We need the Tea Party now more than ever
Are they just plain crazy up there, or stupid, or both?
Massive, insurmountable national debt, outrageous government borrowing and spending, and monster budget deficits are crushing our economy and putting the country at risk.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs says our financial mess is our greatest national security threat.
In the face of disaster, do we have clear-eyed and courageous leadership in Washington?
Not on your life.
It is tragic to realize, once again, hyper-partisanship and rancor prevent sound decision making in Washington. The reality is our country is on the brink thanks to lunatic government spending and debt. Faced with such a crisis you would expect the President and Congress to act in substantive ways to solve the problem and save the day.
No such luck.
The President, after failing in the State of the Union to provide any serious sense of how he will lead in next two years, floats an irresponsible tax and spend budget for next year on the very day it’s announced our national debt is now larger than the gross national product, $15 trillion.
That has happened only one other time in our history: WWII.
More and more, experts fear the worst: the U.S. government will be seen high risk, it will not be able to borrow what it needs to stay afloat, America will default on its obligations, causing economic devastation at home, and around the world.
If you think the demonstrations in Egypt were worrisome, just wait until you see food riots worldwide.
When we need to cut taxes and spending by many hundreds of billions, even trillions of dollars, the President proposes raising taxes $1.5 trillion. He proposes massive new spending. And by suggesting tiny, meaningless cuts in the millions he would have us believe he is serious about fiscal responsibility.
Has he simply lost touch with reality? Does he think we are idiots? Does he actually want to see us come crashing down?
Former Comptroller David Walker under Clinton (acknowledged expert on federal spending and the budget) says Obama has shirked his responsibility: “He is the chief executive officer of the United States government. He is the political quarterback in chief. He needs to lead, rather than punt. He appointed this [debt] commission. They did good work. And he has done nothing with their work.It’s an incredible disappointment.”
Obama isn’t the only disappointment.
The Republicans in this new Congress, promising a meager $100 billion in spending cuts this year, seem to capitulate, split hairs and back pedal. The debate over the continuing resolution to fund the government this year sees an amendment to defund Obamacare squashed by Speaker Boehner.
According to Jim Simpson, former White House economist, defunding Obamacare would immediately save taxpayers more than $100 billion, and trillions over time. He agrees with King and many others this could be the only real chance for Congress to end Obamacare, something the vast majority of voters see as prudent from a number of angles.
Obviously, Boehner and others want to avoid a shutdown of the government next month. Allowing King’s defund amendment and the resulting debate could cause such a shutdown, handing the Democrats an RPG to shoot at Republicans. The ever-arrogant and snide Harry Reid has already started accusing evil Republicans of plotting to shutdown the government. This happened in the 90s under Clinton who then used the incident to pistol whip Gingrich and the Republicans.
No doubt Obama would welcome a government shutdown allowing him a Clinton redux, improving his re-election odds.
Even so, conservatives are rightly furious that Boehner and others are unwilling to allow debate on King’s amendment, saying if there was ever a time for an all-out fight, it’s now, especially in view of heightening popular activism supportive of such a fight. This is not the 90s. It’s likely the majority will gladly support a government shutdown if that is what it takes to get government under control.
After all, we are talking survival.
Meanwhile, those hoping Obamacare will be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court worry that is no sure thing, especially since Reid and his henchmen are trying to remove Justice Thomas. Congressional Democrats falsely accuse Justice Thomas of conflict of interest because his wife has been politically active working against Obamacare. The rancor and hyper-partisanship drive certain ideologues to infect the Court with politics.
As to the budget and taxes and spending, Dick Morris has come up with quite a strategy. Morris, the chief strategist behind Bill Clinton’s election successes, urges a showdown on the budget. He says the more Congress forces the President to resist needed cuts, the more Obama will be revealed the extremist tax and spend radical he tries to hide, and the more he will be seen weak and irresponsible, spelling doom in 2012. Thus for Morris, the battle over the budget is the best way to defeat Obama in two years.
House Republicans, by playing nice with the likes of Obama and Reid, will fail to exact mandatory cuts in spending, fail to turn this economy, and fail to win in 2012.
All the more reason to reconsider King’s amendment to defund Obamacare, and fight Obama every step of the way for every cut you can achieve, even if it means a series of short-term funding resolutions to force each issue, as Morris suggests.
You simply do not entertain a cease-fire when the entire war hinges on this battle.