Monday, April 11, 2011

INDEPENDENT VOTERS LISTEN UP: GOP SHOWS STATESMANSHIP IN BUDGET SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN












Ask the guy who runs a little bodega on the upper west side of Manhattan if he plans a budget for each year for his little business and he’ll look at you cross-eyed and say, “Of course. If I don’t then how will I know how much I should invest in newspapers, magazines, cigarettes and candy to sell”. This is fiscal insight and leadership that doesn’t resonate with the 111th congressional leadership, led by former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate majority leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), and President Obama. Perhaps they should have done an internship working the bodega cash register, but then again they probably would have given away all the store inventory through some "entitlement" program.

Since they didn’t take the internship a federal government shutdown was looming on the horizon because the 111th congress and the White House led by these three titans of spend, waste and mismanagement neglected to pass a 2011 federal budget. Having these three progressive-socialists at the helm of a federal budget process is like handing over the American military and police to Bill Ayers-- mass hysteria is not far off.

Stepping up to clean up the democrat’s fiscal vision of “confusion and neglect” the 112th congress' new GOP House of Representative leadership led by Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was tasked with the “pulling teeth” job of managing the democrats spending sprees and leading America through a 2011 budget process. As a result the 111th congressional leadership wasted even more taxpayer dollars, caused economic uncertainty and forced the GOP-led House into protracted 2011 budget negotiations amounting to at least six continuing resolutions with the democratic helmed Senate and White House, unfortunately still led by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and President Obama. On April 8 at the literal eleventh hour the three parties entered into a 2011 budget agreement resulting in an estimated $39 billion in spending reductions to avert a shutdown and a deal on a longer term spending bill would cut approximately $78 billion in spending.

This budget agreement is a major accomplishment for the GOP given the realities of the circumstances. After two years of unchecked spending sprees by progressive-socialist leadership in the congress and the White House the GOP has, in as many months, applied the brakes on this runaway train and their policy victories are notable. Speaker Boehner outlines the GOP’s accomplishments in the budget deal, most noteworthy being:
  • the largest spending cut in American history translating into future savings,
  • officially ends the failed Obama stimulus spending binge,
  • guarantees a Senate vote on repealing unconstitutional ObamaCare
  • guarantees a senate vote and debate on de-funding Planned Parenthood
  • Moreover, who wouldn’t like the fact that the GOP deal denies additional funding to the IRS?

Despite these prudent GOP budget mandates and the fact that they are solely responsible for taking the lead for Americans on a national budget crisis some in the republican party are disenchanted. They wanted more in terms of cuts to avert the shutdown since the party initially asked for as much as $61 billion in current spending cuts versus the agreed to $39 billion. The Hill reports that Tea Party populist Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) says that the deal cut to fund government operations over the next six months may "not be good enough" for him to support when the House votes next week. Another Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) criticized the compromise, calling it a “disappointment for me and for millions of Americans who expected $100 billion in cut” ($61 billion is the prorated $100 billion).

With all due respect to those who support Reps. Pence's and Bachmann’s sentiments and who hold dear America’s First Principles as their guiding principles, they’ve lost sight of the impact of the GOP’s efforts on the larger political landscape. They must ask themselves the following two fundamental questions:
  • what must be the culture of the future leadership in America’s political system to fully reinstate its First Principles?

  • what is the voting block that makes that decision?

The answer to the first question is obvious--the antithesis of those over the last two years who have held congressional majorities and the current occupant of the White House. The answer to the second question should be apparent-- independents.

The GOP has proven to the all important independent voters that the GOP is the party of fiscal integrity and responsibility, that the GOP has saved America from an imminent shutdown of services and that the GOP put a halogen spotlight on the democrat’s consistent attitudes towards fiscal neglect and mismanagement to further their progressive-socialist agendas. Throughout this process the GOP has proudly displayed maturity, conscientiousness, concern and statesmanship in dealing with America's fiscal issues. Contrast those qualities with the democrat's behaviors of petulant and adolescent fear mongering, heel dragging and special interest pandering.

But in order to solidify this proof to independent voters alignment is key. Traditional conservatives, neoconservatives and the Tea Party movement alike must align around the remarkable leadership displayed by the GOP throughout this budget process. Without such alignment the progressive-socialists will leap at the opportunity with their Saul Alinsky tactics to leverage GOP infighting as a distraction to confuse independent voters.

Conservatives of all forms must instead leverage the success of the GOP’s budget leadership as proof to independent voters that they are aligned to lead America back to prosperity grounded in America’s First Principles. The skirmish is over. Save the valuable vigor to align around House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) 2012-2021 “Path to Prosperity” budget. That is where the true battle begins with the progressive-socialists, and the GOP needs to ensure it has the independent voters on board to support their cause for Ryan’s plan.

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