I have a message for Democrats and will commence my delivery by metaphorically employing a line straight out of their Hollywood contingent; “The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end“.
Call it karma, the diabolical workings of democracy or the ghost of Article 1 (yes, that dusty old document); I really don’t care. But the schadenfreude is becoming increasingly more enjoyable as we reverse the sword of government Democrats have been poking the American people with since January 4th 2007, and turn it back in their direction. Maxims such as “no pain, no gain” come to mind. But I digress.
In our recent midterm elections American’s resoundingly registered their anger and precisely articulated a hierarchy of grievances. Government is not working in a manner which serves the people, spending is out of control and folks want gainful employment. So as a means of redress, they have placed their faith in Republicans. This, in and of itself is a valiant, brave act given our complicity before the Barbarians broke down the gates in 2008. As a result, Republicans have been put in shackles, asked to atone for past sins and implored to gain new discipline or risk the guillotine. It is a threat or perhaps promise that should not be taken lightly. Ask Louis XVI.
I have been personally critical of our Republican leaders and questioned their conversion to the church of sagacious fiscal policy. Nonetheless, one needs to give credit when credit is due and this seems to be a step in the right direction;
“A proposed House rule granting new powers to the GOP chairman of the Budget Committee has sparked outrage from Democrats.
The proposed rule would allow the Budget Committee chairman to set spending ceilings for 2011 without a vote by the full House. By approving the rules package, the House would give authority to the new Budget panel chairman to set budget ceilings at a later time and his decision would not be subject to an up-or-down vote on the floor.
In practice, this would give power to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the incoming chairman of the panel, to impose deep spending cuts since spending bills cannot exceed the budget ceiling for the 2011 fiscal year.”
Yes, I know all the negatives against Ryan’s fiscal bona fides; he voted for TARP, The Stimulus, GM Chrysler bailouts, etc. But If anything sparks “outrage” from Democrats one has to somewhat assume it is a step in the right direction. While alternately it could simply be more flailing as the Democrat’s political death rattle progresses, only time will tell.
Overall, in essence this seems to be a very positive sign since it allows Ryan almost unilateral power over spending limits which makes him accountable- and accountability, is good. At least we know whose head to mount on a pole outside the gate if things go wrong.
Oh and bravo Mr. Boehner. I owe you dinner on my dime.