The GOP’s Moment of Truth

If all goes well for Boehner, by this time next week he will have inked a deal with historic midyear spending cuts without the politically radioactive move of shutting down the government. And he will have promised the conservative base that there will be much more cutting to come.

That’s the assessment of an item at Roll Call dated this April 5, 2011. The problem with that assessment is two-fold. The puny cuts likely in a deal with Democrats to avoid the naively dreaded government shutdown are viewed by Roll Call as ‘historic.’ And to promise ‘that there will be much more cutting to come’ based on that is so cliche as to be rendered meaningless.

Enough with the promises already, have the courage and skill to stand on principle and deliver. If you want to be political, and POLS always do, then let the House pass what is necessary and leave the failure to act on doing the right thing to the White House and the Democrat-controlled US Senate.

In another piece at Roll CAll more of the same is being spewed.

With the Wisconsin Republican set to release his blueprint at 10 a.m. today, the focus in Washington, D.C., will start shifting to his plan for trillions in cuts instead of the tens of billions in the marathon debate over the continuing resolution to keep the government open.

That could help Boehner convince his Conference that now is the time to cut a deal — even if it means compromising with Democrats on spending and policy riders.

How politically correct is it to move the goal posts? If the GOP is looking for political cover for caving to Democrats to avoid a shutdown rather than packaging real spending cuts with must pass legislation it will be the most transparent event since Obama was elected.

On last Sunday’s talk shows freshman Senator Marco Rubio declared he would not vote to increase the debt ceiling unless certain conditions were met. When asked if he were the deciding vote would he still vote ‘no’ if his conditions weren’t met his answer was not clear.

It is apparent Democrats and Republicans are playing a game of chicken with extremely critical fiscal issues. And there’s lots of clucking to be heard. Democrats favor ignoring economic reality and settling for 2012 campaign rhetoric to use against the GOP if they stand on principle to push for needed cuts in spending. The outcome will determine whether the GOP has the courage and skill to deliver on promises and reap the rewards at the ballot box in 2012.

The voters did their part in the 2010 midterms. It is now time for the GOP to do their’s.

Stanford Matthews

  • If they give in, I’m going to go hard after them in 2012.

    • Hi Trestin, I believe it will be a hopeless situation if we can’t make the cuts, and if O is elected in 2012, I will shutdown my blog and find other things to do.

  • Stanford, a few days after you wrote this, it appears the GOP is, indeed, working to “do their work.” This is the time. I just heard O say again that he and his agencies can’t run the country on two week budgets. No joke.

    We need a shutdown, however long it takes, until the necessary cuts are made – whenever that may be. However, if we shutdown, we MUST hold firm and stay shutdown until the goals are met – no half measures.

  • Maggie, I think that was underway before I hit the ‘publish’ button. Just after posting I read a ‘no way’ report about Boehner caving in. My post had two purposes. To note what the MSM was reporting and allow my frequent gov’t visitors know I was paying attention. Sometimes it is simpler and more effective than other means of communication. And it has the ability to be seen by all.

    I am happy to say that Congressman Paul Ryan is serving Wisconsin, and the nation, well. His command of economics is impressive as is his ability to communicat the message. The choice is simple. Go down in flames or fix what’s wrong. Of course, the liberals prefer crisis to sound leadership.

    In Wisconsin on the state and local level I’m experiencing my typical post election voter frustration. 1 win, 1 loss and probably one recount. I guess that’s better than my usual zero wins.