In response to:

When Should Republicans Force the Big Fight on Spending?

Crankshaft101 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 11:06 AM
The point being that we have 3 branches of government and the House controls the purse strings. With only one-third of the government under conservative control we need to be selective about when to exert authority. I think the Repubs should do their job, submit a budget and let the chips fall where they might. With 75% of Americans supporting a smaller, leaner government it's obvious we do have plenty of authority.

The simplistic, if understandable, answer to that question for many conservatives is right now.  The national debt has surpassed our GDP, we're borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend, and our unpaid-for federal obligations already exceed $80 trillion.  We're in dire straits; there's no escaping that.  But there's also no escaping certain political realities: The public isn't feeling especially charitable toward Congressional Republicans these days, Democrats control 55 Senate seats, and this president will occupy the Oval Office for the next four years.  If the GOP is seeking to apply pressure on the Left to improve our...