Here is the monologue from today’s Roderic Deane Show on BlogTalkRadio:
On Friday, the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, broke off negotiations with the White House on how to raise the debt-limit and reduce spending. Boehner than issued a letter to his House colleagues explaining the issue. You can read that letter here.
Boehner knew that he had to put out an explanation immediately and for good reason. Obama walked to the WH Press Room to make a statement 30 minutes after Boehner broke off talks.
In his presser, Obama said that Republican commentators and voters are puzzled as to why it couldn’t get done. How could ANYONE know why it couldn’t get done when Boehner had only called Obama 30 minutes before his press conference began? This is one of Obama’s favorite rhetorical devices: the use of a “straw man”. He will attribute something to some unknown person as a way of bolstering his argument. We have no way of proving if it is true or not.
In addition to his letter to Congress, Speaker Boehner called his own press conference later in the evening. It was designed to be a follow-up to his letter.
Folks, we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Raising taxes only delays the inevitable need to reduce spending. But we’re not just talking about discretionary spending, we’re talking about ALL spending. This includes Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare. The federal government has instituted programs that are unsustainable. In other words, if we don’t reform these key programs, we’ll go broke! It’s just a matter of time.
How long do we continue to allow our politicians to skirt this issue? The 2010 elections brought a wave of fiscal conservatives into the halls of Congress. Unfortunately, the election did not change the balance of power in the Senate and we will have to wait until 2012 to change out the current occupant of the White House. So, what do we do?
Number 1: Hold the line on raising the debt limit. There is absolutely no reason to give the federal government free reign to continue spending. Trust me, with the current occupant in the White House, that is exactly what will happen.
Number 2: Hold the line on increasing taxes. We have a history of passing tax increases on the premise of reducing spending, but the spending reductions never happen. Just ask George Bush 41 or Ronald Reagan for that matter. They both got sucked into the lie that Congress would cut spending down the road, but for the present, they just needed a tax increase to maintain fiscal balance. It NEVER happened. Ronald Reagan swore that he would never fall for the charade again and pushed very hard for a balanced budget amendment. Unfortunately, he fell short of getting a bill out of the House. George Bush 41 was not re-elected to a second term and rightly so, after he had said “read my lips, no new taxes”.
There is a meme out there that suggests that we can solve our debt problem with higher taxes. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our debt is going to overwhelm us if we don’t get it under control.
There is a conservative commentator that I really like. His name is Bill Whittle and he is part of the Pajamas Media enterprise. He’s also taken to doing some stuff on his own and he’s posting some great, great videos on YouTube. I post them on my blog to put them on your radar screen. He calls them “The Firewall”.
He did a video back in April about our debt crisis. It is definitely worth a listen and you can find that video here.
Number 3: Pass a balanced budget amendment. This is long overdue. Reagan tried to do it and failed to get a bill out of the House, which was controlled by Democrats. The Republicans controlled the Senate at the time. Now, Republicans control the House, have passed a bill to require a Balanced Budget Amendment, but now the Democrats control the Senate. This is why the 2012 elections are so important!
These items are all included in the Cut, Cap and Balance Act that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last Tuesday. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, has indicated that he will not allow the bill to come to the Senate floor for debate and vote. We must demand that this happen! If given a proper hearing, I believe that there just might be enough Democrats for it to pass the Senate. At that point, it will be up to Barack Obama to say no. If he does what is expected and vetoes the bill, he will own the debt crisis all by himself. I do believe that he’ll take that as a badge of honor. That’s perfectly fine with me. He can take that badge when he moves out of the White House in January of 2013. Whatever Republican wins the Presidency, they should make sure and tell Barry not to let the door hit him on the way out!
Friends, we can either rise up to oppose more government interference in our lives, or we can sit back and do nothing, suffering the consequences. I stand with Sarah Palin because she is the only potential candidate that has been consistent in her views about governance. She has been consistent in her approach to governance as coming from “a servant’s heart”. This is huge. We don’t need politicians to tell us what to do, we need someone that understands the dynamic that has driven this country for the last 235 years: liberty. Liberty to make choices that benefit both us and our fellow man. Liberty to voice our opinions wherever we choose to do so. Liberty to advance our own wealth by bringing products to market that benefit all.
I know I standing on a soap-box, but you have to understand something very basic. Our country and our economic model is the best ever devised by man. We have faced adversity before and we face it now. I am confident that we’ll achieve greatness beyond anyone’s imagination if we just stick to our roots.
…and that’s my two-cents worth for the week.
BlogTalkRadio: Deficits, Demons and Champions
Articles mentioned on today’s show:
Investor’s Business Daily – Thomas Sowell
David Limbaugh: America’s Financial Restoration vs. Obama’s Ideology
Sarah Palin: Lame Duck President