Last year, Congress made a deal with the President. They argued that if we were to raise the debt ceiling, there would be no one willing to cut borrowed government spending, which, after being out of control during the previous President’s eight years — have jumped up again under this one. They argued that this was the line in the sand, that we couldn’t move forward another inch. In the end, these politicians blinked and signed onto a deal, promising that if they could not come adopt a bi-partisan commission’s recommendations and a deal by the end of the fiscal year — they would cut spending together, with a majority of cuts coming from defense spending.
But now these politicians have balked. The debt issue is so crippling that at the time, many conservatives believed this to be better than growing our debt. Now they are afraid. They don’t want to open themselves up to defense issue attacks from the right. They don’t want to cut contracts that may effect their districts.
The problems of course, is that although this same Congress promised to cut spending last year on this exact bill — even going as far as passing a bill promising to do so, they have now changed their minds. They are now arguing that it is a raw deal.
Not surprisingly, conservatives told these sell-outs last year that this was a bad deal, redstate.com contributors almost unanimously asked them to “hold the line”. We believed that Obama would be forced to balk. But they made a deal. Now they don’t want to live with the consequences.
At the time, they cared more about political victories than patriotic ones, and in the end, got neither.
Where I come from, a deal is a deal. Even when it is hard. Conservatives wanted cuts, we got cuts. Now we just have to follow through. It is disingenuous to talk about cutting spending while refusing to cut it on our side of the partisan divide.
We can’t demand that the budget be brought under control without raising taxes or cutting defense spending. If we are going to refuse to raise taxes (and we must) we are going to have to cut defense spending AND entitlements.
The conservative response of 2010 to spending, debt and bailouts can never be realized unless conservatives are willing to stand up to war hawks in our own party and tell them to cool it. It is ok to cut future increases in defense spending. Our defense budget is large enough.
If there is to be a national party looking out for our long term economic goals, it will only be on the right.
Politicians on the right are the adults on the spending issue trying to negotiate with demanding children on the left. What’s worse, is that they don’t intend on growing up until its too late. But we must press on. We have a responsibility to slow spending and pay for our expenditures under this president and a responsibility to cut spending under the next.
Right now, the House needs to tie the Senate and President to this “compromise” and go all in together thus avoiding political fallout from cut programs. Anything else is childish.