Given the way Obama is getting insulting about the negotiations and, also, given the increasing level of hateful, eliminationist rhetoric from the left, my feeling is that we just dig our heels in and become increasingly unwilling to go along with the Democrat-led charade. Agree to nothing. Pass a bill out of the House keeping tax rates just where they are and cutting $1 trillion from FY2013 spending and then refuse to budge. Also, refuse to raise the debt limit or pass any further continuing resolutions – pass a budget and then refuse to budge.
Does this carry risk? Yes, it does – the American people might turn on us and toss us out of the House in 2014. So be it. I’m not about to be kicked and spat upon and then still be blamed for all the misery that Obama policies are bringing to the United States. We can show our responsibility and patriotism by passing out of the House reasonable bills which actually address our spending and debt problems – let Obama and his toadies in the Democrat party and the MSM make of it what they will, and let the people decide next election time what they want.
UPDATE: I was suffering from a really bad bout of stomach flu starting on the night of the 31st and continuing until just a few hours ago…so, I didn’t need Congress to make me sick to my stomach, for once. Still, the additional nausea was unhelpful.
We really should have just passed a tax cut/spending cut bill and sent it off to the Senate to make of it what they will. Look what going along with them got us? Tax hikes, no real spending cuts and our brand so toxic that Chris Christie (who has killed his 2016 chances, entirely) not only throwing Boehner under the bus, but backing up a few times to run over him, again. We’d have done better by sticking entirely to our guns.
And that is what we must do from now on – heck with Obama and his Democrats. They are uninterested in what is best for America. They just want to win. Ok, so let them win – let them have it all…or, at least, as much as they can get with zero cooperation from us. Just keep passing common-sense bills (which will be popular, by the way) and allow Reid and Obama to ignore or mutilate or whatever they want. Can this eventually result in our loss in 2014? Sure can – but so can nonsense like the “fix” to the fiscal cliff…how many GOP voters just said “heck with them” last night? If we are to be defeated, then let us be defeated gloriously…and, who knows?, maybe if we fight for what is right, victory will crown our efforts?