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When Should Republicans Force the Big Fight on Spending?

wdwrkr Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:04 PM
Agree with Dan. We are way past the point where we have to rein-in spending and restore sanity to our national finances. The Repubs talk sensible and resolute when campaigning prior to election. But, AFTER every election they quickly return to their preferred modus operandi; don't stand for principles. Just CUT THE SPENDING, and, NO MORE DEBT INCREASE! If the Repubs can't stand for that, then what good are they?

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...