Paul Ryan’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad omnibus bill

posted at 9:21 pm on December 17, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

As most of our readers have already noted, the new Omnibus bill was passed and announced during the height of the debate Frenzy Tuesday evening and the details rolled out on Hump Day with one disturbing detail after another. Ed talked about the foreign worker visa provisions this morning, but that was probably just the tip of the iceberg. Having been on the road for personal reasons I was probably one of the lucky ones who didn’t get the entire package shoved in his face all at one time.

But in the spirit of eternal optimism which really should define the conservative movement, let’s start by focusing on the good parts, shall we? We got the crude oil export ban lifted! I’m not being facetious here… that’s a subject I’ve written on in this space more times than I could count and it’s a good thing for the country.

But as nice as that was to see, was it enough to justify how much our new Speaker gave away in exchange for it? Let’s be frank here… this isn’t even a Jack and the Beanstalk comparison. We not only gave away the cow, but the magic beans sprouted a giant asparagus stem which shot directly up our collective backsides. In retrospect, the expanded visa provisions weren’t even close to the worst parts of this package.

Still, for reasons which escape me, some of the Freedom Caucus members who you would most often expect to see going to the wall on this sort of thing were getting right in line. (Politico)

“In terms of the process, I can tell you I’ve had more meaningful conversations with the speaker and leadership in the last couple of weeks than I think I have in the last couple of years,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who instigated the revolt against Speaker John Boehner that led to Boehner’s resignation this fall. “I would give it an A-plus in terms of trying to reach out to the rank and file.”

Virginia Republican Dave Brat, a Freedom Caucus member who also sits on the budget panel, said Ryan has also gained support because he has been “credible on regular order” — Congress-speak for empowering committees and rank-and-file members — and has already teed up the budget process for the beginning of 2016, a starting point unheard of in recent years.

I’m not sure what there was to like here. First of all, we need to look no further than the fact that this deal is dumping another half trillion dollars in debt on our heads right out of the gate. The New York Times, in their ever cheerful way, seemed to see this as a good thing and placed any blame for the increasingly fatal hole in the budget on the failure to increase taxes without paying much heed to the vast increases in spending. I’ve mostly lost faith in the ability to hammer this home to anyone, but we’re nearing the point of no return on the debt which many feel is the $19T mark. And yet, rather than at least slowing the growth of the poison pill, we’re accelerating the disease.

We also lost the amendment on the American SAFE Act, which might have allowed us to more carefully screen “refugees” from terrorist infested areas before we have more San Bernardino scenarios on our hands. Sadly, the Democrats apparently convinced a sufficient number of Republicans that too many guns in the hands of law abiding gun owners were the real threat, so that one was unceremoniously flushed. Oh, and the environmentalists got their piece of the pie also, as The Weekly Standard reports.

The Journal also reports that “the deal would adopt environmental and renewable measures that Democrats want. These include extending wind and solar tax credits, reauthorizing a conservation fund for three years and excluding any measures that block major administration environmental regulations.”

Let’s see, what else is there? Well, for one thing, DACA is fully funded, just in case you were worried that we were going to take border security and immigration issues seriously. (Spoiler alert: we’re not.) There is no cutback to the funding for “sanctuary cities.” And here’s a real gem for you on “refugee” resettlement aside from what we already covered:

On page 917 of Ryan’s omnibus a section titled “Refugee and Entrant Assistance” funds the President’s resettlement of illegal immigrant border crossers.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, we’re not going to pay for the border fence improvements which were already negotiated.

By the time I finished reading all of this after dinner my head was spinning. What exactly did we get out of this deal aside from the crude oil export embargo? Nearly everything else on the list is a summary of Democrat objectives. Didn’t we win the majority in both the House and the Senate a little while back? And just to be clear, I understand that the President was doing his usual dance and claiming he was going to veto the spending bill if he didn’t get everything he wanted, but wouldn’t the blame fall on him if he received a functional spending bill, crafted by the people’s elected representatives, on his desk to sign? Sure… the media would blame the GOP and if they did a good enough job we’d take the hit in the polls. (That’s a given.) But the reality would be that it was Obama shutting down the government this time. I made this point over and over again during the mid-term elections on these very page. I was willing to sacrifice a fair bit in the short term if we could get control of the entire legislature. Only a madman (or a committed Democrat.. but I repeat myself) would seriously blame the majority for shutting down the government if they passed a budget and the White House shot it down.

I don’t know what happened on Tuesday night. Frankly, I’m still trying to get the number of the truck that hit us.

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The ONLY way to hit back at these backstabbing LIBERAL A$$HOLES in the GOP is ….DONALD J TRUMP….

dio55 on December 18, 2015 at 5:16 AM

Great Effort GOP. You stood strong against America. You said stuff this unsustainable spending largesse up your …

Not a day goes by that Donald Trump’s 30 point is not justified. He is the only conservative remaining

Brock Robamney on December 18, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Ryan et al. have brazenly defied the will of the people in order to protect their beltway-of life. The political class has taken direct aim at anyone who dares challenge “the system”. The wagons have been circled to ensure an outsider will be powerless if elected. You will be in the castle or in the field.

dmann on December 18, 2015 at 6:08 AM

Tell me again why they wanted this dolt for speaker?

rplat on December 18, 2015 at 6:32 AM

Frankly, none of these issues seem worth a fight to me, all small stuff. I did find it interesting that the Planned Parenthood stuff has completely disappeared from the discussion.

The GOP reminds me of a bible verse I vaguely remember from Sunday School, which I am sure I am mangling. Without a vision the people perish. Will the party perish in the next 10 years? What will replace it if it does?

timoric on December 18, 2015 at 6:36 AM

Ryan says he can’t stand Donald Trump.

Well, he just handed Trump another big boost toward the nomination.

I’m going to love watching Trump hand Ryan his ass in the congressional process.

Younggod on December 18, 2015 at 6:38 AM

Treason from “our” elected “representatives” is S.O.P. Buy ammo while you can.

S. D. on December 18, 2015 at 6:55 AM

Ryan was Chairman of Budget Committee for 4 years before becoming Speaker, yet he is blaming this fiasco on Boehner. The Freedom Caucus should move to vacate the Chair immediately, or else disband.

huckleberryfriend on December 18, 2015 at 6:57 AM

I hope there are plans to primary Ryan. He is worthless.

Phil Byler on December 18, 2015 at 7:04 AM

It’s not me who’s throwing the Let-it-Burn tantrum because reality just doesn’t work out like I think it should. So many out-of-touchers wondering what went wrong. And this from the same crowd who was whiplashed after election day 2012. But . . . but . . . wha happened? Out. Of. Touch.

CivilDiscourse on December 17, 2015 at 10:37 PM

CivilClueless is the frog in the pot, not realizing the water is slowly coming to a boil … and says we’re the ones out of touch.

Every time we warn of the consequences of democrat actions liberals scream “you’re out of touch”!

When our predictions come to pass they’re simply ignored.

For the rest of us, we might as well sit back and watch as liberals slowly begin to find themselves second class citizens. Especially white liberals and blacks. Their support for the “fundamental transformation” is becoming less and less needed as the ruling class imports others from around the world.

One day it’ll be them going “But . . . but . . . wha happened”?

For reference, witness the liberals in Europe who have suddenly realized their nations are being Islamized. Riots, protests, cops firing warning shots, immigration centers being burned down. Coming to a city near you soon!


But . . . but . . . wha happened?”

darwin on December 18, 2015 at 7:45 AM

“Im actually happy to be wrong”. Civil Discourse on Nov. 28th @ 1:07 pm.

Indiana Jim on December 18, 2015 at 8:08 AM

“My opinions on the matter may surprise you, since it has nothing to do with the topic”. Civil Discourse on Nov. 28th @ 2:10 pm.

Indiana Jim on December 18, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Not even Trump can stop this, just like Reagan couldn’t. The only answer is a taxpayer strike. Refuse withholding & not one more cent to the Gestapo IRS!

devan95 on December 18, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Ryan is on thin ice already. President Trump and his administration will take a chain saw to most of these Obama give-a-ways that continue to add to our debt.

Amazingoly on December 18, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Clean out the barn? OK, we should start by getting rid of the POS Ryan.

RWRFAN on December 18, 2015 at 8:41 AM

I’m surprised they didn’t put anything in the bill supporting gun confiscation!

Jackson on December 18, 2015 at 8:43 AM

The GOP reminds me of a bible verse I vaguely remember from Sunday School, which I am sure I am mangling. Without a vision the people perish. Will the party perish in the next 10 years? What will replace it if it does?

timoric on December 18, 2015 at 6:36 AM

Good catch, Tim. The actual KJV goes like this:

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. ~ Proverbs 29:18

The actual verbiage is better translated ‘revelation’ or ‘divine guidance’ rather than ‘vision,’ which puts the verse in a different context.

I would disagree that these issues (illegal immigration, boarder control, wasteful environmental tax credits) are small potatoes when they are actually the ‘low hanging fruit’ of government mal-investment of our tax dollars and bureaucratic mis-management.

Ricard on December 18, 2015 at 8:44 AM

Clean out the barn? OK, we should start by getting rid of the POS Ryan.

RWRFAN on December 18, 2015 at 8:41 AM

I already told Mark Meadows that if he gets a primary challenger and he has not started the process for ousting Ryan like he did Boehner that I will be supporting his primary challenger first and if not by November his Democrat in the general.
It will be sad, but the right incentives have to be used, particularly since he seems to be in love with Ryan because Ryan will lay in bed with him and listen to him before screwing us all royally.

Constitutionalist on December 18, 2015 at 8:46 AM

I really hate to say I told you so.

Side note: So all of a sudden Ted Cruz lost his “connects” in the house to push back on something that offensive to the American people right?

Riiiiiight!

Oh wait, that’s right, he wants those visas too!!! Duh!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on December 18, 2015 at 8:49 AM

They said we needed high level workers to compete in the global economy that’s why the H1B visa was introduced to bring in intelligent and well educated people from all over the world (white collar)…We now know that’s a farce.

Now they want H2B Visa to bring in people with blue collar credentials.
This is all about cheap labor. Republicans are in bed with big business.

Now you know why big business hate the minimum wage.

weedisgood on December 18, 2015 at 9:06 AM

They said we needed high level workers to compete in the global economy that’s why the H1B visa was introduced to bring in intelligent and well educated people from all over the world (white collar)…We now know that’s a farce.

Now they want H2B Visa to bring in people with blue collar credentials.
This is all about cheap labor. Republicans are in bed with big business.

Now you know why big business hate the minimum wage.

weedisgood on December 18, 2015 at 9:06 AM

Waking and baking this morning? Have a toot on the old hash pipe?

We’ve talked about this forever. Catch up with us if you can.

What we’re also saying, if you’ll get up off your knees and listen, is that both parties are in on this.

Do you think Mark Zuckerberg gives a damn about refugees? Or Bezos? They’ve been pushing this as a program to depress wages and have been in simpatico with the Republicans and Democrats because both parties want the same thing.

You instead bury youself in your hash pipe and come up for air and serve your masters by saying it’s all the Republican’s fault.

Do you think Hillary got 500 million dollars from anyone but the 1%?

Wake up and flush the pot down the toilet, it’s your only salvation.

itsspideyman on December 18, 2015 at 9:45 AM

First, if fences actually worked then prisons wouldn’t need guard towers plus outer patrols and other guard stations .. not to mention electrifying the fence and surrounding the fence with pressure pads and another outer fence. All that expense and people still escape. Basically, if America isn’t willing to kill anyone caught crossing the borders illegally, then we’re kidding ourselves.

A majority elected the Communist Obama twice…TWICE! That’s where America stands right now, and there is not a majority of Americans willing to protect our Constitution from the horde that is intent on destroying it.

A fence…what a joke!

Karmi on December 18, 2015 at 9:57 AM

Waking and baking this morning? Have a toot on the old hash pipe?

We’ve talked about this forever. Catch up with us if you can.

What we’re also saying, if you’ll get up off your knees and listen, is that both parties are in on this.

Do you think Mark Zuckerberg gives a damn about refugees? Or Bezos? They’ve been pushing this as a program to depress wages and have been in simpatico with the Republicans and Democrats because both parties want the same thing.

You instead bury youself in your hash pipe and come up for air and serve your masters by saying it’s all the Republican’s fault.

Do you think Hillary got 500 million dollars from anyone but the 1%?

Wake up and flush the pot down the toilet, it’s your only salvation.

itsspideyman on December 18, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Our moronically-evil trolls are PERFECTLY FINE with “corporate welfare” as long as it serves the fascistic interests of the Democratic party.

ebrown2 on December 18, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Refusing the minimum wage makes good sense – it is bad policy and hurts the intended beneficiaries.

Now as to the immigration of low wage people – a nice bi-partisan shin-dig. Neither of their bases want it – but DC keeps doing it because business says they want it. And because the democrats want more voters, and the GOP thinks it will make hispanics like them.

And the more govt tries to regulate things in the business world, the more the business world will protect their turf – and hire lobbyists to capture politicians of both parties to protect and further their interests. For all you libs out here – your desire to regulate everything and make the govt responsible for ever increasing numbers of things, that creates the big business environment you say you hate. SO either you like big business, or you you haven’t completely thought out the situation.

Zomcon JEM on December 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM

And the more govt tries to regulate things in the business world, the more the business world will protect their turf – and hire lobbyists to capture politicians of both parties to protect and further their interests. For all you libs out here – your desire to regulate everything and make the govt responsible for ever increasing numbers of things, that creates the big business environment you say you hate. SO either you like big business, or you you haven’t completely thought out the situation.

Zomcon JEM on December 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM

The willfully-stupid haven’t thought about it. The intelligent ones are evil hypocrites and don’t care, as long as it destroys freedom and brings us closer to tyranny.

ebrown2 on December 18, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Let me say this as someone who’s been VERY reluctant to support Trump:

Trump is looking more and more attractive, GOP.

(For clarification, I’ve said I will vote for him if I have to, but I REALLY don’t want to.That “REALLY don’t want to” has already lost the “REALLY” part. Keep working on removing the “don’t” part, GOP.)

makattak on December 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM

First, if fences actually worked then prisons wouldn’t need guard towers plus outer patrols and other guard stations …

A fence…what a joke!

Karmi on December 18, 2015 at 9:57 AM

Let’s try that in reverse…”if guards actually worked then prisons wouldn’t need fences…

Guards…what a joke!”

Just like it takes multiple ingredients to bake a cake, you need more than just one item to hold a border. If you’re not willing to enhance the border with a fence you’re not willing to have a border, or the country it protects. Simple as that.

Ricard on December 18, 2015 at 11:02 AM

The ONLY way to hit back at these backstabbing LIBERAL A$$HOLES in the GOP is ….DONALD J TRUMP….

dio55 on December 18, 2015 at 5:16 AM

Voting for DJT and independent for senator and congressman. No conservatives running, and I don’t want to vote for sellouts Ander Crenshaw and Marcaux Rube-ee-o

Brock Robamney on December 18, 2015 at 11:14 AM

This is what I get for voting GOP. Never again.

alanstern on December 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM

this is the Trump election bill

avi natan on December 18, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Ryan and the other rinos have quickly learned the tactics of the progressives. This bill was about 2000 pages and had about 72 hrs to read, comprehend and vote on.
That being said, under those conditions and tactics every reasonable and honest “public servant” would have had a airtight basis to vote no.
If someone came to you with a complicated multiple paged contract to sign, and that someone was well known for being dishonest, and demanded you sign the contract without reading it, the response would have been immediate and valid. “Shove it. Leave it here for a few weeks and I’ll have my lawyer read it and explain all the possible consequences of agreeing to it. Bye, now.”

Mimzey on December 18, 2015 at 11:21 AM

The scuttlebutt around the tech journals is that they slid CISA back into this bill. If that’s true, then we are well and truly boned.

The Schaef on December 18, 2015 at 2:21 PM

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Teach me how to Bucky on December 18, 2015 at 2:23 PM

Can we at least start with placing the blame where it belongs?

John Boehner dumped this steaming pile on Paul Ryan’s lap. We have known for a few months now that a year-end omnibus was inevitable, there was little to nothing Ryan could do about that.

There was also little in the way of riders that the GOP could have put in this bill without being accused of shutting down the government once Obama vetoed it. That’s on Boehner too.

The spending parts of the bill were mostly already passed separately by the House, and this is why the Freedom Caucus didn’t raise a stink about it. They had their chances to shape the spending bills all year. Most of the agencies got a lot less than they were asking for and some like EPA got no increase at all.

We will never get a handle on spending unless and until the Congress gets back to regular order and passing individual appropriations bills. Which is why that never happened while Harry Reid ran the Senate. But it’s a total failure by the GOP that they could not return to regular order this year after regaining control of the Senate. No excuse for that at all, except that Boehner just didn’t make it a priority.

rockmom on December 18, 2015 at 2:32 PM

John Boehner dumped this steaming pile on Paul Ryan’s lap. We have known for a few months now that a year-end omnibus was inevitable, there was little to nothing Ryan could do about that.

Ryan had been the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee until replacing Boehner. As such he was an intricate player, along with Hal Rogers, Chair House Appropriations, with working with the GOPe leadership on budgeting. They both have ownership. Particularly since they were part of the group promising last year that this Congress would operate under regular business when it came to budget / appropriations. A blatant lie.

Furthermore, McConnell announced late September that he was entering into direct negotiations with the Obama WH on an unprecedented budget plan – and it was only after this that Boehner ran into his trouble with the Freedom Caucus and other House conservatives.

There was also little in the way of riders that the GOP could have put in this bill without being accused of shutting down the government once Obama vetoed it. That’s on Boehner too.

That’s also on Ryan, Rogers, and the rest of the GOPe braintrust in Congress, including McConnell and his apparatchiks in the Senate. They were willing to cut any deal to avoid being painted as the boogeyman in any government shutdown by the Obama Administration – completely forgetting that the October 2013 shutdown had zero ramifications in November 2014. The GOPe wankers did what they did all year – collaborate, enable, and partner. Any ‘conservative’ provisions were intended as kabuki.

The spending parts of the bill were mostly already passed separately by the House, and this is why the Freedom Caucus didn’t raise a stink about it. They had their chances to shape the spending bills all year. Most of the agencies got a lot less than they were asking for and some like EPA got no increase at all.

This was a deal / bill created much like the Pelosi / Reid Congress created the EpicClusterFark. Done by a few people, in secret, with lobbyists and staff doing the bulk of the work. It was then assembled into a 2,000+ page collection that one ‘needed to pass in order to see what is in it’ and dumped on everyone’s table with 48 hours notice and a funding expiration deadline.

The Freedom Caucus was largely bypassed because Ryan already announced that the Hastert Rule was null and void on that vote. It passed, not because of the GOP majority in the House, but on the votes of Democrats.

We will never get a handle on spending unless and until the Congress gets back to regular order and passing individual appropriations bills.

That’s the first step. But the bottom line remains – as long as the GOPe and the progressives are in near lockstep with the expansion of government, believe that the funds seized from taxpayers have few limits, that deficit spending isn’t a bad thing, and owe their fealty not to the taxpayer, but lobbyists and special interests – we will never get a handle on spending.

Which is why that never happened while Harry Reid ran the Senate. But it’s a total failure by the GOP that they could not return to regular order this year after regaining control of the Senate. No excuse for that at all, except that Boehner just didn’t make it a priority.

rockmom on December 18, 2015 at 2:32 PM

The GOPe didn’t make it a priority. It’s not just one person, and Boehner’s departure doesn’t change a thing since someone as craven as Boehner replaced him. This is why so many of us are more and more convinced that we have to BURN.IT.DOWN.

Athos on December 18, 2015 at 3:52 PM

I’m surprised they didn’t put anything in the bill supporting gun confiscation!

Jackson on December 18, 2015 at 8:43 AM

They’re saving that for dear leader so he can issue an executive order and be savior of the people.

Teach me how to Bucky on December 18, 2015 at 4:10 PM

Sold out again…exactly as expected and predicted by conservatives.

JIMV on December 18, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Since this is more of the same crap we got from Boehner but the freedom caucus is happy because of the way Ryan conducted himself, i guess the freedom caucus doesnt really mind an asparagus stem up the backside, they just want to be wined and dined first.

sleroi on December 19, 2015 at 12:54 AM

both parties are in on this.

Do you think Mark Zuckerberg gives a damn about refugees? Or Bezos? They’ve been pushing this as a program to depress wages and have been in simpatico with the Republicans and Democrats because both parties want the same thing.

itsspideyman on December 18, 2015 at 9:45 AM

What you say is true, after a fashion. Both parties claim to oppose, or perhaps we should say fail to effectively resist, things they claim to hate. The GOP does it with spending. They talk a good game, or at least they use to, but they never seem to do very much about it. That’s the way the Democrats are about protecting American jobs. It gets much lip service from them, but they never manage do defend jobs with the same zeal they defend abortion.

DFCtomm on December 19, 2015 at 6:00 AM

All of them are RINO’s.

Pardonme on December 19, 2015 at 8:04 AM

DISGRACEFUL.

hillbillyjim on December 21, 2015 at 12:13 AM

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