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It's Official Tea Is Good for the GOP
Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2011 | Robert Knight

Posted on 07/27/2011 12:16:00 PM PDT by Kaslin

Of all the bombs that liberal pundits toss at the Tea Party, none better illustrates why the GOP should actually pay attention than last Thursday’s article by E. J. Dionne Jr., the liberal Washington Post columnist.

Dionne, who looks at Obama’s feet and sees water wings, often tries to advise the Republican Party, out of the goodness of his heart. The July 21 version of his political Dear Abby series was, “Toss the Tea Party aside: To forge a debt deal, the GOP must reject fringe ideas.”

Whenever Dionne professes to worry about the Grand Old Party, it’s time to pivot 180 degrees and do the opposite. This means grabbing the Tea Party, holding on tight, and listening to what the heartland is saying above the Beltway noise.

It was largely due to Tea Party pressure that House leaders came up with “cut, cap and balance” and passed it by a vote of 234 to 190 on July 19, although the Senate tabled it on July 22. To Dionne, the idea of cutting federal spending, capping it gradually to less than 20 percent of Gross Domestic Product, and enacting a balanced budget amendment with supermajority requirements for tax increases is “fringe.”

Dionne is especially disappointed in Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who during bipartisan talks with Vice President Joe Biden “won praise for his focus even from liberal staffers who have no use for his politics.”

Cantor listened, then walked away from the table, fortified by support from what Dionne calls “right-wing rejectionists.” That’s a step up from Harry Reid’s calling the Tea Party “evil mongers.”

Like most in the media, Dionne misrepresents the Tea Party’s position concerning the possibility of default if the debt ceiling is not raised. He wants Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner to “tell the obstreperous right that it is flatly and dangerously wrong when it claims that default is of little consequence.”

The Tea Party position is that if the debt ceiling is not raised, the country does not have to go into default. With billions in current tax revenue, Obama can write checks for interest payments, Social Security, Medicare, veterans, and to pay our soldiers. After that, he can play the Washington Monument Game. That’s when liberals shut down popular government services instead of the massive bureaucratic leviathan that stretches for miles across Washington and the nation.

What really needs to happen long-term is serious reform of the entitlement systems that are bankrupting the country. A key element is block granting funds to the states so Washington won’t be able to skim so much and create perverse incentives. For a primer on why the 1996 welfare reform can be a model for restructuring entitlements, see the Carleson Center for Public Policy’s site at www.theccpp.org.

In the current debt drama, Obama is posturing outrageously, threatening old people, the disabled, and others that he would turn into victims. The whole thing reminds me of that tongue-in-cheek magazine cover years ago showing a dog with a gun to its head, and the words, “Buy this magazine, or we’ll kill this dog.” Replace the dog with a picture of grandma and you have Obama’s subtle message.

“Our country is on the edge. Our capital looks like a lunatic asylum to many of our own citizens and much of the world,” Dionne laments in a rare, spot-on description.

He has a solution: “We need to act now to restore certainty by extending the debt ceiling through the end of this Congress.”

You mean so Obama can continue his insane spending spree and keep the debt question off the front pages until after 2012? Finally, “Republicans need to decide whether they want to be responsible conservatives.”

Chew on that for a minute while reflecting on the fact that Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid, unlike the conservative-led GOP House, has not produced a budget in two years. If that’s being a “responsible liberal,” then what does an irresponsible liberal look like? Insert your own punch line here.

A CNN poll released Thursday shows that a majority of the folks in the survey, don’t want the debt ceiling raised. Sixty-six percent do favor this proposal: “Congress would raise the debt ceiling only if a balanced budget amendment were passed by both houses of Congress and substantial spending cuts and caps on future spending were approved.”

That’s cut, cap and balance in a nutshell. But wait. Those polled are a bit conflicted. In the same survey, 73 percent want to increase taxes paid by oil and gas companies. Apparently, they won’t mind when these costs are passed on to them at the pump, or they haven’t connected the dots.

Another 76 percent responded to Obama’s latest class warfare gambit by favoring an increase in taxes on businesses that own private jets. And finally, in another burst of Marxist, redistributionist spirit, 76 percent say they want to increase taxes “paid by people who make more than $250,000 a year.”

It’s too bad that so many people apparently despair of ever making that much. It tells me that we can’t expand Junior Achievement programs fast enough. Also, that we need to redouble efforts to break the monopoly of government schools that teach children socialist economics.

As the debt ceiling deadline approaches, Republicans, and Democrats who want to save what’s left of our country, had better throw away the bottle of Old Profligacy, sober up, and take up the Tea Party mandate to cut back government and restore our constitutional republic.

It’s not what Mr. Dionne, Mr. Obama or Mr. Reid would recommend, but that’s one major clue that it’s the right thing to do for not only the GOP but for our country.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; debtceiling; teaparty

1 posted on 07/27/2011 12:16:02 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

bfl


2 posted on 07/27/2011 12:18:06 PM PDT by lonevoice (Life is short. Make fun of it.)
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To: Kaslin

I just read that Tax Cheat Geithner moved the crisis date from July, to Aug2, now to Aug 10.

Crisis, default, government shutdown, crisis, crisis, crisis...well until Peabaggers move the date or get their fingers in or wallets some more.


3 posted on 07/27/2011 12:23:47 PM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Kaslin

Tea partiers aren’t saying “default is of little consequence.” What we are saying is that the U.S. takes in enough revenue to pay what must be paid without any increase to the debt ceiling. And that includes the debt payments that must be made to avoid default.


4 posted on 07/27/2011 12:28:37 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Kaslin

But have conservatives checked the tea before drinking it to make sure it wasn’t spiked with Kook-aid?


5 posted on 07/27/2011 12:34:20 PM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: Kaslin

“We need to act now to restore certainty by extending the debt ceiling through the end of this Congress.”

The insanity of that statement is so clear. On PJTV, Bill Whittle had a rant: If you are borrowing money to pay your bills, you’re already in trouble, by the *definition* of debt!

But this is how the Left thinks.


6 posted on 07/27/2011 12:39:32 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Kaslin
I would like to note that if it was President McCain, this conversation wouldn't be taking place. It would have been rubber stamped and we'd be another 2.5 trillion dollars in debt.

Conservatives as a whole will gain much from McCain's loss. While we have many disappointments from Obama, nothing would have been worse than continuing the freespending spree by the White House and congress that became the hallmark of the Bush years.

Does this mean I think we should try to lose in 2012? The answer depends upon the nominee. If it's yet another big spending liberal in (r)ino clothing, then it is better to remain in opposition than it is to drool at the knees of a liberal and enable even more spending sprees.

Obama’s merely Present, not President. Better to have a reactionary bozo lead the party into a tepid presidential election where they stand to lose more of the Senate and House than simply vote R.

All that being said, every effort should be made during the primaries to sink the (r)inos and put conservatives into the best position possible. Simply winning the White House gave us No Teacher Left Behind, TARP bailouts of banks, horrible monetary policy, and continued forced loans from banks to deadbeats that resulted in the financial crash.

7 posted on 07/27/2011 12:46:30 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Kaslin; lonevoice; Freddd; MEGoody; ex-snook; Clock King; kingu

Well, it never fails, when given friendly advice by a concerned liberal, do the exact opposite. You can’t go wrong.

I remember a film in gubbermint class in high screwl in the early eighties.

Tip O’Neil was a contributor, he admitted that most congresscritters rarely knew enough to cast an informed vote on more than a narrow band of issues.

He half-jokingly said that, in such situations, an old colleague of his would first find out which way Bella Abzug (big hat-wearing commie/feminazi of yore) was voting and vote the opposite.

Sounded like good advice. Liberals, even when they don’t know beans about the issue in question, unfailingly side with evil. It’s a strange but real extrasensory power they possess, like the way an anti-semite can smell joooz.

Strong language I realize, but years of observation have led me to that conclusion.


8 posted on 07/27/2011 1:05:51 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

Bump


9 posted on 07/27/2011 1:16:44 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: sinanju
but years of observation have led me to that conclusion.

Was it Yogi Berra that one said, "You can see quite a lot just by observing."?

10 posted on 07/27/2011 1:21:55 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: Kaslin

A gentleman on CNBC (of all places) came out and said that raising the debt ceiling will NOT result in our economy not being down-graded. His stand is that this country currently has an unsustainable debt and that raising the debt ceiling may kick the can down the road but will NOT stop this nation’s economy from being down-graded. The only fix is to stop the drunken spending - and raising taxes isn’t a solution since that is a job killer. While I blame Bush and the Rinos for the mess we are in, along with the libs, I can honestly say that the Republicans are actually starting to “get-it” and realize that the spending must stop. The libs, however, aren’t interested in saving our economy - their disdain for this country is palpable and they would not lose sleep over standing by and watching the collapse. They actually want a one-world government and see themselves as the top echelon. We, the tax payers, are merely serfs to them and are incapable of seeing their “world vision” due to our middle-class ignorance.


11 posted on 07/27/2011 1:34:51 PM PDT by onevoter
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To: Kaslin

as long as they reject my ‘fringe’ tax dollars, i’d be fine with being ignored

funny how they just can’t seem to do that


12 posted on 07/27/2011 2:00:56 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Kaslin

Screw McCain.

I actually hate him more than Schumer, Reid, and Grayson combined.


13 posted on 07/27/2011 3:25:30 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (A blind clock finds a nut at least twice a day.)
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To: Kaslin
"Apparently, they won’t mind when these costs are passed on to them at the pump, or they haven’t connected the dots."

Americans in large part(probably over 85%) have no clue how a business operates and seem to believe tax increases assessed against then simply come out of the pockets of the "Rich Executives".

On numerous occasions I have tried to explain to liberal (but well meaning) friends of mine that Corp actually pay (themselves) no tax at all but rather include it into the final price of the product or service they offer for sale. It is an expense and like other expenses it is figured into the cost of producing the product for sale and the profit is then added on.

Most often the response, after a blank look, is something along the lines of, "Yeah well they still have to write a check to the government"

Like the man said, some people are just "stuck on stupid"

14 posted on 07/28/2011 3:15:31 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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