Terry Paulson

The President hopes voters will blame Republicans, but the facts reveal a different story. Ever since the mid-term election victories, Republicans have been clear about their mission to cut spending and the size of our exploding debt. They’ve evidenced that mission by presenting Rep. Paul Ryan’s scorable and transparent budget plan and, this month, passed their Cut, Cap and Balance plan that provided a debt ceiling increase, initial budget cuts, a spending cap and a balanced budget amendment that would need state approval. It was the President who said “No” to their transparent and open plan to put limits on both parties.

On the other hand, the Democrats in Congress haven’t presented or passed a budget in over 800 days. The President’s ridiculous, deficit-exploding budget was dead on arrival in the Senate, being defeated 97-0. This President and a Democratic-controlled Senate and House had already rejected bi-partisan healthcare reform in favor of passing the debt-busting Affordable Healthcare Act that Americans didn’t get to read until it was passed. This behind-the-door, non-transparent, partisan strategy has further polarized Washington. Trust is non-existent. As Reagan would say, “Trust but verify!” Unfortunately, that can’t happen in last-minute negotiations that aren’t in writing.

The President has attacked Republicans for not being able to say “Yes” to anything. May I suggest that it’s ONLY the Republicans who have seriously proposed and passed solutions and said “Yes” to real budgets that have been scored by the CBO and open to public scrutiny. It’s this President that has presented words, vague promises and a clear “No” to the Republican plan and budget.

Americans, you have a choice. Compromise may extend the debt ceiling, but it won’t address the debt. If one car is moving in the right lane and the other in the left, compromise is driving down the middle and getting clobbered by every car you meet. This is a choice between bigger government and dependent citizens or smaller government and empowered citizens. Here’s hoping America makes the right choice in 2012.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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