by Renee Parsons
There is a general consensus that a dozen or so US Senators who are mostly aligned with the America First movement have screwed up royally by allowing the 4,100+ page Omnibus $1.7 Trillion budget to be adopted – and they know it.
None of them were willing to play hardball on behalf of their constituents or on behalf of the country. None apparently recognized that a Nay vote was not sufficient or had the fortitude or common sense to filibuster or read the entire document into the Congressional Record in order to slow its progress into the new Session of Congress. How else could the American people or even Members of Congress know the exact specifics of runaway government spending and what mysteries are hidden within this largely sequestered Omnibus?
There is also general consensus that about twenty US Senators who are part of the McConnell Club (aka RINOs) also screwed up royally by repeatedly joining the Democrats for assorted Omnibus votes as the country’s indebtedness rose to an unconscionable $31 Trillion (not counting Social Security or Medicare/Medicaid). Meanwhile, the Uniparty dumb asses have yet to discover exactly how severely their constituents and rest of the country have been alienated.
Predominately a blueprint for the Democrat/Marxist agenda through 2023, its malicious details are being revealed daily elsewhere so a better focus here would be to understand how and who allowed this travesty to come into being. It is no secret that the Federal government’s fiscal year begins on September 30th and at that time, Senate leadership was not prepared to present a draft budget, thereby delaying ninety days to complete its work. At ninety days, Congress had still not completed its work and the 2023 budget was still not ready for Congressional review and approval until the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
In what can only be described as an unwelcomed and unprecedented achievement of such phenomenal largesse to be so utterly blind and oblivious about the tribulations and suffering of the American public, the resulting Omnibus spending package was contrived by a shady cast of perpetrators without any one having seen its details, literally under the dark of night. The majority of Senators who remained outside the loop had scant knowledge of the full extent of what evil lurks within the document.
Hence, within four days of its deadline, the mammoth 2023 budget was presented with little/no opportunity for a thorough fiscal or policy analysis. Clearly, the Senate leadership’s game plan was known in advance to deliberately put Senators in a bind: either vote four days before Christmas without knowing Omnibus contents or shut down the government. Unfortunately, the minority of Republicans who originally resisted, ultimately allowed themselves to be manipulated by McConnell et al without formulating their own opposing strategy. A hint for those who want to be in the US Senate: if you are getting into the pit with alligators, it would be advisable to know how to wrestle alligators.
A dispassionate look at the facts reveals that the first Senate vote indicative of serious trouble brewing was on the December 20th Motion to Proceed which was required to begin discussion of the Omnibus. Twenty-one Republicans voted with the Democrats (70-25) who vote in lock step and a review of that list easily identifies those Senators who might be defined as traitors to the American people.
Tracking the votes, will show that the majority of those who voted Aye continued to vote with the Democrats leading up to Omnibus Final Passage (68-29) on December 22nd. As you review these votes, note that retiring on January 3 are: Senators Roy Blunt (Missouri), Richard Burr (North Carolina), Jim Inhofe (Okla), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Richard Shelby (Ala), all who voted against the best interests of the American people on their way out the door.
Even after a series of comparatively insignificant pro forma amendments which had no realistic chance of adoption went down to defeat or were sabotaged by the Democrats, Senate approval of the $1.85 Trillion Omnibus, in effect, undermined the House’s ability to pressure the FBI or the DOJ or the DHS as it removed all incentive for their cooperation by providing them with their 2023 funding upfront.
The point is that few of these alleged Republicans appear ready for prime time or ready for the mantle of true Constitutional leadership to save the country from the clutches of the wicked World Economic Forum as they have all allowed arch-enemies McConnell and Schumer to dominate, to prove who is in charge…and that Members of the US Senate are merely infantile dullards unable to handle the responsibility of adulthood.
In terms of how this disaster occurred, these Senators repeatedly vote with the Democrats; especially during the Omnibus debate which spanned four days. And most importantly, these Senators are all up for re election in 2024: Senators Mitt Romney (Utah), Mike Rounds (SD), Todd Young (Ind.), Roger Wicker (Miss.) with Senators John Barrasso (Wy) and Kevin Cramer (ND) who repeatedly ‘took a walk’ by Not Voting when their votes were essential.
In addition to the above, repeat violators who are not up for re-election, yet who voted with the Democrats on Omnibus amendments include: Senators John Boozman (Ark.) Shelly M. Capito (WVa), Susan Collins (Maine), John Cornyn (Texas), Tom Cotton (Ark. , Lindsay Graham (SC), Jerry Moran (Kansas), John Thune (SD) and Mitch McConnell (Ky).
These fifteen Senators consistently, almost on every occasion regardless of the issue, vote with the Democrats and are rarely considered reliable Republican votes. The awareness that these fifteen Senators may consistently not be representing their constituents should become a catalyst for citizens to become more engaged to hold these Senators accountable for their votes, to demand transparency for how they function outside the glare of public awareness.
Given the dire state of the country, it is essential for American citizens to not let anger or frustration stifle a creative response but to fully participate and check it out for yourself by following your Senators on the Senate floor and monitoring live Senate debate and votes at U.S. Senate: Votes.
If your Senator is not representing what you assumed they were representing and especially if that Senator is looking at 2024 reelection, it may be time to become involved in soliciting an alternative candidate who better represents your values and the welfare of the country. Considering whether any Members of the State Legislature, County Commission, City/Town Council or other prominent Republicans or even someone with potential who may not yet have achieved public attention might be a fruitful search to find a candidate with the necessary mojo to win an election.
A good question for each Senator would be why a government shutdown would have been more egregious than adopting this fiscal travesty of staggering mathematical miscalculations with substantial totalitarian policy shifts since monthly federal entitlements would not suffer?
Renee Parsons served on the once prestigious ACLU’s Florida State Board of Directors and as president of the ACLU Treasure Coast Chapter. She has been an elected public official in Colorado, staff in the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, an environmental lobbyist for Friends of the Earth and a staff member of the US House of Representatives in Washington DC. She can be found at email@example.com.