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When Should Republicans Force the Big Fight on Spending?

elko-mike Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 2:48 AM
True. To this I would add that deficit, revenue, and cuts are all topics that are easy to demagogue, and therefore are not good framing of the debate for Republicans. Better is to make this about doing one's job, following the law, and being responsible -- pas a budget that comes into balance in some reasonable amount of time. This is something everyone can understand; this is a fight they can win. It is a fight the Republicans should have had two years ago as you said, but better late than never.

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...