January 2, 2013 Leave a comment
Obama signed the fiscal cliff deal, increasing taxes and Federal spending. Obama got himself a political victory, sealed by moronic Republicans refusal to permanently pass the Bush tax cuts on multiple occasions over the last decade. The biggest loser of them all is John Boehner, who originally agreed to $800 billion in tax increases only to be out negotiated by Mitch McConnell who agreed to only $620 billion over a decade. The real loser though is the American people who once again saw neither party willing to tackle the real problem: Spending. The spending cuts negotiated by the debt ceiling deal of 2011 were delayed two months leading one to wonder if the Federal government will ever cut anything.
We still have a debt ceiling issue as the we’re nearing hitting the limit. Obama declared he won’t negotiate over the debt ceiling. If this is the case, the House Republicans ought to be content not negotiating and thus not raising the debt ceiling. Obama has declared we can’t cut our way into prosperity. Perhaps this is true but we can cut our way to a balanced budget. Unfortunately this President refuses to cut anything. We’ve been extending long term unemployment for years, we could have put a stop to the madness. Instead half of the tax increases will go to extended long term unemployment welfare. Yesterday’s bill did nothing to tackle the deficit problem.
If Obama won’t tackle the deficit problem then Republicans must. The GOP controls the purse strings according to the Constitution. It’s time for them to exercise the power that the Constitution gives them. They put themselves in a rotten position concerning the fiscal cliff, Obama had the upper hand. Now the Republicans have the upper hand and it’s time for Boehner to use it. If Boehner won’t then perhaps Eric Cantor should be the Speaker. Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff monstrosity, Boehner and Paul Ryan voted for it. There’s a clear line in the Republican caucus.
Obama won’t negotiate the debt ceiling, let the debt ceiling hit. Obama wants Obamacare funded, the House GOP should refuse. Obama wants Federal employees paid for, the House GOP should refuse. Obama wants one big spending program funded after another, the House should refuse. The House should pass a military budget, let the Democrat Senate not pass it or let the President veto it. The House Republicans have some power at this point, they need to start using it.
Of course Boehner won’t use the power given to him in the Constitution. He hasn’t over the last two years, he’s too weak to take on Obama. This is the second major negotiation that Boehner lost control of. He lost control of the debt ceiling negotiation in 2011 and he lost control of the fiscal cliff. How many more major fiasco’s are the House Republicans willing to put up with? It’s time for the House GOP to do what they were elected to do: Cut spending. If Boehner won’t do it then perhaps Eric Cantor will.