A responsible stance for elected conservatives over the next two months and the next two years
Coming up with a responsible strategy for Congressional Republicans in the unique aftermath of the Election of 2012 has proven problematic to this shell-shocked tea partier. Yes, the ultimate result of the electorate's choices was, technically, a return to the status quo of divided government; but one would search U.S. history in vain for a similar majoritarian affirmation of economic policy failure. Democrat Woodrow Wilson was re-elected with only 49% of the popular vote, but I digress.
Given the significantly lower turnout for the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama, it is difficult to discern a mandate other than that a slim majority of We the Voting People disliked the prospect of Mitt Romney as their President even less. Entrance and exit polls affirmed the 2010 mid-term electorate's disapproval for most all of President Obama and the Democrats' signature "achievements", especially including the $700B+ Stimulus/Recovery-that-wasn't Act and Obamacare. Common sense dictates that only venal fools would desire continued Depression-level underemployment over 14%, declining family income and high gasoline prices.
But the voters of this "democratic republic" have spoken, as it were, and so now must their representatives; with the Lame Duck amalgamation of which apparently in unanimous agreement that the states of America will unitedly fall over a "fiscal cliff" if they don't avoid the following New Year's Eve Taxmageddon and other sunset legal calamities, including: the lapsing of the payroll tax reduction passed in 2010, the temporary tax rates passed under President Bush, extended unemployment benefits and the Medicare "doc fix"; Obamacare’s taxes will come due; the Alternative Minimum Tax will expand to many more taxpayers; and billions in federal spending will be indiscriminately sequestered, most significantly, defense.
We think it folly to imagine that $4 Trillion in debt can be run up in a mere four years and remain above cliffs, but let's not quibble over semantics. Rather, let us engage the Ruling Class on its terms and set some conservative ground rules for responsible governance under the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Firstly, given the refusal of the Democratic Senate to propose, much less pass a budget, since their bills only became law if signed by a president named Bush; and given the refusal of President Obama to publicly disclose his debt ceiling negotiations last year that led to this face-off between a Lame Duck and a cliff; Speaker Boehner should refuse to take the first vote on any budget proposal until after the Obama Administration submits one, line-by-line and in writing.
A majority of Americans may still blame Herbert Hoover or Walker Bush for their current sorry lot in life, and may do so in perpetuity, but they shouldn't have the luxury of so assessing said blame absent suspensions of belief that confuse the number 44 with the number 43. One wonders how many employees have to lose their jobs or be reduced to part-time due to Obamacare regulations before Bush is the first sound that leaves their lips when speaking of economic grievances to Gallup, but again, I digress.
Secondly, the President, Democrats and CNN have been telling us for three years that we have been in recovery thanks to the Stimulus. So why must it remain part of the base line of every year's budget? Answer: It doesn't. Congress made the law that made this so, and Congress can change that law to match their Obama Recovery euphoria. No new budget that includes the $700B+ that already "worked".
John Boehner as President Andrew Johnson and Barack Obama as the Radical Republicans
The branches of government reflect the ideological divisions of Americans. It has most often been so, revisionist history that pretends Reagan was loved by all to the contrary. But, as we alluded to earlier, it is hard to find such a stark situation other than before and after the War Between the States. The assassination of the first Republican president ushered in a surreal post-war Congress managing the occupation of a fundamentally transformed section of the preserved union, supposedly being "reconstructed".
Four years ago, Barack Hussein Obama promised to fundamentally transform an America saddled with a "fundamentally flawed" Constitution of mere "negative liberties". Mission accomplished, and while red states aren't smoldering heaps of rubble, the economy has been deconstructed with oil drilling moratoriums, un-reformed welfare, a bankrupted coal industry and a dreamy influx of labor via executive fiat to keep the 23 million+ unemployed company.
We are certain that a president who proposes raising taxes more often than he plays golf didn't coin the term "Taxmageddon", even if he has occasionally flip-flopped on the propriety of tax hikes during a recession. But we now live in the nirvana of an Obama-stimulated recovery, right? But maybe Boehner can stand firm against higher tax rates if Republicans can find enough loopholes to eliminate that Democrats can discern as the rich's "fair share." Just don't let that fair share eliminate mortgage interest and charitable deductions by the middle class.
Why not sequester defense expenditures, since the Commander-in-Chief refuses to command defense of American embassies under attack by terrorists, by American ships at sea? Or does Obama wish to employ these assets as just another welfare program akin to the one for UAW/GM employees to not manufacture Chevy Volts?
Extend unemployment benefits? By all means. Wouldn't want the Grand Ole Party blamed for layoffs of Labor Department check writers, would we?
Finally, Republicans should introduce bills in both houses of Congress to repeal federal laws making the possession and sale of marijuana a crime within the United States.We would like to see Americans allowed to exploit our energy resources, but given Obama's religious devotion to hot air and the warmth of the Sun, why test the limitations of the Free Exercise clause.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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