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    Get on the line to hold the line

    You can go to http://www.redstate.com/action to bypass the congressional switchboard and get the direct dial to your Congressman.Tell them to hold the line on Cut, Cap, and Balance. A host of conservative organizations are coming out against Boehner’s plan because, among other things, it only cuts $6 to $7 billion and punts major reform to a commission of 12 that will only need 7 votes | Read More »

    Punt

    I honestly cannot tell you how disgusted I am with the House Republicans today.They will yet again pass off their responsibility to a committee that will do nothing. We know it will do nothing because we have had 17 of these committees come before this one and the debt has gone up from $1 trillion to $14 trillion.Boehner’s plan, despite what you are hearing, does | Read More »

    They Are Not Serious

    Senator Helms once said, “Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line — and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?”The Democrats and Republicans in Washington may be | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for June 26, 2011

    RedState Morning Briefing For July 26, 2011Go to www.RedStateMB.com to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. They Just Aren’t Serious2. The Absolution I Cannot Give3. The History of Deficit Commissions 1982-20114. Again, No Compromise.5. In Defense of Nick Ayers

    In Defense of Nick Ayers

    I’ve got to take issue with this post by Matt Lewis going after Nick Ayers. It makes Ayers out to be some sort of arrogant jerk who gets handed things on a silver platter — not to mention being blessed with a lot of luck.Just as major league baseball managers probably get too much credit when things go well and too much blame when things | Read More »

    Here’s my prediction

    Tonight, the President will address the nation and call for merging John Boehner and Harry Reid’s debt ceiling plans.In effect, the President says if he can get a one time increase, instead of having to have two takes to get what he wants, he’s pretty much ready to go along with John Boehner’s plan.So here is what I predict will happen:(1) Harry Reid’s plan will | Read More »

    Staff Briefing Notes on the Boehner Plan

    I was just given the following bullet points from one of the individuals who got briefed at the staff level on John Boehner’s proposal:On background if you would please*, just left the meeting on the Boehner deal. Some highlights:Outlay reduction for FY 12 – $25 billion cut in discretionary spending.Debt limit increase right away – $1 trillionDoes not touch Obamacare funding, Medicare or Social SecurityIncludes | Read More »

    The Creepy Jon Huntsman Fundraising Letter

    I admit up front that I”m biased, but good grief I can’t let this pass.I got a fundraising solicitation from Jon Huntsman today. Here’s how it begins:This is the chance you’ve been waiting for. It’s been a long two and a half years of uncertainty, anxiety, confusion, and an overall lack of direction and sure-handed leadership.It’s time to turn the page. . . and today | Read More »

    The History of Deficit Commissions 1982-2011

    Apparently, the Republicans in Congress need a brief remedial lesson in the history of debt ceilings in this country over the last thirty years.January 1982 – Commission on Fiscal Accountability of the Nation’s Energy Resources — Debt at $1.14 TrillionJanuary 1983 – National Commission on Social Security Reform – – Debt at $1.20 TrillionJanuary 1984 – Executive Committee of the President’s Private Sector Survey on | Read More »

    Speaker Boehner Commits Us To A Credit Downgrade

    Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) was on Fox News a while ago saying House Republicans are standing behind John Boehner and his proposal. They might want to think again.Having now reviewed it, it seems pretty clear that we will lose our credit rating as it does a lot of what the credit agencies have said not to do — mainly to punt.Beyond the Speaker’s spin, here’s | Read More »

    The Absolution I Cannot Give

    In the past 48 hours I have had call after call after call from members of the United States Congress. They’ve read what I’ve written. They agree. But they feel the hour is short and the end is nigh.So some are calling looking for alternatives. Some are calling looking for energy. Many are calling looking for absolution.And so I address them and put it here | Read More »

    The President Rejects the Bipartisan Plan

    The President has rejected the short-term bipartisan deal that Reid and Boehner concocted.Now Boehner is losing the headlines with the media claiming Reid will offer no tax increases and more spending cuts than Boehner, not that they are real.It’s just another reason the House needs to draw a line in the sand and demand Cut, Cap, and Balance. Stop negotiating. Fight.You can listen to me | Read More »

    Saxby Chambliss’s Office Says I’m Lying

    I read from an email from the Republican Communications Director for the Senate Budget Committee. A listener to my show this morning called Saxby’s Washington Office and they said I was lying. Well, read for yourself what the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee say about Saxby Chambliss’s proposal: It seems the G6 plan does not balance elimination of deductions with reductions of rates in | Read More »

    In Other Words, House Republicans Should Hold the Line on Cut, Cap, and Balance

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Bank of America is probably going to cut the U.S. credit rating anyway.Bank of America-Merrill Lynch says in a note that the U.S. credit rating will likely be cut to AA by the end of the year. Even though the house believes a stopgap deal will come at the last minute, any follow-up deal is likely to be disappointing | Read More »

    House Republican Leaders Cave in Less Than 24 Hours

    This is embarrassing.On Fox News Sunday, John Boehner began the day saying that he wanted a deal that kept to the principles of “Cut, Cap, and Balance.”He concluded Sunday by telling House Republicans that Cut, Cap, and Balance was off the table due to Senate opposition.Twice the House GOP has staked out a position. Twice they have been shot up and beat to hell by | Read More »