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #13 –

    Let us say that Trump, or Cruz was in the general and lost to HRC. Question — Can the GOP survive?

    If HRC wins and Trump and Cruz don’t totally hate one another, don’t be surprised if they team up with their mutual buddy, Sarah Palin, and try something different.

  26. 2015 December 17 11:29 am

    Retired Veteran with a Smart Wife

    Early one morning, an elderly retired veteran
    just finished a piece of artwork he had been
    working on and yelled to his wife.

    “Honey! Come see what I created! It’s an
    abstract panorama, depicting the seven years
    of the Obama administration!”

    She yelled back, Flush the toilet Howard
    and come eat your breakfast!”

  27. 2015 December 17 12:55 pm

    Apparently the two political parties in DC are made up of Leftist Republicans and Leftist Progressive Democrats

  28. 2015 December 17 1:13 pm

    25 – Wouldn’t be helpful if there was a nation out there with large natural gas resources that had the ability to ship it’s natural gas to Turkey and replace Russian leverage with that of this mystery nation. Hmm I wonder what nation out there is or could in short order be able to exploit this opportunity? How about the Unite.. nah never mind.

  29. 2015 December 17 1:53 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Well Congress did lift the oil export ban with the omnibus bill. However I expect the country that will exploit its gas opportunity starts with an I.

  30. 2015 December 17 1:59 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Go here — https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/more-volatile-hydrocarbons-onto-the-barbie/ — then follow the first link.

    Smells like a power play.

  31. 2015 December 17 2:01 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #30 –

    That’s about the only positive.

  32. 2015 December 17 4:20 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    That scenario assumes you have air superiority. A Galaxy C-5A/B have the radar signature the size of the State of Vermont. The more likely approach would be defensive as a NATO force unable to hold the line deploys antitank assets to deny certain lanes of advance to its flanks and front.

  33. 2015 December 17 4:32 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    A really sharp drone — https://vantagerobotics.com/ — Not cheap at $1200 but it has all the bells and whistles installed.

  34. 2015 December 17 6:07 pm
    bc3b permalink

  35. 2015 December 17 6:30 pm

    Under an agreement finalized Wednesday that applies to all 192 member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO), tariffs on imports of consumer electronics will be phased out over 7 years starting in July 2016. The agreement affects around 10 percent of the world trade in information and communications technology products and will eliminate around $50 billion in tariffs annually, according to IT industry lobby group DigitalEurope. It expects a $190 billion boost to global GDP from the changes

    Know where most of the “boost” will be… certainly not here, vast majority of it in Asia, and of course don’t expect cheaper products out of it, most this will just go to the profit side.

  36. 2015 December 17 6:57 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Trump calls out Paul Ryan (by name) and the GOP on Omnibus.


  37. 2015 December 17 7:26 pm


    But…. it’s just crrraaazzzy to think maybe slowing down the importation of people coming from such cultures.

  38. 2015 December 17 7:40 pm
    bc3b permalink

    KH –

    You won’t read about this in the US media … might give Islam a bad name.

  39. 2015 December 18 5:17 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Funny thing is, consumer electronics for most of the younger generation is a smartphone. A stereo? Pffft what’s that?

  40. 2015 December 18 5:32 am
    drdog09 permalink


    I know more about Donald Trump today than 10 years of Urkel, or 30yrs of the Clintons. What does that say about how the two political parties have been operating for half a century?

  41. 2015 December 18 6:17 am
    drdog09 permalink

  42. 2015 December 18 7:37 am
    justrand permalink

    the more I read about the Paul Ryan sellout, the madder I get

    The GOP will lose the House next year…and maybe the Senate…as a result of this. EVERY moaning plea to “Keep the House in GOP hands” will be met with laughter!

  43. 2015 December 18 8:01 am
    mulletover permalink

    Agree 1 ,000% JR. Paul Ryan is as much a big government globalist socialist as obama or clinton. Revolution is in the air, and none too soon. Gun confiscation is next, and the fuse will be lit.

  44. 2015 December 18 8:19 am
    justrand permalink

    Mullet: ” Gun confiscation is next, and the fuse will be lit.”

    You mean “ATTEMPTED Gun confiscation”

    But yes, that will indeed light the fuse.

    At a “Gun Rights Dinner ” two years ago, the Sheriffs from the five counties of the Sierra foothills came to show solidarity with us folks up here. The Sheriff of our county (Butte), got a massive and spontaneous standing ovation when he said:
    “There’s a lot of talk about gun confiscation these days…but if they try to confiscate your guns, I and my Deputies will stand with YOU!”

    The other Sheriffs stood and applauded too.

    And then there’s the lesson of the Bastille…

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