The Washington Examiner has a great editorial on the latest actions of spineless GOP politicians who refuse to embrace the necessary actions the Ryan budget makes because they just aren’t politically intelligent.
Newt Gingrich lead the attack, labeling the changes “right wing social engineering.” Thanks for giving the left that label, Newt.
Next, Rand Paul criticizes the Ryan plan because it doesn’t go far enough. One step at a time, Rand. Settle down. We’ll get there.
Then Sen. Scott Brown comes out and says he’ll vote no because he “wants a plan that ‘[protects] those who have been counting on the current system their entire adult lives’ and that gradually phases in changes ‘to give our future seniors enough years to adjust to the ‘new normal.’ ‘”
Never mind that Ryan’s plan already does that. It’s safer for Brown politically if he’s against it.
The Examiner concludes with this:
If Republicans want to leave President Obama in office and return to the minority in both houses of Congress, they can follow the example of Gingrich, Paul and Brown. When an innovative idea is proposed, use it to your political advantage. First, attack it, preferably with a circular firing squad. Then run away and distance yourself from it. Then go out for drinks on Capitol Hill and ask your colleagues why nothing ever gets fixed in Washington.
They are exactly right. This fear of retribution for taking necessary action is exactly why nothing gets fixed in Washington, DC. It reminds me of two books. First is Sen. Tom Coburn’s “Breach of Trust“, where he describes approaching then Speaker Gingrich and Trent Lott about cutting the budget. Lott reminds him that he has an election coming up next year and they can have good government after that.
The second is a book I’m reading right now, “The New Road to Serfdom” by Daniel Hannen. He describes how it’s almost impossible to change anything in Great Britain because it’s out of the hands of the voters.
What would the voters do if they had direct votes?
It’s possible they would do what needed to be done to lower the debt, considering they are more concerned about $14 trillion in red ink than they are about defaulting:
…when pressed to name their biggest concern, nearly half of respondents say they are alarmed by the prospect that the debt could grow beyond its current limit of $14.3 trillion, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll. Only 35 percent say they are more worried about the risk of default and economic destabilization if Congress does not raise the debt limit.
I know what you’re thinking. I’m comparing apples to oranges in that I’m using a poll on raising the debt limit to justify Ryan’s budget. Plus, it’s probable the people polled don’t understand what would happen if America defaulted on its loans. They wouldn’t cut benefits for themselves, you say.
What this comparison shows is a majority of the American people get it. They recognize that the debt is already ginormous and can’t be allowed to get bigger. Republicans can use this. They can explain to the American people why the Ryan budget is necessary to start cutting not only the budget deficit, but the national debt.
Explain to them that in order for American prosperity to grow, the federal government has to stop looting the American people to the tune of $2 trillion or more. Explain how the states can take over the programs that the federal government cuts, if those states want to. Explain charities and their necessary role in society.
And expect to be demonized by the left. Prepare for that. Have strategies to turn that against them. Be ready to appeal to the emotions of Americans.
But be willing to do what is best for the country, not what is best for the next election.
And have not only a spine, but a willingness to stand together and fight for what is right for once.
Time is short. Man up.