I forget who said something like Republicans are good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, but Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) just demonstrated that skill, and he waved the familiar GOP bubble wand to boot.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) huddled up with what many would describe as a leftwing extremist—Rep. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)—to come up with a budget compromise that is more capitulation on Republicans’ part than real compromise by both parties.
Let’s not forget that Murray, in July, 2012, threatened the equivalent of “taxmageddon” as she and her fellow Democrats demanded more of the same—tax increases and spending.
Fact is Dems have out-politicked Republicans at every turn, wielding rhetoric like a sword with much assistance from legacy media who function as a wing of the “progressive” party.
Instead of calling out Democrats for the paltry cuts in the budget deal, and instead of reminding Americans we will end up in fiscal Armageddon if nothing is done about spending, Boehner chose to attack fiscal conservatives whose votes are essential for victories in 2014 and 2016.
Americans face two real choices.
We can continue under Democrat rule and end up with full-blown socialism. We’re on the periphery of that now, since their party seized control of the healthcare sector in order to process more than a dozen new tax hikes. Yes, grasshoppers, the PPACA/Obamacare bill is a giant tax hike, not a healthcare bill.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), easily the most level-headed fiscal senator in recent times, said he can’t support the deal:
“We are going to raise spending back up because the political powers that be want to spend more money rather than be responsible with what we know needs to be done up here, which is hard work eliminating all the stupidity, fraud and duplication that is going on.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are also negative on the deal.
Boehner needs to put away his bubble wand. It hasn’t worked and it will never work. What’s needed is a robust message about exactly what the Democrats controlled by socialists are aiming at. Dems have had control of this government for the most part since the 2006 elections. Yes, they finally came to a budget table. And as usual, they refused to “compromise.” Boehner could’ve apologized for the deal, attributed it to political necessity, and blasted the party that is taking the country down a long dark road of decimating the middle class and adding astronomical levels of debt and future fraud with the new health tax bill.
Republicans who are part of the party machine need to stop bashing fiscal conservatives. If you preach a Big Tent, you damned well better let dissenting voices into it. Much can be gained by simply telling Americans the truth.
Socialist Dems are spending us into financial Armageddon. Only the political elite will benefit. It really is just that simple.
Those who are young and those who have not been born yet will bear the burden of what can only be deemed fiscal insanity.
It is critical that GOP messaging improve. We are lousy at that and we lack the titanic media infrastructure the left controls.
In 2014 and 2016, if voters confront a choice between a Democrat and a Dem-lite, it’s a no-brainer who will emerge victorious. Look to the past, Speaker Boehner, and ditch that bubble wand.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Dec. 12, 2013)
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