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For Once, Republicans Must Ignore All Calls and Jump off Cliff

Cal18 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 9:30 AM
Prior to this election, I'd have agreed with you wholeheartedly. While my hope is "we" re-elected President Obama because we just hate turning out presidents (remember Bush 41 would have won had Ross Perot stayed out of the race) my concern is America really has reached a tipping point. If that's true, then those addicted to entitlements along with those who believe government giving is a good thing will unite against Republicans. We may lose the House again in 2014. I'm not fear based, but I am well grounded in reality. Do we fall on our swords and hope for the best? Tough call indeed.

I remember it well. It was Christmastime 1995, and much of the business establishment seemed furious with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. As his political chair, I was hearing them out. Moreover, I was by then CEO of one of the nation's largest producers of corporate annual reports -- big-ticket items -- so I was listening intently.

But I had no influence. Bill Clinton was having nothing to do with Newt's threats to "shut down" the government, and that is exactly what Newt did -- twice -- both in December of 1995 and again in January of 1996. The result? Clinton...