By Javier Manjarres
With the House voting in favor of the ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise, the Republican split in the U.S. House of Representatives has expectedly widened after months of division between Speaker Boehner’s more ‘establishment’ faction of the party and House Majority Whips Eric Cantor’s more ‘conservative’ side.
The GOP divide could not have been made any clearer as House leadership was split on the controversial vote. Inexplicably, ‘Mr. Fiscal responsibility’ and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan sided with Boehner and Democrats in favor of the bill, while Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy voted against it.
For the most part, all of the Tea Party caucus members of the House voted against measure, all except for Rodney Alexander, Pete King, Wally Herger, Ander Crenshaw and Blaine Luetkemeyer, who at one point had stated that they were against tax hikes, but now have shown their true colors on tax hikes.
The bright side, if there is one, is that there is now a very clear picture as to which members in the U.S. Congress are willing to compromise their supposed principles of less government and lesser taxes. Senators Rubio, Paul, and Lee joined other prominent members of the U.S. House- Allen West, Michele Bachmann, Steve King and others in sticking to their belief that raising taxes will only hurt Americans further down the road when employers will inevitably pass on to them one of the largest increases in taxes.
This compromise by Republicans not only gives President Obama the undeserving credibility that he needed to convince Americans that he could work with Republicans, but will serve to open future doors for the President’s reckless agenda that would have normally not been opened.
House Tea Party Caucus Chairwoman Congresswoman Michele Bachmann sent out these thoughts prior to voting against the compromise-
“The answer to a $16 trillion national debt and 23 million Americans struggling to find work is not raising taxes to prop up more big government spending. We simply cannot demand more money from hard working Americans without changing the way Washington spends money. Small business owners and entrepreneurs will now be faced with new tax increases that will stifle job creation and economic growth. Combined with the burdensome Obamacare tax increases that just went into effect, it’s a recipe for an anemic recovery in 2013.
“For the sake of our children and grandchildren’s future, we must reject job-killing deficit spending and come together to find solutions that will reduce spending and lead to a positive economic turnaround.”
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