House GOP struggles to kick spending addiction.
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Let us also include a permanent limit on the percentage of the people’s earnings government can take without their consent.
What Reagan and Kemp were talking about was not just how to run a government — although they both did that extensively. But they were about a much larger something else. What the two conveyed by word and deed was a psychological attitude — the need to risk boldly to achieve greatly.
Kemp might call this being an “Inchon Republican” — someone who understands as MacArthur had need to understand that “councils of war breed timidity.”
LET’S BE CANDID. John Boehner and his Republican colleagues are fine people. The majority doubtless see themselves as conservatives.
But the failure to stand strong in the political wind for a mere $61 billion in budget cuts, settling for less than $40 billion is the decided product of a GOP council of war that is about as far from the Reagan and Kemp Inchon Republican mindset as it is possible to get, as Fox’s Neil Cavuto and Mark Levin are in essence discussing right here. There is zero strategy here other than just do the best that can be done to get to the next fight and repeat the same no-strategy strategy all over again. It bears a very unsettling resemblance to product bred by timidity.
The problem here — the real problem — is in fact not the budget numbers themselves.
The real problem is a Republican psychology that is unable to understand that the entire American Left, after decades and decades and decades of tax-and-spending, has now effectively become the political equivalent of an addict. An alcoholic or a drug addict, except instead of scotch or crack cocaine the drug of choice is something even more powerful: money. Specifically, your money.
To put a face on it, let’s take a look at two well-known personalities and their recent outings on the television air waves.
The first, found here, is Charlie Sheen.
The second, here, is MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell in a clip from last week in which he discusses potential government defunding of Planned Parenthood (which, surprise, surprise, as events played out later did not happen).
As life would have it, I’ve met both Sheen and O’Donnell. The first as an extra in one of his films, the second through a mutual friend. The Charlie Sheen I met was not the one in this video of his. The man I met was completely in control of himself, nice, polite, thoroughly professional and very, very good at what he was there to do. O’Donnell is clearly not the Sheen of today. He is a media and political professional, a man of considerable talent. So what needs to be said here is not intended in any fashion as some sort of thoughtless wise-guy slur on either. But it needs to be said. Sheen and O’Donnell are by coincidence illustrating exactly the point that Inchon Republicans understand — and others on the GOP side do not, as Reagan essentially noted in his famous “bold colors-pale pastels” speech.
What do you see when you watch Charlie Sheen in that now-famous and recent video? I have no idea in the world what was going on with him as he let himself be taped here. But the world knows what Sheen’s father Martin Sheen has said, here in this instance in a story from Britain’s UK Guardian: “Charlie is dealing with the most profound problems and addiction, it is no secret. His behaviour has been an example of that.” And Charlie Sheen’s behavior in this video does indeed seem to present a vivid illustration of this.
Now compare this with the emotional O’Donnell video. No, O’Donnell is not an alcohol or drug addict. Of course not. But he is most definitely, as is the woman whose e-mail he reads aloud — an e-mail which causes him to start crying on camera — something very much resembling a political version of Charlie Sheen.
Mr. O’Donnell — and the woman whose e-mail he read — is addicted to massive, uncontrollable spending of someone else’s money. Yours. Your neighbor’s. Your child, your spouse, your unborn great-great-great grandchildren. Whatever. Spending other people’s money has become the crack cocaine or straight scotch of American liberalism. They cannot now — or ever — get enough. As it stands right now that tab to their dealer or bartender has reached over $14 trillion — and that’s before you get to the unfunded liabilities of Medicare and all the rest that approach $100 trillion. What Mr. O’Donnell is weeping about — literally — is the possibility that someone out there — “wackos,” as the woman calls them — is trying to stage a political intervention that will remove the tiniest gram of their financial crack cocaine — funding for Planned Parenthood in this case. The very thought of it literally sends him over the edge on camera, every bit as distraught in his own fashion with his political addiction as Charlie Sheen appears to be with what his father has said are serious, serious addictions to substances that certainly seem to be driving Charlie’s decidedly unnerving appearance in that video.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
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