Don’t worry about Democrats taking over the House in 2014 so that Obama can finish ramming his extreme agenda down our throats. Obama won’t tone down his radicalism enough to make that possible. Why should he, so long as Boehner et al. are putting up no resistance?
Not only have Republicans capitulated on taxes by violating their no tax pledge, Republican leaders have now announced that they are capitulating on spending as well, by violating the “Boehner rule.”
In the 2011 debt-limit standoff, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) established the Boehner rule, declaring that henceforth Republicans would insist on at least one dollar in spending cuts for every dollar in debt limit increase. This may have been one of the most important fiscal policy innovations in a generation. The rule is simple, it is perfectly reasonable, and it is broadly popular. A recent poll found that 72 percent of Americans agreed that “Any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by spending cuts and reforms of a greater amount.” Only 22 percent disagreed.
The Boehner rule is not a gimmick, but an approach that could actually restore fiscal sanity before the economy crashes and burns. In contrast, this is a gimmick:
House Republicans have already announced that they will violate the principle they established, and pass a three-month debt-limit increase this week without any spending cuts. Instead of cuts, the GOP will insist that the House and Senate pass formal budgets by April, or else forgo their Congressional pay. “The principle is simple: no budget, no pay,” Boehner declared.
Here’s an even simpler principle: do everything in your power to stop Obama before the damage is irreparable, or get primaried. If the GOP refuses to put up effective resistance to encroaching socialism, it serves no purpose.
On a tip from Ghost of FA Hayek.