Thursday, April 28, 2011

This is the Moment for the GOP to Take a Stand!

A lot of us conservatives and tea party people were disappointed at the compromise between the GOP and the president on tax deal in December of 2010.  We were told, and it was true, that the new GOP elected officials had yet to be inaugurated and this was still the old congress.  The GOP leaders said watch us in the new year when we will have the new members of congress in with us.   OK, well enough.   Then comes up the 2011 budget which the GOP had to take up because the Dems refused to take it up when they were in control.
All of a sudden the 100 billion in cuts that the GOP promised in their pledge to America, would of course now have to be pro rated.  OK, that sounds reasonable.  So, the 100 billion would become 56 billion. But with a looming shut down of the government closing in we wondered if the GOP would stand strong.  Well, the courageous Paul Ryan, R-WI, had just come out with his 6.2 trillion in cuts for his 2012 budget proposal and that was a big deal.  Then of course, the raising of the debt ceiling would soon come up.   So, then all the talk changed to 'let's not shut down the government over these small potatoes when we have such big issues where we will need to take a stand'.  So, on April 14 of this year, congress passed the Boehner/ Reid compromise budget for 2011.  The 100 billion in cuts, which became 56 billion, which became 38 billion in the compromise bill,  turned out to be [after all the smoke and mirrors were taken away] only a couple 100 million.  What a disappointment for so many hopeful Americans.

OK GOP leaders you told us the end of last year was too early.   You then told us the 2011 budget was too small potatoes to shut down the government with such big budget battle issues ahead.
Well, the next big battle has arrived GOP.  The future is now.  No more excuses GOP.  It is time to take a stand!

There are encouraging signs by some prominent Republicans. Here are just a few examples.
Michele Bachmann, R-MN, said recently:
"Now is the time to find fiscal stability. Instead of raising the debt ceiling and giving ourselves an excuse to delay the inevitable, let’s start working on solutions."

Moderate Mark Kirk, R-IL, said this on Face the Nation:
"I will vote 'no' on raising the debt ceiling unless we have comprehensive, dramatic, effective, and broad-based cuts to federal spending including the reform of entitlement spending,"
Kirk said raising the debt limit without substantial cuts "would risk repeating the mistakes of the governments of Greece, Portugal and Ireland -- all who said 'yes' to everyone and 'no' to their economic future."

One of  the exciting new young gun Congressman, Allen West, R-FL,  said this about raising the debt ceiling:
“My message to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Harry Reid, and Secretary of the Treasury Geithner is simple,” added West. “No raising of the debt ceiling unless we have spending control measures.” West called for a federal balanced budget amendment, cutting federal spending and the corporate and business tax rate, and automatic budget cuts in the future when the debt ceiling is close to being reached down the road. “If these four conditions are not met, I will vote no now and in the future,” insisted West. “Furthermore, I will work endlessly to persuade my colleagues to do the same.”

Now this is what I am talking about.  Let's hope these youthful candidates have sway with the more experienced GOP congressman and senators.  Because there is no more waiting for the big fiscal issue to come up in the future.  It is right here, right now.
At the state level, here are just a few of the GOP governors who have led the way for bringing fiscal sanity back to their states: Scot Walker, WI, Mitch Daniels, IN, and Chris Christie, NJ.
Now it is time for the GOP at the federal level to show the same strength as those GOP governors and not wilt in the wake of the criticism that will surely rain down on them form liberal democrats and the liberal media.   Do not raise  the debt ceiling unless there is an iron clad  guarantee of spending cuts, entitlement reform and tax reform that lowers rates and simplifies the tax code.
Now is the time to take that stand.

Stand tall for America GOP!     This is the moment!

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