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When Should Republicans Force the Big Fight on Spending?

jdick Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 11:30 AM
The Dems are correct in stating that the debt ceiling needs to be increased to cover spending Congress has already authorized. So, Republicans need to attack the spending authorizations -- appropriations. Before the continuing resolution (an abomination in itself) expires, the House needs to pass several smaller continuing resolutions or appropriations bills, each covering a portion of the government. That gives Republicans much more control over how much is spent on what. It also makes it clear who is irresponsible, the Senate.

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...