Or how the Republicans have become the New York Jets of political Washington.
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Why can’t we? Hardening the targets that are our schools — giving the teachers the training and the non-lethal means to protect the children until the cops arrive — will be very expensive. Over the next three months, while Obama manages the three “crises” of tax rates, the debt ceiling, and gun control, we’ll be told that the “assault weapons” ban will cost us nothing and that the states can’t afford to do the other things we need to protect school kids.
States can’t afford to not act. Their budgets are being blown by Medicaid and other federal mandatory spending that could and should be reduced or eliminated. If the federal government legislated the savings that cut wasteful federal programs — such as Sen. Tom Coburn details in his “back in black” proposal — we could save $9 trillion in government waste. That would pay for what states need to protect schools hundreds or thousands of times over.
Over the next three months, congressional Republicans will be fighting losing battles on gun control, taxation and the federal debt ceiling. They needn’t lose, but they will as long as they follow Boehner’s lead. New leaders need to take charge now, and take us off the path Obama is mapping.
Obama is right on one thing: we can’t wait. But that for which we can’t wait is for conservative leadership out of the mess that Obama and Boehner have made. Gun control, like the fiscal cliff Obama created with the help of congressional Republicans, isn’t a solution to our nation’s biggest problems.