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When Should Republicans Force the Big Fight on Spending?

deleeuw Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:34 PM
This is a bad idea. The GOP leadership is so fixed on "not getting blamed", rather than do the right thing. Many may disagree, saying that we need to be smart in order to win back the Senate etc. Well, that type of "smartness" is what the likes of Mitt Romney tried -- and it worked oh so well! The reason it doesn't work is because regardless of what happens, the dems will ALWAYS blame the GOP, and take whatever credit for themselves -- all made easy by sycophants in the media.

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...