One year ago Bruce Braley rang in the New Year celebrating a deal only a real DC insider could love. The year began with an agreement with President Obama to raise taxes in exchange for a threat of sequester cuts and ignoring the debt ceiling. What Iowans call “kicking the can down the road,” Braley calls statesmanship.
A few days later the 113th Congress gaveled in. Bruce Braley put up his first vote of 2013 for Nancy “pass it so we can find out what’s in it” Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Yep.
Leadership returned Bruce Braley to the Energy and Commerce Committee, no doubt a reward for past partisan loyalty such as voting against the “if you like it, you can keep it” amendment to Obamacare. Braley would flip-flop on this vote before the end of the year.
By February, the debt ceiling “can” was kicked to May. Meanwhile, the spending “can” was again kicked down the road, this time to the end of September.
Springtime brought the IRS targeting scandal (joining Benghazi, Fast and Furious, NSA, and other unresolved failures and lawlessness) and in June, Braley applauded the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act.
During the August recess, Bruce Braley refused to hold town halls due to the “profound impact that the shooting of Gabby Giffords had on this whole conversation.” He also cited “budget constraints.” His newfound fear of his own constituents didn’t transfer to several August campaign events, however. Braley had Giffords headline his fundraising event in October where the theme of the event was more gun control.
Braley held an online poll this summer to gauge Iowans interest in backing Obama’s intervention in Syria’s civil war. Iowans said “no.” Perhaps he should have taken a poll of website contractors to find out if Obamacare was ready and secure.
Upon returning to Washington, Braley found more “cans” for Congress to keep kicking. Since taking the floor to make the final pitch for passing Obamacare into law, Bruce Braley had voted against every measure, resolution or amendment to repeal, delay, or alter Obamacare. He had even voted against repeal of the CLASS Act, an Obamacare program so unworkable even the Obama administration refused to implement it. But a shutdown and a debt ceiling were looming. How would Braley respond?
Braley preferred a partial shutdown over any changes or delays to Obamacare and its October 1 rollout.
The partial shutdown had a tremendous adverse effect on Braley’s ability to govern. My kingdom for a towel.
And of course, barricading our veterans from getting into their open-air monuments on the National Mall.
Oh, yes. How about the rollout of Obamacare. Drum roll, please.
Bruce Braley’s health care law turned out to be a disaster. What else could possibly go wrong with the worst legislation ever to be signed into law?
At the end of October, Brookings released a study that declared Braley’s Cash for Clunkers a fiasco that spent $1.4 million in tax dollars for each job created. The program ended in a sea of confusion and an overloaded computer system. Sound familiar?
Finally, 2013 ends with the spending and debt ceiling “cans” still in front of him. What would Braley do this time? Yep, he kicked it again. He supported yet another budget deal that borrows and spends today with promises to cut something sometime in the future. Revenues were raised, the sequester is gone, but Bruce Braley voted for the deal even though it included pension cuts for our veterans, including those disabled in combat.
I’m sure Bruce Braley was thankful for the end of 2013. But there was one more piece of bad news: Braley found himself complicit in 2013’s “Lie of the Year”– “If you like it, you can keep it.”
Bruce Braley is keeping, and needs to own, 2013 whether he likes it or not.
The Clovis for U.S. Senate campaign provided TheIowaRepublican.com this article.
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