“Republicans have got to make Obama own the economy … Then some Republicans can say: We think this is a bad idea, but Obama won the election and the media are poised to blame us for whatever happens next, so let’s give his plan a whirl and see how the country likes it.” – Ann Coulter
“Fool me once, shame on you … fool me twice, shame on me.” – Anon.
Ronald Reagan raised taxes after Congress promised to cut three dollars in spending for every dollar in tax increases. The tax increase was levied but the spending cuts never materialized.
George H. W. Bush broke his “Read my lips, no new taxes” pledge when Congress promised two dollars in spending cuts for every dollar in tax increases. The tax increases came, costing Bush his second term, but the spending cuts never materialized.
Now Barack Obama has promised to cut spending … but only after Congress passes a tax increase on the “wealthiest Americans”.
Government doesn’t create wealth … it consumes it. Republicans would be insane to believe, for a third time, that Congress will keep their promise to cut any modicum of spending after a tax increase. Our government will always create reasons to devour your hard-earned money. It’s impossible to satisfy a glutton.
Government never cuts spending. In recent years Congress has tried to convince Americans that any reduction in proposed spending increases is a spending cut. Unfortunately an ignorant electorate too often believes that spending increases are actually spending cuts when the amount of the increase is reduced from that which is originally proposed.
As Ronald Reagan once said, “Trust but verify.” Conservatives in Congress should reject a tax increase for any level of income until the Reagan and Bush era spending reductions that were promised are delivered. Only then should they consider any revenue increase proposal.
Unfortunately GOP leaders don’t seem to have the backbone to make that stand.
It’s time for a new Republican leadership with the intestinal fortitude to stand up against out-of-control liberals who think that we can spend ourselves into prosperity. And if that stand drives us over the fiscal cliff, so be it.
Democrats will try to place the blame on Republicans … so what’s new? Democrats have done a journeyman’s job of blaming Republicans for every government ill for decades. Obama’s guys dreamed up the sequestration (automatic spending cuts, including cuts to defense spending) gimmick … make them live with it.
The GOP’s greatest failure has been an anemic PR campaign that can’t seem to deliver their message to the American electorate through a fog of liberal press coverage. It’s time they get smart. It’s time they launch an aggressive marketing strategy to overcome liberal slant. It’s time to take a page from the liberal playbook … drop the nice-guy image and get mean and dirty.
Democrats haven’t passed a budget for nearly three years. Obama hasn’t bargained with Congress in good faith since he was elected for his first term. What makes anyone think that he and his Democrat tax-and-spenders will begin to reach across the aisle now?
Speaking of reaching across the aisle, I am sick and tired of Republicans trying to achieve consensus with Democrats. Every time Republicans run on, “I can work with both sides of the aisle,” they get crushed. Compromise always favor the Democrats, so why do it?
Hey, GOP, hold a hard line on any tax increases, on any increases in cost of services, on any new regulations that hurt small businesses, any increase in the size of government, and let the Democrat’s sequestration scheme kick in.
The only way to win a war is with bloodied swords.
I’m ready to take the heat, are you?