In today’s National Review Online piece entitled “Against the Boehner Plan”, the ever cogent Andrew C. McCarthy writes:
House Speaker John Boehner has a plan that he touts as slashing about $900 billion in government spending – shy of his original claim, only two days earlier, that cuts would amount to $1.2 trillion. It’s nonsense, of course. In Washington, unlike the rest of the known universe, a “cut” is a reduction in the rate of increase. There are never real cuts. In reality, Speaker Boehner’s plan would add $9.1 trillion to the national debt. It is a “cut” only in the sense that the Obama Democrats have rigged matters so that, if nothing changes, autopilot would add $10 trillion.
You could call this a cruel joke on a country that is already well over $14 trillion in debt — a country in which every newly born child opens his eyes as a debtor, well over $30,000 in the hole. But that would be premature, because I haven’t gotten to the punchline yet. The reason Speaker Boehner and the Republican establishment have suddenly stirred themselves to “cut” spending is their determination to keep the Ponzi scheme going. The “cuts” — less than $100 billion of which are real (the rest are consigned to the illusory “out years,” meaning they’re the responsibility of some future Congress) — are to be made in exchange for giving the government the authority to borrow another $2.5 trillion.
This will last only a few months because, at a rate of about $46,000 per second, the United States sinks $4 billion deeper in debt every day. But the $2.5 trillion stands to get President Obama through reelection without having much more attention called to his starring role in our dire straits
This Hillsborough County Conservative Examiner joins with McCarthy in supporting any resistance movement on Capitol Hill that seeks to cut the deficit by enacting bona fide certified legitimately defined line item reductions to previously established spending levels; preferably those of twelve years ago, or earlier. Any actions falling short of debt reduction via the elimination of spending will amount to an abrogation of the duly entrusted guardianship, which has been entrusted to the elected officials of Congress.
The American people are waiting expectantly for a valiant display of virtue, something which the members of Congress are long overdue in demonstrating. As McCarthy correctly points out, it’s not the job of the House to govern. The Constitution gave that responsibility to the President. It was to the House of Representatives that the founders gave the power to control the purse strings.
Here is a message to Speaker John Boehner, “Do not sell your birthright for a bowl of soup!”
Republicans in the 112th Congress’ House of Representatives have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be recorded as those who defended the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in an epic battle against the enemy within.
If the debt limit ceiling is raised again, then nothing ever changes and tomorrow never comes.