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Budget plans advance the cause. The left is in retreat. Can we knock off the backbiting and nitpicking?
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Kudlow is right. The left is in retreat. Even if not every provision of every conservative plan is a good idea, and even if the victories aren’t as big and don’t come as fast as many of us would like, the reality is that this plethora of overwhelmingly solid, conservative proposals serves to keep the pressure on, serves to keep the ball (and public policy) moving in the right direction, and puts liberals into an electoral box. They will be defending huge deficits and higher taxes, without being able to show any economic benefits from them. Unemployment will still be higher than when Obama took office; gasoline and food prices will be higher; and the number of homeowners “under water” still will probably exceed the level Obama inherited.
Now is the time for conservatives to highlight those facts and attack the left for profligacy and incompetence, rather than to continue blasting (and nitpicking) each other for supposedly insufficient “guts” or weak dedication to the cause.
Fiscal conservatives are on the move. The liberal winter is thawing. The most important battle will be in November, 2012 — followed by a long challenge to secure the victory by implementing good policy thereafter.
The excellent news is that people like Toomey, Ryan, and the thinkers at Heritage are laying out those good policy options right now. More power to them.