The rules of politics and military battle are very similar. In both, you pick your battlefield and do not let the enemy pick his. You fight the battle on your terms, not the enemy’s.
Unfortunately the Republicans in Washington have decided they are going to let the enemy pick the battlefield and they are going to fight on the Democrats’ terms, not theirs.
What is this fight? How are the Republicans managing to lose the war again? Is there anything we can do?
The fight is the so-called “fiscal cliff” fight.
Barack Obama immediately set the fight in terms of a fight over revenue. Instead of trying to set the fight on his terms, John Boehner immediately agreed and started from the premise that the government needs more money.
The problem is not that the government needs more money. The problem is the government has too much money. Every year, Republicans come out and complain about government waste. Tom Coburn has made a career of doing this. The Government Accountability Office has identified hundreds of billions of dollars in waste, fraud and duplication of services that could be eliminated.
Every year, Republicans highlight these reports. They are good for press conferences and a couple of days of good press. The Republicans announce their outrage over this type of spending.
What happens next?
Not a thing.
The wasteful spending is never cut. The outrage is completely forgotten until it is needed for a reelection campaign.
Is John Boehner even talking about reducing spending? No, he is talking about more revenue. This is the problem.
Boehner is willing to go along with more revenue if it comes from eliminating tax loopholes in exchange for reduced rates.
Do you know what the problem with that is?
The loopholes go away and while the rates may be lowered for a while, eventually they are raised again.
The real problem here is that we have a Republican Party controlling the House of Representatives that is not committed to small government.
Instead of discussing how we can eliminate loopholes, we should be talking about how we can create more tax loopholes. We need to borrow a tactic from the left. The left loves to take a system or a program they do not like, make modifications to that program until it becomes unworkable and fails, then insists their idea is the only one that can save the program they broke.
We should do the same with the Federal Income Tax. We should be encouraging our Representatives to keep adding loopholes to the tax code until it becomes unworkable. Then it should be replaced a national consumption tax (after the 16th Amendment is repealed).
The Hill ran a fascinating article on how John Boehner has consolidated power in the House of Representatives. Boehner, like other RINOs loves to use a scorched earth policy against conservatives who dare to disagree with him but cannot do anything other than raise his freshly laundered white flag of surrender against the Democrats.
In the Hill article, Kevin Smith, a Boehner spokesman says the House Republicans are “the last line of defense against a government that spends, taxes and borrows too much.”
That would be amusing, if we did not know better.
In the next few weeks, there will be fiscal cliff negotiations. Barack Obama will not only win, he will clean the Republicans’ clock. He will get his tax increases and there will be no reduction in spending. The deficit will continue to grow.
Despite the all claims to the contrary, Boehner will surrender. How do we know this?
Because this is what he has done every time. He did it in the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations. He did it when they had the budget fight. He did it when sequestration was created and shoved down America’s throat.
If it were not for the Tea Party, John Boehner would only be the Minority Leader of the House. For those of us who are in the Tea Party, who put so much into this fight for America, we need to remember. We did not fight for John Boehner nor did we fight for the Republican Party. We fought for America. We fought for our children and our grandchildren.
If John Boehner and the Republican Party want to abandon their commitment to America, then perhaps it is time for the Tea Party to abandon its commitment to the Republicans.
Abandon the Republicans sounds like a good idea. But then what? support the Democrats. Obama did not win the election. All the fraud, long lines at the polls, skewed it. Gary Johnson was at the top of my ballot. How many votes did he get? Boehner is just as much responsible fot the mess as the Democrats. But he has the power. I am so sick of all of it.
Any votes for Gary Johnson should have been for Mitt Romney. Otherwise, same as not voting at all. We have to face the reality that not all "conservative" Americans want what we want. We need smarter strategy. Moaning and complaining on these forums does little. All tea party movements across the nation need to link arms together and work together toward a well-defined goal, using a well-defined strategy. We need a Tea Party Summit.
"Centrists" and "moderates" ARE NOT THE SAME THING. A Centrist is someone whose political aspirations are between the authoritarian all-controlling statists on the left and the anarchists on the right. A Constitutionalist is a centrist. To be an actual centrist in today's screwed up political system almost automatically qualifies you to be considered a "radical centrist" as opposed to Boehner, who I think is qualified to be considered a "squishy moderate."
"Common Sense for America" Centrists are not moderate, they are strong sensible people that care about fairness, justice, value, and responsibility. To protect ...
I agree whole heartedly
I think the Rs have about cooked their goose & they will be gone or a 3rd party take their place.
We need a Tea Party Summit. All tea party groups across the nation need to work together toward a common goal. Otherwise, we are just splinter groups complaining on forums but not doing anything in the real world to solve the problem.
Grandma, I've been saying this for two years. If the Tea Party does not get together now and draft a platform the TP will be in the same old position in 2014 complaining about the Republicans and the RINOs and nothing will have changed. To get this started now will give us two years to fine tune our position. There will be no better time to start it than now. Where are the leaders?
Well the leader of one of the largest Tea Party goups in the country came out after the election and stated that the Tea Party was "dead".
A TP summit sounds like a great idea - be forewarned any and all activities will have to be carefully monitored. Both of the major parties have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Planted moles would try to work themselves into positions of influence and then watch which way they turn things - all per-existing ideological differences would quickly fade away and things would continue as usual. Perhaps some type of leadership test and a in-depth background investigation could be required of all who aspire to positions of influence within a TP power structure.
A few thoughts to ponder?
Someone needs to ask Boenher what happens when the bottoms drops out of the dollar. We can only print so much and borrow so much. Sooner or later America is going to go bankrupt.
This might be a great opportunity to really express ourselves. I mean really express ourselves.
Well, damn, Judson! From whence came the awakening that resulted in such a stroke of sanity?
Even if Romney had won the election there would have been little likelihood that federal spending would have been reduced by an amount that would prevent the federal government from imploding under the dead weight burden of its own mass and incompetence.
I think our stated goal should be to reduce federal spending to below one trillion dollars--roughly a 75% cut. The cost of governments is the most prominent driver for the ever-increasing prices of the things for which governments pay either directly or indirectly. Then in turn, the higher prices that are paid from the Treasury become higher costs of goverment that the Treasury must send somewhere. THE POINT THAT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE BUT AM NOT SURE HOW TO DO IT IS.....THE ONLY WAY TO REVERSE THE COST FEEDBACK LOOP AND BEGIN TO REVERSE THE NEGATIVE OUTPUT PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE THAT OPERATES FROM WASHINGTON, DC, IS TO BEGIN TO REDUCE SPENDING BUT TO DO SO IN SMALL INCREMENTAL STEPS OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME ELSE THE CURE BECOMES THE CAUSE OF DEATH.
An "activist" tax-supported government will and must self-destruct. The only goverment that can be sustained as an "activist" government is one who funds its operations and funds its programs by conquest and plunder.