It is amazing what can happen in 48 hours. Wednesday morning I was packing up from my trip to Kansas City and penned the now famous blog about John Boehner. The line “Charlie Sheen is now making more sense than John Boehner,” has been picked up and repeated throughout the blogosphere.
USA Today picked up the story and interviewed my friend Amy Kremer of Tea Party Express, who said, “That’s Judson.” She went on to explain her group was trying to work with the GOP in Washington and my comments did not help them.
My friends at Tea Party Express have their strategy. I hope it works I look at things differently. I have a different view of politicians. If you are elected on promises to cut spending, I’m not interested in coming to Washington to drink with you or play golf with you or eat at a chic restaurant with you. I simply want you to do what you said you were going to do.
I was on Jerry Doyle’s radio show yesterday (jerrydoyle.com) and he asked me about the Charlie Sheen quote and if that quote over shadowed the message. Perhaps it did. But it did get the message out. Some people did not like the message or calling Boehner a fool. I have a simple question for those who did not like what I had to say about Boehner.
If not now, when?
If he is not cutting the budget now, when will he?
The GOP came in promising to cut $100 billion from this year’s budget. Remember, this year’s budget was never passed by the last congress. The government has continued to function on continuing resolutions. The GOP quickly waffled on the $100 billion, instead saying they could only cut $32 billion. The Tea Party movement began to complain and that number went up to $61 billion, but Boehner is already hinting that number will not hold when he goes into negotiations with Harry Reid.
The National Debt is now equal to our gross domestic product. Economists tell us that when debt reaches 90% of GDP, it starts to cause serious drag on the economy. We are at 100% and about to shoot past that.
Again, If not now, when?
If Obama’s budget is passed, it will add $1.5 trillion to the debt. That number is assuming tax revenues stay steady and given the very shaky state of the economy that is not a good assumption.
When will Boehner stand strong and stop this insanity?
Some of those who complained about what I said pointed that the GOP only controls the House, not the Senate nor the White House.
This is true, but there is something else that they are not thinking about.
No one can make Boehner and the House appropriate any money. All they have to do is just say no.
If Boehner is not willing to cut the budget now, when will he be?
Cutting $61 billion is only 4% of the projected deficit. The national debt will continue to skyrocket. And in that instance, Charlie Sheen does make more sense than John Boehner.
But when will Boehner decide to stand up and pretend he is a conservative? When will he act? When our debt is 150% of our GDP? Will we be in total economic collapse before he decides something needs to be done?
If Boehner will not act now, as grim as things are now, what will it take?
We are spending hundreds of millions of dollars this year to repair and refurbish mosques around the world. Ignoring the First Amendment issues for a moment, guess what? The Muslims hate us too. Why are we spending hundreds of millions of dollars to repair the religious houses of groups that hate us? Let them hate us in buildings that have leaky roofs and crumbling walls. They can hate us without us paying for it.
When is the GOP leadership going to get it? We are broke. We have to start making major budget cuts now. We cannot wait until next year. Minor cosmetic changes in the budget and symbolic cuts are not going to do.
As of now, the national debt is $14 trillion. If there are no more cuts other than the timid cuts Boehner has said meet his promise to the American people, simply to vote on, the debit will go up by another $1.5 trillion dollars. And that number is based on tax revenue coming in, which with a soft economy is not a good assumption.
Like many in this movement, I am a card carrying Republican. A few days ago, I went to my county GOP convention to vote for the leadership of my county party. But as many people say, “I am a conservative first and a republican second.” The GOP leadership thinks they can get away with business as usual on Capitol Hill. We in the Tea Party movement need to make sure they understand the message. Either cut spending now or we will find people who will.
Judson, You are way over the top on this. I am a Conservative with a capital C, but you are losing me. Recognize what is doable and when, and restrain your rhetoric. You are approaching the Nancy Pelosi status of excess. Calm down and become more effective without turning off your own troops. Loose cannon, like John McCain used to be, do not achieve success.
Judson is right on this > we the people need to stop negotiating with people about how they spend our money. It is simple: it's our money (country, government, et al) so do what we tell you to do with it.
The problem has been that we the people have sat on the sidelines and let "them" do what "they've" wanted to with our money, country, government for a long time.
Have we really be that lazy? Yes. We handed over the greatest country in the world and asked people who don't even think like we do to rule over us. Maybe we were lazy and stupid.
IF WE DON'T REVERSE THIS NOW, WHEN WILL WE? THESE GUYS WORK FOR US! FORGET POLITICKING. WE'RE THE OWNERS.
Judson's nailed it.g
I wonder if the founding fathers worried about what the Brits felt about what was necessary to win our freedom. Now is the time and to hell with Harry Reid and anyone else who thinks that negotiating is the solution... When is the last time any democrap ever thought to negotiate on destroying the country. With regard to the mosques. All you have to do is study history re: dealing with the muslims. We have been paying ransom for hundreds of years, and the results are quite clear. Start with 9-11 and work backwards. The idiots are no different than the regime we have placed into the administration of the country. I suggest that Mr Boehner develop a backbone and stop playing games with the party of destruction. If this continues as it has in the past I'm afraid thet the next election will come too late.
The problems in Washington are deeper than Obama. Getting rid of him does not solve the problem. Politics as usual got us in this mess and that includes all of the Republicans who continued to spend money recklessly while they were the ones in power. The spending has got to stop and that starts with our representatives in the House.
Obama is only one man and he is not the totality of our problem.