Yes, I've written this before, but in the context of the proposed budget agreement, it needs to be restated.
Real conservatives supported the government shutdown in October and should make no apologies for that stance. The Republicans proved that they could take action to back up their words, and even before the failure of the Obamacare website eclipsed the shutdown in news coverage, Republicans were suffering minimal repercussions.
But let's be honest, with a seemingly bipartisan "compromise" being proposed that would finally pass a budget, which hasn't happened for quite a while, it would be silly for Republicans to fall on their sword and push a second shutdown in a row. Yes, the Ryan-Murray solution leaves plenty to be desired, but it will appear to most Americans as a reasonable compromise in a town where the endless gridlock hurts everyone, including those who carry the conservative banner.
It is so very important that Republicans learn to survive to fight another day. And that day is approaching very quickly.
In the first half of 2014, President Obama and his friends will once again be calling for an increase in the federal debt ceiling. And that is the golden goose, the mother's milk, the end-all be-all for the federal government. At some point, it has to stop. And for once, Republicans seem to be holding the upper hand in potentially using this endless ritual to extract true political change.
Obamacare is, as has been noted by virtually every political pundit and pollster, the most disliked and despised government program of our lifetime. And with every week that passes by, more and more Americans who were expected to love it instead reject it and its creator, President Obama. Recent polls show that even Obama's most ardent sources of past support, such as younger voters and Hispanic-Latinos, have come to disapprove of President Obama in increasingly large numbers.
By the early spring of this year, more and more Americans will have discovered that this alleged panacea for their future health is instead a red-tape nightmare that limits options, increases costs and leaves people uncertain about their financial and personal future. And at about that same time, the nation will have reached the critical moment at which
Congress will again have to raise the debt ceiling or, as we will all be reminded once again, our economy will collapse.