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The Cut, Cap, and Balance Strategy

To win this fight, Republicans and conservatives must be willing to operate in ways Washington isn’t suppose to operate.

There is a lot of handwringing out there about how to actually implement the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge.First, let me say that you should take the pledge and every Republican in Washington should sign on to the pledge.Second, the strategy is very, very simple. Refuse to vote to raise the debt ceiling until we have cut, capped, and balanced.Yes, I know to people in Washington this sounds willfully naive. In Washington, things are done through a series of compromises. In Washington, people give and take and get things done.But if we believe the rhetoric that we are in a terrible crisis, then the best option should be to do nothing — either extract major cuts, cap spending, and get a balanced budget amendment, or do not raise the debt ceiling.The conservative strategy should be clear on this — hold the freaking line. Do not negotiate, do not compromise. The Democrats want a “clean” vote. They can’t get it. The Democrats want the debt ceiling raised. Well, that vote comes with a price. That price is cut, cap, and balance.Conservatives must hold the line on this. And if their Republican colleagues waver, conservative organizations must be willing to wage a scorched earth fight against them to keep them from breaking the line.Otherwise, the debt ceiling will be raised and nothing else will change. That, ultimately, is how Washington works. To win this fight, Republicans and conservatives must be willing to operate in ways Washington isn’t suppose to operate. In fact, they need to operate just like the Democrats did to force through Obamacare.At least on the debt ceiling fight the public is with the GOP.

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