The Establishment Strikes Back

gop-white-house-reach-budget-deal.jpg&maxw=600&q=100&cb=20151027112250&cci_ts=20151027112249For years we’ve heard the disgruntled among us say that there’s really just one political party, and that Democrats and Republicans are just two sides of the same coin.  It turns out that’s completely correct.  The establishment of the Republican Party is much more interested in maintaining the status quo than in implementing any real conservative agenda.  You and I have simply been the chumps that believed their rhetoric and gave them control of Congress as a check on the excesses of the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.

Republicans have been playing us for fools.  The swift and eager manner with which John Boehner just cut a two-year budget deal is all the evidence we need.  The government’s been operating under a series of continuing budget resolutions for years now.  Neither party has been willing to draft and pass a yearly federal budget.  Doing so might have defined them as either too conservative or too liberal for their electorate’s taste.  Instead, they have been working together to spend more and more money and drive us even further into debt.  The establishment class of both parties are in cahoots — they want exactly the same things. Besides wanting to spend more money, the two parties are indistinguishable when it comes to the two main issues of the GOP presidential primary season… illegal immigration and bad trade deals that have outsourced the bulk of American manufacturing jobs to the developing world.  Let’s look at where we stand on these issues (as voters) compared with the two parties’ positions:

The American people want the government to gain control of the border and enforce federal immigration law.  We know that illegal aliens suppress American wages because we’re the people who’ve been directly affected by the presence of millions of illegals in the labor market.  In Washington though, both parties want the continued flow of illegals into our country.  The Republicans want the cheap labor, and the Democrats want the reliably liberal votes that will come with the inevitable amnesty.  This is why both parties keep talking about comprehensive immigration reform and constantly say that “our immigration system is broken.”  Our immigration system isn’t broken, we just keep electing people who refuse to enforce federal immigration law.

We have watched, in our lifetime, what Ross Perot called, “the giant sucking sound” of American jobs leaving this country.  Multinational corporations (many of which were originally American) have moved manufacturing and customer service divisions overseas to take advantage of cheap labor and lax regulatory bureaucracies.  While outsourcing may be good for the corporate bottom line, it’s left American workers with significantly less opportunity than we saw in Perot’s day.  We want political leaders that are more concerned with the welfare of American workers than with the profits of multinational corporations.

With the rise of Donald Trump, we see the American electorate responding to a political outsider who promises to clamp down on illegal aliens and target American corporations that move jobs out of the country.  Just those two issues would be enough to differentiate him from the crowd of normal politicians.  But he goes further and promises to simplify the tax code by lowering rates and reducing deductions.  He says that he’ll go after the hedge fund managers and he’ll also reduce spending by eliminating waste and fraud.  The voters believe him, and that’s why he’s been leading the Republican field for so long.  We don’t believe the establishment Republicans on any of these issues anymore.  Trump has convinced us that he’s on our side.

The GOP knows that the jig is up.  They’ve been exposed as long-term collaborators with the Democrats.  They know that primary voters are about to nominate an outsider (be it Trump, Carson, or Fiorina) to head the presidential ticket.  Along with an outsider as the nominee, there’s sure to be a movement to throw the establishment tools out of Congress during the same election cycle.  With the revolt of conservatives in the House and the ouster of Boehner, the establishment has decided to pass a two-year federal budget after not bothering to pass one in six years.  All the drama that surrounded each of the continuing resolutions was simply an act.  The Republicans were satisfied with putting on a show of (supposedly) trying to rein in spending only to cave and approve the next in a series of short-term resolutions that would save us from defaulting on our loans and prevent the shutdown of the federal government.

Now that the establishment is about to be thrown out, these rats are miraculously able to agree not just on a real annual budget, but on a two-year budget so that they can avoid dealing with the inevitable reform-minded newcomers that will ride the anti-establishment wave into office during next year’s election.  What should we take away from all of this?  Stay the course.  The establishment’s political goals are not the same as yours.  Make sure to vote in the upcoming primary season.  If you can’t see yourself voting for Trump, then get out there and vote for Carson or Fiorina.

Kick the bums to the curb.