Don’t Ignore Next Congress During Presidential Horse Race
“Are the House GOP leaders principled? Are they smart? Do conservatives want to work to get those leaders changed in 2013? Earlier?”
By Guest Blogger Richard Falknor on 21 Nov 2011
stalwarts want to elect one of their own as president in November 2012.
Conservatives (those within the GOP, and some without) want to change
the course and size of government starting in January 2013. Many
independents — including voters who gave up on the GOP because of that
party’s flirtation with governmentalism over much of the last decade–
want to see president Barack Obama voted out of office in November
All these groups share the essential goal of replacing Mr. Obama in the White House.
conservatives and some independents, however, replacing Mr. Obama in
the White House is just the beginning of the journey toward smaller,
right-sized government. A newly elected Republican president is
unlikely to change the course and size of government without a
principled and smart GOP leadership in the Congress.
Do we have such GOP Congressional leadership now?
Here is today’s Wall Street Journal editorial “Balanced-Budget Bust: The House GOP loses its constitutional amendment ploy.”
The WSJ declares –
gambits rarely work in politics, and so it went Friday for House
Republicans on their balanced-budget amendment. Not only did they fail
to pass the amendment, but they succeeded in giving Blue Dog Democrats
political cover as fiscal conservatives. Other than that, Speaker
Boehner, how was the ploy?
Republicans had hoped to be able to put Senate Democrats on the spot by passing a balanced-budget amendment in the House without any spending or tax limitation provisions.
Instead, Democratic leaders whipped against the vote, and Republicans
fell 23 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to amend the
Conservative organizations, moreover, had written the speaker
“A vote on either a strong BBA or a weak one would meet the requirement of the Budget Control Act. Neither might pass, but a vote for a weak one would give cover to Members who have no intention of stopping the growth of government. That
would deprive the voters in 2012 of the ability to hold accountable
Members who are not prepared to vote for a strong BBA with teeth
sufficient to take real bites out of big government.
the undersigned organizations and conservative leaders urge you, the
House Republican Leadership, to make sure that House vote on a balanced
budget amendment required by the Budget Control Act be on a strong BBA,
not on a weak one.
conservatives across America will be watching carefully to see how you
handle this opportunity.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)
Representative Paul Ryan was one of only four Republicans who voted against the Boehner Balanced Budget Amendment.
CNS quotes House budget panel chief Ryan –
concerned that this version will lead to a much bigger government
fueled by more taxes,’ Ryan said. ‘Spending is the problem, yet this
version of the BBA makes it more likely taxes will be raised, government
will grow, and economic freedom will be diminished.’
‘Without a limit on government spending, I cannot support this amendment,’ he said.”
Are the House GOP leaders principled? Are they smart? Do conservatives want to work to get those leaders changed in 2013? Earlier?”
Dell’s Two Cents Worth:
certainly agree with Richard and strongly encourage our readers to keep
a keen eye focused on your state’s senate race. A gain of three
senators, plus a Republican Vice President, would swing the balance of
power in the upper chamber and give Republicans control of all three