Thingish Things

Firm Fiscal Focus

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Apr• 10•11

All talk in Washington now is on the debt ceiling.  Lawmakers may have cobbled together a budget deal late Friday, but that was small potatoes. The big question will come in mid-May when a vote is needed to allow the nation to borrow more money. Will the House Tea Party Republicans dare hold up that vote to demand systematic fiscal reforms?

Denying the country additional credit would roil worldwide markets, hike interest rates, halt military and social security paychecks, and shut down government services. As drastic as that would be, Republicans should be prepared to do it. But on one condition: demands on President Obama and Senate Democrats must only be about fiscal reforms.  Differences on social issues should be left out of this fight. They would be a fatal distraction in the debate.

Debt will destroy America as we know it.  Washington is stealing from our children on a daily basis – in mind-blowing sums – and it’s wrong.  There may never be a better opportunity than now to draw the line in the sand.  The budget battle we just saw was over $38.5 billion.  This fight will be about trillions, including cuts to the sacred cows of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Winning this fight – and it must be won for the sake of the next generation – will require using every ounce of leverage available.

It will be called “blackmail.” Media criticism will be excoriating. And some members of Congress will lose their jobs over it next cycle.  But it needs to be done. This is what the Tea Party conservatives came to Washington to do, and they should do it – as long as they keep the focus on fiscal issues.  Throw the kitchen sink into this fight and huge numbers of Americans will never trust the Republican Party again.  This is a conversation about unsustainable debt, not abortion, gay marriage, or prayer in school. Those debates can be had another time.

Focus, focus, focus. Fiscal, fiscal, fiscal.


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  1. Your Friend says:

    Perfect. You are so right on this it’s scary. And to prove to you how little I trust the scum bags who call themselves tea party members — my treat to a Mets game on a suitable date if those lunatics can keep social issues out of the conversation. I sincerely hope they listen to you, but hope doesn’t always turn out the way we plan. What say you to this little promise?

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