Hold Fast In the Face of Fear
“The only reason this is a crisis and the only reason they now want a last minute deal is because while House Republicans were working to save the country Democrats were busy scoring cheap political points.”
I’ve gotten lots of calls about compromise this weekend. Senators have called. Congressmen have called. Staffers have called.I try not to be too committal on these calls because I like to have a bit of time to think.Here’s my response: don’t compromise. I’ve thought about it. I don’t think you can get any compromise worth supporting because like an alcohol refusing to admit he has a drinking problem, Washington politicians are refusing to admit they have a spending problem. When they cut spending, they do it dishonestly — through accounting tricks and cuts to growth rates, not actual cuts. We can’t send Congress to rehab. We cannot allow yet another Washington deal.We sent you there to end Obamacare and cut Washington spending. Don’t fail on both fronts, please.In Washington, reporters and good government types lament all the time that “compromise is a dirty word these days.”You’re damn right it is. We’ve compromised our way to $14 trillion in national debt and we’re looking at another $2 trillion in national debt. As Jim DeMint noted on twitter, “We’ve already had 17 commissions over 3 decades and $13 trillion in new debt. No more commissions.”And John Boehner, if you’ve paid attention in the past twenty-four hours, has taken to wearing Depends he’s so freaking scared. Tonight he is offering up a modified version of Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid’s plan, saying it is faithful to Cut, Cap, and Balance, but they want to back door in unstoppable tax increases and most of the spending will just be accounting gimmicks.Fear has no business entering into your negotiations. You guys calling me looking for alternatives and fallbacks, there is no fallback. There is no alternative. Hold the freaking line.It’s not just a statement. It is a real and legitimate policy.
See, what you are forgetting is that you have done all the work and the Democrats have done none of the work. This is the ants versus the grasshoppers. While you’ve been diligent passing Paul Ryan and Cut, Cap, and Balance, the Democrats have been out accusing you of killing Grandma instead of coming up with their own plan.And now they, and your own cowardly leadership, wants you to compromise with the guys who’ve been bashing your face in instead of offering up their own ideas.Don’t do it. Don’t give in. Forget about the doom and gloom. You have done what they asked. You came up with a plan. You took personal and political hits. The only reason this is a crisis and the only reason they now want a last minute deal is because while House Republicans were working to save the country Democrats were busy scoring cheap political points.And now after all that, they want you to throw it all away.If you compromise now, you and I both know the debt will keep going up. You and I both know they will decide to escalate the attacks on you as a tool to force capitulation. If you compromise, you will be doing what Washington always does. And what Washington always does has gotten us where we are.Hold the freaking line. Seriously. It’s not just a cute line. You’ve done your bit for God and Country while they’ve crapped on you. So now they either take what you’ve offered or they starve. This is a fight worth having.Any sane person who watched the President on Friday has got to realize this guy knows you have the upper hand. Now go force the issue.