Now that peace has temporarily descended upon the nation’s capital and this sordid episode in the life of our Republic has come to an end, behold my review of the Movie of the Week: “High Noon at Debt Ceiling.”
1. Thankfully, we are actually discussing a decrease in the size of government. Of course, there’s really nowhere to go but down since Obama and his cronies in Congress went on history’s biggest spending binge. The problem, of course, is that we’re cutting far too little, especially in the next couple of years. Most of the proposed cuts have been left for future years to avoid any pain.
2. The Republicans did a reasonable job, considering that they control only the House of Representatives while the Democrats control the Senate and the Presidency. The 85 freshmen need to continue their push towards fiscal sanity. No matter how horribly they are vilified by the Washington establishment, the mainstream media, and the political left, they are on the correct path. They need to enlarge their group in the House, get more Senators elected, and replace this President – and then we can see some real change.
3. The Republicans are still playing too nice. Example: Senator John Thune (R-SD), a wonderful man, recently appeared on Meet the Press with Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). When Ms. McCaskill accused Republicans of “giving taxpayer checks to Big Oil,” Thune should have asked her what checks she was talking about. When McCaskill claimed that she is one of the Democrats supporting entitlement reform, Thune should have asked her to identify which reform bill she has introduced or co-sponsored. She got away with these fabrications only because she wasn’t called on them. This happens all the time. We cannot depend on the press to do their job, so we must do it for them.
In another segment of the show, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm – who is redefining herself as a wise, experienced head – was taken to task by Raul Labrador, freshmen Congressman from Idaho. When she asserted that the “Tea Party” needs go along with the Washington establishment, he cited her dismal record as Governor, an eight-year stretch in which unemployment in her state increased more than 8%. He later took on David Plouffe, who regurgitated the same old liberal scare tactics, claiming that our soldiers wouldn’t get paid if the debt ceiling wasn’t raised. Mr. Labrador dissected him with facts and a smile. This needs to be consistently done.