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For Once, Republicans Must Ignore All Calls and Jump off Cliff
Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Matt Towery

Posted on 12/13/2012 5:54:51 AM PST by Kaslin

I remember it well. It was Christmastime 1995, and much of the business establishment seemed furious with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. As his political chair, I was hearing them out. Moreover, I was by then CEO of one of the nation's largest producers of corporate annual reports -- big-ticket items -- so I was listening intently.

But I had no influence. Bill Clinton was having nothing to do with Newt's threats to "shut down" the government, and that is exactly what Newt did -- twice -- both in December of 1995 and again in January of 1996. The result? Clinton ultimately agreed to contain the budget, endorsed capital gains reform and declared that the "era of big government is over."

Oh, yes, they called Newt the "Gingrich Whole Stole Christmas," and a good man but weak presidential nominee, Bob Dole, paid the price for Newt's following unpopularity -- or more likely, the popularity of Clinton, who appeared more moderate and pro-business as a result of Gingrich freeing him up to be the true moderate he was in those days. But few remember that it was Clinton whose popularity dipped during the shutdown. How quickly the public forgot and still does -- a point worth noting.

While nothing from generation to generation is completely comparable, Gingrich and his fellow Republicans stuck their necks out against a growing public outrage and forced real change in this nation. It may be the most recent time such a brave act took place.

I recognize that "falling off the cliff" is viewed as the equivalent of not passing TARP on the first round in the House during the 2008 monetary meltdown. But do these business leaders really believe they are going to get the type of relief they need -- keeping taxes on dividend-yielding income low, for example -- in some last-minute agreement cobbled together between the White House and Congress? If so, they are fooling themselves.

This is more about the idiotic agreement to surrender to automatic sequestration within the federal government, which will emerge on Jan. 1 if no deal is reached -- and more specifically is driven by a desire to preserve defense spending. No one is against spending necessary dollars on defense, or other areas of government. But if Republicans are ever going to quit supplying additional money for the administration to expand the so-called "welfare state," now is the time.

Here's one example. Just days after Christmas, a large number of unemployment payments will expire. Sure, the GOP will get the blame for that, but those who care about it will never vote GOP and, moreover, will find President Obama and Congress rushing to their rescue -- oh, and that requires Republican votes, which creates leverage in future negotiations.

And yes, taxes will automatically rise on virtually every category of taxpayer, and their payroll deduction will increase, and the Obamacare tax will kick in -- all of which will cause most working Americans to realize just how good they had it under the "bad, bad George W. Bush." That will hopefully lead to quicker real negotiations between Democrats and Republicans and a more realistic reworking of the tax system and cuts in spending.

If Congress and Obama kick the can down the road with a "tax the rich" temporary solution in December, Obama will roll everyone next year. Promises by the administration of spending cuts in the future or assertions that "existing cuts" are future ones are hollow and silly. What leverage will the GOP have next year that will be stronger than the cards they hold now? The answer: none.

As a former GOP legislator, I was notorious for working with Democrats to reach a common ground. But in this case, there is no common ground. President Obama truly believes in using the excuse of "the rich," which never differentiates a Bill Gates from a farm owner or small-business person, as a means not of balancing budgets, but reengineering the social fabric of America. That's his gig. I get it.

But Republicans will just keep losing ground if, every time the threat of a crisis arises and markets take a temporary dive, they cave in to compromise that means giving up more and more of what they allegedly stood for in the first place.

Hold your nose, Republicans, and take a dive off the cliff into the uncertain waters of temporary unpopularity. You won't drown, and you will force the other guy to have to start swimming just as hard.


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1 posted on 12/13/2012 5:54:53 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Americans need to buy American.

Stop importing everything.


2 posted on 12/13/2012 5:57:53 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Kaslin

3 posted on 12/13/2012 5:58:09 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kaslin

I’m guessing Boehner and the anti-American media will all come to our “rescue” just in time with much praise and adulation by Big Media and the Hussein Heads in time for the holidays.

How do those mall parking lots look these days?

I see zero Big media reports about how great Christmas shopping is this season.


4 posted on 12/13/2012 6:05:14 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Kaslin
RE :”And yes, taxes will automatically rise on virtually every category of taxpayer, and their payroll deduction will increase, and the Obamacare tax will kick in — all of which will cause most working Americans to realize just how good they had it under the “bad, bad George W. Bush.” That will hopefully lead to quicker real negotiations between Democrats and Republicans and a more realistic reworking of the tax system and cuts in spending. “

right, they will all blame Obama, just like they did the past two years.

5 posted on 12/13/2012 6:07:49 AM PST by sickoflibs (Dems know how to win. Rs know how to whine.)
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To: Kaslin
Anyone with a memory span long enough to extend to the primary season will recall how Newt Gingrich was vilified on these threads and elsewhere in the conservative world for being a Rino.


6 posted on 12/13/2012 6:09:05 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Kaslin; All

Why isn’t the lesson is even if you do the right thing the other guy gets the credit?


7 posted on 12/13/2012 6:14:37 AM PST by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: Kaslin

quote “If Congress and Obama kick the can down the road with a “tax the rich” temporary solution in December, Obama will roll everyone next year”

that is the key point.

If the GOP caves on this... the mid terms will be a bloodbath.

Stick to your guns GOP or conservatives will abandon you.


8 posted on 12/13/2012 6:15:23 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: treetopsandroofs
How do those mall parking lots look these days?

I think more people are shopping online instead.

9 posted on 12/13/2012 6:15:39 AM PST by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: Kaslin

That does bring up an interesting point that the Republicans never argued and would be interesting to hear.

If they all go up then the middle class revert back from the Bush rates to the Clinton rates, for everyone.

You wonder if a strong national R leader (there is none I see) could point out that Obama and Dems have been praising the Clinton rates and call him out on it.

In fact what if they had used this last year to split Obama from Clinton. Its cynical yes but that’s how Dems win.


10 posted on 12/13/2012 6:17:46 AM PST by sickoflibs (Dems know how to win. Rs know how to whine.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“Stick to your guns GOP or conservatives will abandon you.”

Too late for me. I abandoned the GOP, changed my affiliation to Independent and until the day I die not vote for another Republican with less than a 99% Conservative ranking.


11 posted on 12/13/2012 6:32:11 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You cant bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: Kaslin

Boehner has to go. He and G.W’s fear of the media and popular opininion have fathered the republicans current weak hand.


12 posted on 12/13/2012 6:47:30 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (Are we the ones living in the bubble?)
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To: nathanbedford

Not here, South Carolina once again did it’s part.


13 posted on 12/13/2012 6:49:31 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (Are we the ones living in the bubble?)
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To: nathanbedford
It is comparable to the Infantry attitude that anyone behind the point man of the lead squad is a friggin' REMF.

Just as mindless.

14 posted on 12/13/2012 7:07:08 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Kaslin

The Republicans will destroy themselves.

One can only hope that Boehner commits hari kari in order to atone for his lack of cojones, complete inability to lead a

I await a conservative party.


15 posted on 12/13/2012 7:11:01 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: TexasFreeper2009
If there still are conservatives backing the “party” they haven't been kicked in the teeth enough times yet. The GOP and conservatism are not synonymous.
16 posted on 12/13/2012 7:15:06 AM PST by ImpBill ("America, where are you now?" - Little "r" republican!)
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To: nathanbedford
Yes, I do remember. I never vilified Newt Gingrich or any of the other candidates, because I believed any of our candidates would have been for most reasons better then that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Also, I was the first one who brought up that Newt Gingrich would beat 0bama in the debate(s) even with 0bama being allowed to use his teleprompter.

17 posted on 12/13/2012 7:25:25 AM PST by Kaslin ( One Big Ass Mistake America (Make that Two))
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To: Kaslin

Almost certain that Bonner will give in to the leftie at the last minute and then go on tv with tears of joy! It is so nice to have the great leaders of this nation to take care of us all.


18 posted on 12/13/2012 7:32:04 AM PST by redflash ("A dog is a dog until you look him in the face, then he is Mr. Dog!")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I agree with you up to the point of 99%.

I will be happy voting for those with an ACU rating of 85+%, and ProLife rating of 90+%. Anything under that, I will be looking for someone else, and definitely working for someone else in the primaries.


19 posted on 12/13/2012 8:34:27 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: Kaslin

Yes, Newton could have won all three debates, but it would not have mattered to 64 million voters in the majority. They were pre-committed to Obama.


20 posted on 12/13/2012 9:32:07 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: redflash

“At the last minute,” I though Boehner gave in months ago. People in OH can’t figure it out.


21 posted on 12/13/2012 9:33:16 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

We still make stuff???


22 posted on 12/13/2012 9:34:04 AM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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