Bad Budget Deal
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Speaker Boehner wouldn't know what credibility was if it punched him in the nose.
Tax-And-Spend Progressivism from the GOP.
And of course, as tends to happen when Progressive Republicans start working hand-in-hand with Progressive Democrats, conservatives aren't buying it. This budget deal is bad for America, and no good will come of it.
The deal does away with the Sequester cuts (good news to the Left, bad news to our kids and grandkids, who will be left dealing with more debt), trading immediate spending increases and tax hikes for the promise of future cuts. It truly is sad to see Republicans jumping on this bandwaggon yet again - every member of the GOP should know better by now. The Progressive Left has a very long history of promising future spending cuts in exchange for something they want right now, and each and every time, they get exactly what they want, only to go back on all of their promises later. It happened to Reagan in the 80s. It happened to George H.W. Bush (remember "Read my lips - no new taxes"?). You would think the Republicans would have figured out by now that Democrat promises of "cuts" are not to be trusted.
Instead, we are treated to John Freaking Boehner ranting on about how unreasonable conservatives are, and complaining about how conservative groups were criticizing the deal before it was even released - and even if some groups were publishing criticism before the final version of the deal was released, enough information about the deal had been leaked beforehand to let us all know just how bad the deal is.
Our nation has a massive spending problem. Our politicians are addicted to spending money, and the Washington culture has gotten to the point where if Congress hesitates to spend more money, they are accused of being "do-nothings" or hate mongers. About the only thing keeping our nation afloat right now is the Fed's quantitative easing program, which in the end will only lead to superinflation and the destruction of our currency.
Thanks to these kinds of destructive policies, our national economy is built on a house of cards. Pain is coming, and deals like this mess of a budget compromise will only make it worse.
The plain truth of it is that the only people this budget deal is good for is the Progressive Republicrats in D.C. No matter which party they claim to be affiliated with, progressives in both parties want the same thing: the expansion of the federal government, and control over the American people. For all of their complaining about how the Tea Party Patriots are supposedly ruining America and clogging up the works in Washington politics, true fiscal conservatives are a rare breed in the halls of Congress. After all, it was Paul Ryan, who endorses this sham of a budget deal, who was supposedly the strong fiscal conservative on the GOP's 2012 ticket. With a "deal" like this, Ryan shows himself to either be just another progressive sell-out, or so ignorant of recent history that he can't be trusted to do the right thing when it comes to federal spending.
Instead of using his leverage over the federal budget to ignite another well-deserved battle over Obamacare, Speaker Boehner has chosen instead to lash out at those conservative groups that have attempted to hold him accountable for his progressive ways. After all, when the leader of the party that is supposed to stand for fiscal restraint in government comes out so strongly in favor of a tax-and-spend budget plan and throws away the party's bargaining power on the biggest political issue of our time in the process, he shouldn't be questioning anyone's credibility but his own.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)