Irony isn’t quite the word here. On Tuesday, while John Boehner, the House leadership and the Party of Corruption were off cheering about cutting $6 billion from the budget, the national debt rose by $72 billion.
What do we call something like that? Certainly not “winning!”
If this were any other business, other than the federal government, it would be belly up. The cast of clowns in Washington, if they were the executive team would not only be out of a job, they might even be facing criminal investigation.
But this is Washington. The country sinks another $66 billion in debt; these guys pat themselves on the back and head off for another DC cocktail party.
Something could have been salvaged from a bad week, except the GOP leadership decided they are not serious about the debt. They simply want business as usual. The Bachman-King proposal that would have stripped $105 billion for Obamacare from the budget should have passed. Defunding Planned Parenthood should have passed. Serious budget reduction should have passed.
Unfortunately, there is a lack of serious leadership in the GOP.
The real leaders in the GOP are people like Mike Pence, Steve King and Michelle Bachmann. In the Senate, Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio. Unfortunately, they are the minority.
Had the GOP been serious this week, we could have shaved $37 billion from the deficit. Not great but it is better than going $66 billion in the other direction.
A wise man once told me, when you are in a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging.
Unfortunately, wisdom is a commodity that is in very short supply in the nation’s capitol.
We in the Tea Party movement have patiently waited. No more. We have listened while the GOP, who we put in there, has suggested bite sized reductions in spending, that at the end of the day, have the effect of one step forward and two steps back.
We in the Tea Party need to call for one simple thing. We need $1.65 trillion in budget cuts. That is the number it will take to balance the budget.
The moderates and the liberals will have a fit over that. They will say it cannot be done.
Let’s look at spending in the last two years. What have we gotten for all of the spending that has taken place? Where has that money gone? We do not have new aircraft carriers to show for it. We do not have a new interstate highway system, nor do we have anything to really show for it. When Bush left office in 2009, people were not starving. The world had not ended. To start with, why can’t we go back to the 2008 budget? Let’s start with those levels of spending. That is an automatic $700 billion cut right there. Does anyone believe we cannot find another $800 billion in cuts just be eliminating wasteful programs in the government? Defunding NPR and PBS will get us some more savings. How about eliminating the $770 million to rebuild mosques from the State Department budget?
If we are serious, we can cut the spending quickly and get us to a balance budget.
The problem is, the GOP leadership in Washington is not serious. Boehner has been on the job less than three months and it is painfully obvious he is not up to the job. His sole qualification for the job is that was his turn. He has been there and worked his way up the GOP ladder. Seniority is a tried and true GOP practice, regardless of qualifications or beliefs. In The GOP, seniority rules with practices that would make any Union proud.
Despite our best hopes, it is obvious the leadership on both sides is not serious about cutting spending. Obama is not because he wants to crash the American economy. Reid is not, simply because he is an old fashioned corrupt Democrat. I wish I knew why the GOP was so not interested.
Perhaps it is time for the people to go back to Washington to get our leaders’ attention.
We are doomed! Honestly, we are all doomed!
The spending will continue.
The dollar will tank and we will all become destitute.
The government will seize personal gold and our retirement plans (in exchange for Treasuries of course).
It is too far gone to expect spineless politicians to act.
Disgusting. I had hope in November. I was not confident they would change their ways but I had hope. Oh well, I guess we'll have to suffer a total economic collapse before they see the light.
If that happens the ones who failed us should have their possessions confiscated, pensions denied, and be thrown in prison,
They are all crooks, once they get in office they go their own way..
ITs the haves and the have nots.
They have and we have not..
We need the government to realize they work for us.. Not control us.. Its time for a house cleaning..
I agree that we need stronger voices in congress and I hate to change subject but have you taken a look at some of Col. Allen West's town hall meetings lately? In Pompano Beach a few weeks ago, he left the leader of the CAIR (Muslim group) speechless when he told him "Don't Try to Blow Sunshine Up My Butt," but only after a litany of dates in history where Christian nations tried to stop the Muslim attempts at jihad. He ended that discussion by asking why was Constantinople renamed Istanbul?" I am a history teacher and I don't know that I could have answered that, but apparently his accuser knew..... Mr. West knows his history and is really sharp about the connection between terrorism, Islam and the US military better than anyone I have heard. He impresses me with his knowledge of economics, government and the Constitution and the way he turns arguments back on the liberals....(Dem or Rep). He is young in experience in Congress but mature in life and career experiences, and the gratitude he feels toward his country and patriotism is evident. His is also a balance budget amendment hawk like Rubio. Worth considering, even for VP....