How the GOP Can Win More Than a Pyrrhic Victory

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If the GOP would listen to Lindsey, the could win the battle and the war.  The problem is they are not willing to use wisdom.  He understands that we are fighting a public relations battle that we can easily lose.

Contrary to what you are being told in the conservative blogs, the GOP is taking a beating during these annoying, pathetic, and disgusting talks on the debt ceiling.  The Pink Flamingo does not think the tea party “patriots” are the least bit serious because of flakes like Michele Bachmann who is not being required to return nearly $150,000 her husband took for his unlicensed anti-gay clinics, and the welfare they took for their family farm. If the GOP were really serious, they would make her pay every durn cent back.  It’s not much, but it’s a start.

It is also about dumping the Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity.

“…If you’re a Republican, voting for Plan B means you’re that much likelier to face a primary. By holding the test votes on Cut, Cap, and Balance, and the Balanced Budget Amendment, they can at least meet the Club for Growth, and similar groups half way….”

TPM

“…As I predicted last week, poll results that show public opposition to Democrats were largely ignored while poll results that show opposition to Republicans are reported by megaphone (even in spite of the fact that the anti-Republican poll comes from a less-reputable source). Every poll that shows Democrats in trouble is no big deal, flawed, biased, fill-in-excuse-here. But every poll that shows Republicans on the losing side is trumpeted as proof-positive of looming disaster for Republicans. Trouble is, that prediction has recurred much the same way as Paul Ehrlich’s every-five-years predictions of global famine resulting in the death of millions.  Neither actually happens because it is only wishful thinking of the speaker.  The American people just aren’t nearly as anti-Republican as the political blogosphere is, and the result is a constant failure of both persuasion and prediction from the left-leaning side….”

The GOP is getting their clock cleaned.  Sure, it’s a bad poll, but it is the symbolism.  It happens every time.  Like a bunch of cry babies the right blathers foul, and we lose, every time.

CBS News

It happens every time.

The GOP ALWAYS loses the PR war because Republicans are S – T – U – P – I – D.  They listen to the far right every time, and miscalculate.  They are so arrogant they don’t comprehend that we must WIN the PR war that is as critical as the debt war itself.

Blather like this does not help.

Think Progress

The problem is that not everyone in DC is as honest and honorable as Lindsey.

“...CROWLEY: Well, it just doesn’t — honestly, it has been out there for a while. We have heard of the cut, cap, and balance. It has not caught steam on the Democratic side. You all are staring down the face of this default, and you say, well, this is our position, as the White House says, here’s our position.

Where is the give? You had, at one point, said you might go for some revenue increases. Do you still stand by that?

GRAHAM: Yes, I would — here is what would happen if we had a requirement to balance the budget. Both parties would have to do it. There would be no excuses. You would have to do something about entitlement spending, it’s 57 percent of all spending is Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, we would have to address that in a bipartisan fashion.

We would have to make some hard decisions. And I would be willing to close loopholes like the ethanol subsidy, I would be willing to eliminate that, take some of the money to pay down tax rates to create jobs, and some of the money to go to retiring the debt.

I would be willing to close loopholes and put some of the money on debt retirement, but I will only do that in the context of a serious plan to balance the budget.

And I have been here since 1995, and I know what is going to happen. If we passed a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, it would get ratified by the states and we would get this country back on track.

And if we don’t do that, we are just kicking the can down the road….”

Lindsey sent this out in an email today:

“…Dear Friends,

President Obama’s warning to Republicans that he will take the debt limit debate to the American people is music to my ears.

Mr. President, I do not fear such a debate.  Quite frankly, I welcome it.

While I disagree with President Obama on many issues regarding our current fiscal situation, I do agree with him we should give the American people a voice in this matter.  It’s their voices that are missing and through their voices Congress and the President will get the direction we sorely need.

Do Americans really want to pass onto future generations ever increasing loads of debt, much of it owed to creditors in China?  Or do Americans want us to begin making the tough choices needed to get our financial house in order?

Piling new stacks of debt on top of the mountain-sized piles we already have serves nobody’s interests.  There is only one change that would overhaul the dynamics of Washington spending.   Congress must pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and send it to the states for ratification.

While President Obama does not believe we need the discipline of a Balanced Budget Amendment, I do. Our nation is now borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend. What rational person could ever think Congress will do the hard things required to balance the budget given our history for the last forty years?

Through my years in the House of Representatives and Senate I have consistently voted for and worked toward the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment.

In 1995, I took to the House floor to ask, “What does it mean when you are $4.5 trillion-plus in debt? The honest answer is I cannot even imagine that money in real terms. The real serious consequences of spending that much money more than you have is that over time you ruin the character of your people. Over time, everybody in the country begins to look to the Federal Government to solve every problem they have.”

Four years ago, when our nation was $9 trillion in debt, I introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment with my South Carolina colleague Senator Jim DeMint.  And this year, with our nation over $14 trillion in debt, I’m working with Senator Mike Lee of Utah in another effort to pass this much-needed and long-overdue reform.

From my experience, I do not believe either party has the will to bring about a balanced budget.  Forty-nine states already have requirements to produce a balanced budget.  These states all know that the only way to sustain a balanced budget each year is put tough rules in place. Balanced budget requirements work in the states, the great laboratories of our democracy, and it will work in Washington.

It is clear special interest politics on both the left and right grow stronger every year. Balancing the budget will require both parties to make hard choices such as controlling the growth of entitlements, reforming an out-of-control tax code, putting defense spending under a microscope, and finally having to say no to people when it comes to federal spending.

The reason Congress and the President are never able to achieve consensus on the hard choices is that under the present construct, we’re not required to do so.  Every hard issue is looked at through the prism of how it affects the next election, not how it affects the country. That dynamic must change.

Last Friday, I was encouraged when the House decided to consider the Cut, Cap, and Balance legislation.  This week, the House vote will build momentum behind a plan that will set our country on the right path.  All elected officials should rally behind this concept as it raises the debt limit while beginning to address the problems posed by our long-term structural debt.  Passage of Cut, Cap and Balance into law is a winning strategy for our nation.

However, since President Obama refuses to support Cut, Cap and Balance he should present his own plan.  Thus far, the President has only spoken in generalities, not specifics.  He tells us what he’s against, not what he supports.  Democrats in the Senate refuse to introduce a budget resolution and its been more than 800 days since one actually passed.  Instead, they spend their time demagogueing the House-passed budget of Chairman Paul Ryan. This too must end.

Because of our debt, we are in jeopardy of losing the American Dream where children are able to do better than their parents.

It’s time we bring discipline to the way Congress spends.  Now is the time to insist on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution before our country becomes Greece.

Simply stated, no more borrowing until we agree to balance….”

Lindsey is trying to win the PR war.  It’s too bad the rest of the party is not hustling the way he has been today.

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2 thoughts on “How the GOP Can Win More Than a Pyrrhic Victory

  1. I say it again: they honestly believe that out of the ashes of the Republican party, will rise their own party–a party that is so inept at winning they need to pretend to be the base of a party they do not support and do not like.

    Thus the main objective is to DESTROY the GOP–NOW you understand how so called “principled” people can join the opposition in trashing GWB and Lindsay…and who would have, without a doubt trashed Reagan. How do I know this? Reagan spent a fortune, raised taxes twice, gave real amnesty, and wanted to join with Russia to create a union against aliens (yeah the kind that comes from space). They would have crucified him!

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