After about an hour of studying last night’s budget deal, I find it right on the borderline between (A) awful-tasting medicine we still need to take for our health and (B) a cure that is worse than the disease. But careful, careful attention pushes the calculation every-so-slightly toward the former. This isn’t even a 51-49 proposition, but only a 50.1-49.9 proposition. Still, here’s why the option of a “yes” vote for House Republicans — notwithstanding my warnings yesterday that “no deal” is better than a bad deal — is not an unacceptable decision. First, obviously
Slowly but surely, this "Fiscal Cliff" narrative will actually become a turning point in America Politics with a series of questions that The White House, The Senate, The MSM, and the American people will need to answer. If the Republicans and the Libertarians are smart, all they will need to do is ask these questions and let the Progressives answer them.
Will more tax revenue solve our spending problems? (No. $1 of debt reduction for every $42 of tax revenue won’t stop debt limit increases)
If we raise taxes even more later this year, will that balance our budget? (No)
If we raise our debt limit, will we balance our budget? (No)
Is cutting the GROWTH of spending actually cutting the number of dollars we spend? (No)
But if we DO cut the GROWTH of spending, will that stop us from having to keep increasing our debt limit? (No)
So the only way to balance the budget is to actually CUT spending? (Yes)
Do we have recommendations to cut our waste, fraud, and abuse in government spending? (Yes)
Have we ever proposed doing that before we raise taxes or cut vital safety net programs? (No)
Will the political party that proposes that first be demonized or praised by the other party and the press for doing so? (Who knows?)
The agreement stinks, but it could have been worse. We put ourselves in this position. We lost and Obama has all the leverage.
My only problem with Boehner has been his tactics. Instead of negotiating with Obama he should have made a clear, concise pitch to the voters. We need a big 2014 to take the Senate, this was an opportunity to fire the opening salvo.
Couldn´t agree more Mr Hillyer... "It might just be time to lick our wounds, take our medicine, hobble away, and prepare a counterassault from high ground of our own choosing. In those two months, conservatives should push Paul Ryan back to the fore, and should listen to the wisdom of Jeff Sessions in the Senate about using open hearings to highlight the conservative case for lower spending, and should also push people to the fore such as Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, and Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz."
Don´t like the result but what else can you realistically expect? We couldn´t get enough workers to the polls on November 6 and continue to be outnumbered by the parasites. Bottom line - go back to basics and awaken as many of the Nov 6 absentees as you can.
I agree with Hillyer. The alternative is really bad and I´d rather not do it. That said, the argument that those who vote for big government should pay for big government makes sense. The thing is, I didn´t vote for big government.
OMG, it is sad to see even onside the beltway folksd like Hillyer dont understand that the Senate will not cut spending. They put off the "cuts". Why even include the provision at all if there intent was to cut spending?
They act like cutting 10% from a $600 billion budget will make us defenseless.
Nonsense. Obama won this battle in the public perception. The details don´t matter. We will not be able to "fight from high ground." We are in full retreat. The House should amend the bill to Bowles-Simpson and watch the fascist in the White House choke. They won´t. It´s a tuxedo world and the GOP is a pair of brown shoes.
Corporal Hitler refused to let his generals on the Eastern front make strategic withdrawals when it could have made a vast improvement in their situation. His refusal resulted in numerous German Armies being completely destroyed. The Germans were experts in these type actions. I hope Quin is right and McConnel and Boehner are doing a maneuver here, two months with Obamacare kicking in, 5% drop this week in O´s popularity since Christmas and the embarrassing act he did in his speech yesterday all give hope. Its hard to carryout a maneuver when our own side blames our guys for the poor situation. It´s about strategy and slowing down the enemy as well as leading "them" into a trap for a change. I know one thing, Obama does not sound or act like he´s winning.
Not awful? Then how come that $620B tax increase is already mostly spent? Each year congress automatically increases spending by 6-8% by some stupid congressional rule. That 15B cut is already gone because the increase in spending wipes it out.
This deal was a deal with the devil. McConnell needs to be sent packing. And now that the House has passed it, so do they. Next cave will be the debt limit.
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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