Will conservatives tolerate Speaker Boehner sacrificing them to make a bad deal?
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If just a few conservative rebels tell Boehner they won’t vote for a bad deal they can prevent him from making one. They need to agree among themselves on how to tell a good deal from a bad one, and that’s the easy part. A good deal is one that doesn’t raise tax rates for anyone. A good deal makes enough spending cuts — now, not in another “if-then” deal — to cut the federal debt in half in ten years or less without gutting the defense budget. A good deal will reduce and reform both Social Security and Medicare to ensure their solvency and decrease their cost.
If only a few conservatives make that their public position, others will join them both publicly and privately. They can block a bad deal if they try.
In the fiscal cliff negotiations, Obama has an opportunity to moot Republican opposition to his agenda for his entire second term. If conservatives take a stand now, they can thwart him and at the same time rein in their wayward Speaker. If they don’t, they may not get another chance in the next four years. No deal is better than a bad deal, for the nation and for every congressional conservative.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?