But it is becoming increasingly clear that we are going to run into this bottomless cup of coffee we call the debt ceiling at some point in the future, resulting in the exact same dire economic consequences that have been predicted each time in the past when the possibility of a failure to increase the debt has arisen.
The question conservatives should pose during the next debt ceiling showdown is this: Should we draw the line now, forcing our nation to reconcile with reality, or should we allow the likely phenomenal cost of Obamacare, both in terms of future expense to taxpayers and its ultimate impact on businesses, thus declining tax revenues, or simply kick the can down a little longer?
Strategically, for the Republicans, and fundamentally, for the nation, the answer is to jam Obamacare down the throats of the Democrats and wrap it firmly around the president. Republicans should demand that the onerous, dishonest and despised Affordable Care Act be dismantled before a single Republican votes to increase the debt limit.
Oh, sure, someone like John McCain will come running to the microphones and proclaim that, in order to save our stock markets and our financial institutions, it will be essential not to use the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip. And in the end, the pressure from Wall Street and the White House might be enough to force another "kick the can" accommodation on the debt ceiling down the road once more.
But Republicans and conservatives will have created a permanent link in the mind of the public between future debt increases and what will be a catastrophically disastrous Obamacare, doomed for future failure.
And the stage will have been set for the 2014 elections, allowing Republicans to rightfully proclaim their willingness to end spiraling debt and put an end to the Affordable Care Act. That's a message that could actually allow the Senate to also become majority Republican, effectively ending President Obama's reign of increasingly liberal terror.
It's time for bold action by the GOP ... it's just a matter of choosing when to take another courageous stand. The debt ceiling fight is the smart one to pick.
Matt Towery is author of the book "Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency." He heads the polling and political information firm InsiderAdvantage. Follow him on Twitter: @matttowery. To find out more about Matt Towery and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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