by Bob Quasius
Charles Krauthammer is right about the looming fiscal cliff. Obama’s insulting offer should be flatly turned down, and in fact Republicans should walk.
“It is a device to get all of us running down the road so we accept whatever Obama wants, because otherwise we will have failed the fiscal cliff, and how can you be a patriot if you don’t do what the fiscal cliff requires?”
Why are congressional Republicans allowing taxes instead of spending to be the focus of budget discussions? We are overspent, not undertaxed,
What I would say to the House Republicans is to get a grip. They are the majority; they are not the minority. They don’t need to cave in to Obama. They don’t need to form a surrender caucus,
Gingrich recalls a similar fiscal cliff in a February 2011 Washington Post op-ed. In December 1995, the House passed a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. Although the Senate failed to pass the amendment, House Republicans and some Democrats decided to balance the budget anyway, despite the looming threat of a presidential veto. Clearly President Clinton thought Republicans would cave rather than see government shut down.
A balanced budget passed the House and Senate, and when the expected presidential veto resulted, Republicans stood firm. Clinton’s veto did indeed shut down the federal government. The shutdown was painful for a few weeks, but laid the ground work for four straight years of balanced budgets. In fact, many of the successes Clinton often trumpets were the result of Republicans standing firm and insisting on a balanced budget!
It’s time for Republicans to walk away from negotiations unless and until Obama gets serious about balancing our budget, and yes, Obamacare needs to be on the table.
Obama’s most recent budget proposal was overwhelmingly voted down by both parties, in fact the Senate voted “no” 99-0, and after four years without any budget it’s time our government began operating under a budget.
It’s obvious that Obama is not willing to negotiate in good faith, and is attempting to bully Republicans in Congress into caving on massive tax increases, in fact double what Obama asked for last summer, along with increased stimulus spending and no concrete spending cuts until the future. Obama even wants Congress to hand Obama the authority to increase the debt ceiling, an unprecedented power grab! It’s time for Republicans in Congress to stand firm, and for Obama to come to the table and negotiate in good faith.