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Grover, Reagan, an angry GOP base, and a demand for Fiscal Cliff TV negotiations.
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Cutting off the funding for Republicans in the House and Senate who vote for tax increases? That’s leverage. And don’t think Mr. Bozell is not capable of doing exactly what he says.
Bozell also said the following, his statement speaking directly to principle with leverage:
Should America assume that Rep. John Boehner et al. have been misleading the country for more than two years now? It would appear so. It would be impossible to count the times and ways Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and so many others have told America that tax hikes would kill jobs and cripple the economy. Lo and behold, that’s just what they’ve proposed, $800 billion of them. They aren’t taxes, no siree. They are “revenue,” and “loopholes” that are closed (which also begs the question: if these are loopholes, why were they open?). The Obama administration now demands double that amount, and why not? The Republican Party has now surrendered its principles, and is in full retreat, the Democrats taste blood, and they’re going for it all. I would too.
Sen. Jim DeMint as usual is sounding the clarion call against this fiscal insanity. Others — the ones who believe in honoring their solemn commitments to their constituents — will join him in slamming this job destruction agenda. They are, unfortunately, firmly in the minority. It is no coincidence that right before releasing this disastrous proposal, the Speaker of the House orchestrated a purge of conservatives from key positions of power in the Republican Conference. The Republican Party is no longer the party of limited government, with limited spending and limited taxes. It is now officially exactly right behind the Democrats — on everything. It is time for conservatives to start looking for a new home. There’s precious little left for us here.
Hence the Heritage Foundation, where conservative principle lives, has issued this statement on principle headlined:
House Republicans Cave on Tax Increases and Punt Entitlements
Let’s go back to Grover’s demand for TV cameras in these negotiations. Transparency.
Remembering that the White House and its media allies insist the President took his views to the people and won — it is worth recalling that it was Obama’s campaign that made a big deal about Mitt Romney’s lack of transparency (his tax returns etc., etc.). Not to mention campaigning back in 2008 on the demand for transparency in government.
So OK. Fair enough. That’s leverage.
What could be more transparent than televising all the negotiations on the Fiscal Cliff? Says Grover, as reported here in Politico:
“It’s the president who is threatening to raise taxes on the middle class if he doesn’t stamp his feet and get his way,” Norquist said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He should get into a room with C-Span cameras there and negotiate. Let’s have it in front of C-Span cameras. And if the Republicans are being reasonable, we’ll see that. If they’re not, we’ll see that. Gotta have cameras in that room.”
Say again: “Gotta have cameras in that room.”
Again to Reagan and those arms negotiations in Geneva, not to mention three years later when Reagan himself walked out of the Reykjavik summit with Gorbachev.
Ronald Reagan was always clear-eyed about the people he was negotiating with in these Cold War episodes. He knew what was driving them philosophically and intellectually — and he believed passionately that what the Soviets had been doing since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 was not only politically unsound but morally wrong. Evil.
And so, while liberals jeered and laughed when they weren’t horrified or infuriated, Reagan talked about how the Soviets “reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime; to lie; to cheat ” and called them out as an “Evil Empire” destined for the “ash heap of history.” He did all of this while taking action — building up the nation’s defenses from the devastation of the Carter years, moving forward with a 600-ship Navy and the Strategic Defense Initiative.
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