The Tea Party is exactly right.
House Speaker John Boehner is exactly right.
When you are right, NEVER, NEVER, compromise.
The Tea Party is right that no proposal currently being considered to raise the debt ceiling SOLVES, or even makes a big down payment, on the deficit. They should continue to push for plans like their Cut, Cap, and Balance everywhere possible. They should also support the Boehner plan to raise the debt ceiling.
Boehner is right in that he does not have the Senate nor President's co-operation to SOLVE, or even make a big down payment, on the deficit. He also is right to pass a short term (6 mos. or so) extension of the debt ceiling that accompanies a small package of expense cuts. This scares the Socialists in the Senate and White House to death. The ball is now in their court. To not pass the House bill will make the Socialists responsible for having to ration our bill payments and run the likely risk of facing a downgrade of our nation's credit rating because we are not passing an expense reduction plan greater than $4 Trillion. It also does not give Obama the only thing he really cares about which is not having to face this debt issue again before the 2012 election.
To pass the House bill is not a compromise for Boehner nor the Tea Party. Both are voting to buy another 6 months to work the SOLUTION or at least a big down payment on the deficit. They can run on this progress in 2012 to gain a majority in the Senate and to put an ADULT in the White House.
The only way the Republicans can commit an evil compromise is if they agree to a small expense cut and an EXTENSION OF THE DEBT CEILING BEYOND 2012. If they do this we pack up and either : (A) Move to New Zealand (B) Move to Australia (C) Secede from the Union (Texas only).
Think about it,
P. S. The following is a philosophical note I recently sent a friend.
In my later years I hate compromise. On most issues there is a right and a wrong. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. Compromise is EVIL.
Examples: The debt/deficit problem is a spending problem. Right is to cut spending to get our budgets back in balance. Wrong is to keep borrowing and spending. Compromise is to cut a little and keep spending while deceiving voters. I would rather see politicians Wrong than EVIL.
The debt/deficit problem is also a revenue problem. Right is creating an income and business friendly environment to grow the economy and the tax base. Wrong is to weaken the economy with high taxes and regulation and try to offset it with tax increases and regulations which weaken it more. EVIL is compromising with some tax increases and regulations and token spending cuts. The deficit grows the economy weakens and it just takes a little while longer to bankruptcy.
Example 2: If the Titanic is sinking and one group says abandon ship (Right) and the other says stay on board (Wrong) clearly one is right and the other wrong. The Compromisers say let’s let half abandon and half stay on board. This is EVIL.
Example 3: Gays in military. Right is to not allow gays in the military. Wrong is to openly allow them. Don’t ask don’t tell is EVIL knowing that the next gay friendly President will eliminate DADT. The end result of compromise is doing wrong without anyone taking responsibility.
Bi-partisanship today only serves the politicians and continues the country's slide downhill.
Just my ornery thoughts as I age.