House GOP struggles to kick spending addiction.
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Mr. O’Donnell weeps for defunding Planned Parenthood. Other liberals weep for defunding NPR or the EPA or this or that corner of the bureaucracy in the Education Department or the Commerce Department and on and on and on and on it goes — $14 trillion dollars worth of it with no end in sight. Harry Reid is edgy and dry-mouthed at the mere thought of defunding a cowboy poetry festival. (Did you note that comment from Cavuto and Levin — yes indeed, there are federal funds involved with putting on a cherry blossom parade.) And out in Wisconsin there is little short of an absolute breakdown over the thought of liberals being denied their drug of taxpayer dollars.
Like Charlie Sheen, the American Left simply cannot stop itself. This argument is no more about abortion or liberals on the radio or Harry Reid’s cowboy poetry festival or cherry blossom parades than Charlie Sheen’s problem is about a contract dispute with CBS. This fight is a very, very serious and life-threatening… nation-threatening… fight with addiction.
If the Left is allowed to keep doing this America will wind up just like Charlie Sheen in that video. The most vibrant country in the world will become a country of eye-rolling, mood-swinging, paranoid, shaking, incoherent, spaced-out angry dudes and dudettes demanding ever more hard cold cash — cannibalizing in one way or another whomever or whatever refuses to hand it over.
Which is exactly why Inchon Republicans are needed now more than ever.
FAR TOO MANY REPUBLICANS have let themselves be intimidated over the years as the Left’s addiction problem grew and grew and grew. Some, wary of criticism from liberals like Lawrence O’Donnell (and come to think of it, I do believe O’Donnell once cheerily confessed he was really a socialist) decided to do their best to be hip and with-it, awkwardly joining in on the fun. The thing they dreaded most was getting caught with their narrative-down. Who wants to be painted as Scrooge? The Grinch? Or, as that woman friend of O’Donnell’s said, “wackos.”
This trait of non-Inchon Republicans, which Reagan and Kemp openly disdained, was presumably at work as Boehner and his leadership team tried to hold their caucus together.
There is a failure to understand that this is not a numbers issue but a moral issue about numbers.
There are Republicans who are terrified of the liberal narrative, not understanding that after decades and decades liberals and liberalism have left themselves breathtakingly vulnerable to charges of serious, major-league addiction of the kind attributed to Charlie Sheen. So the fact that Boehner and company appear to be struggling indicates the realization hits that there are addicts in their GOP midst. Republican addicts who will somberly pledge to a trip to the Betty Ford Center for Political Spending and Anti-Economic Growth Addiction. Really. They just need one more bang. One more hit. Can’t we please fund Planned Parenthood? NPR? Pell Grants? Can’t we at least consider raising this tax or that just a teensy weensy? Ohhhhhhhhhh Goddddddddddddd! Please! Please! Winning! Winning!
The result? Think of House Republicans not as Inchon Republicans but Charlie Sheen Republicans.
The initial promise of the GOP was to cut $100 billion in the current fiscal year. This is Charlie Sheen promising to enter rehab and doing so. In fact, let’s take an actual statement from Sheen’s publicist back in early 2010:
As a preventative measure, Charlie Sheen has entered a rehabilitation facility,” says publicist Stan Rosenfield. “He will take some time off his series Two and a Half Men. He has asked that his privacy be honored.”
E!Online went on to say how supportive of Charlie the CBS network and the Sheen’s show producers were. In political terms, this is, say, some conservative media figures applauding the $100 billion pledge. Good for those Republicans! The 2010 political intervention by the Tea Party really worked.
Uh-oh. Not so fast. Suddenly, Charlie Sheen leaves rehab. Mission accomplished, all is well. And then…and then….Suddenly Charlie is taken from his home by “emergency services.” According to a news report, Sheen is “intoxicated” and suffering from “chest and abdominal pain.” TMZ reports there was a “briefcase full of cocaine” delivered to Sheen’s home before he launched on a “36 hour bender.” Charlie goes back into rehab.
In political terms? House Republicans can’t make that promised $100 billion in cuts. Political emergency services are called. It’s discovered that the spending intoxication level with House Republicans is so high that they are re-entering rehab again because they can only make $61 billion in cuts. A briefcase of spending worth almost $40 billion is discovered to have been is delivered to the House — and a Sheen-like political bender begins.
It’s discovered that the spending intoxication level with House Republicans is so high that they are re-entering rehab again because they can only make $61 billion in cuts. A briefcase of spending is delivered to the House that simply can’t be cut — so a quick political bender begins.
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