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Offline sinkspur

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A Modest Bargain
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:16:29 AM »
Roy Moore's "spiritual warfare" is driving past a junior high without stopping.

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Re: A Modest Bargain
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2013, 11:57:40 AM »
As usual, National Review makes far more sense of the situation than the Wall Street Journal, which has by now consolidated its role as the voice of Big Government/Big Business Republican Progressivism.

There is indeed, no reason for House Republicans to panic. There is every reason not to.

John Boehner may be eager to cut a deal and thus preserve his political viability, or so he appears to believe. But the more time that goes by in the current slowdown, the more leverage Republicans are likely to achieve. 

The messy, not-ready-for-primetime roll out of ObamaCare is playing out to a larger audience with each passing day. And with each passing day, two other things will become increasingly evident: first, that much of the work the Federal government has aggregated unto itself is unnecessary, wasteful, and to the average American, invisible by its absence.

If 90-95% of a Federal agency's labor is "non-essential", then why are we suffered to pay so many billions of our own hard-earned dollars for it?

Qui bono?
Washington, D.C., that's who benefits, in a system of governance that increasingly resembles not the one envisioned by our Founders, but the one that crumbled while Nero played his fiddle.

Secondly, the only pain felt as a result of the slowdown will be revealed as a direct consequence of the Obama Administration's own efforts to cause it, intentionally. Let our very own Nero (Barack Obama The First) bluster and campaign, taunt and accuse. It's what he does best. It's all he does, in point of fact.

The GOP should seize the occasion to demand a reasonable delay in implementing ObamaCare's worst features (including the Congressional carve-out) while pursuing meaningful and fiscally responsible budgetary reforms, including entitlements whose automatic annual funding increases are mathematically and demographically unsustainable. They will not get it all now, nor likely much, but they need to begin making their case to the public.

As to the debt ceiling, there are also cards yet to be played. There will be no "default", as irresponsibly threatened by the Democrats; by law, all debt service on outstanding obligations must be paid first, and there is plenty of money in the Treasury for that. The question ought to be presented as one of by how much and for how long to increase the current ceiling, contingent on an acceptance of reforms that will make such future increases more rare and ultimately, unnecessary.

While the nation hurtles headlong toward the edge of a fiscal precipice, Democrats pretend (a) that the cliff does not exist, and (b) that they are "compromising" by not stepping on the gas as hard as they would otherwise. 

It's time for the GOP to grab the wheel.
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