By Don Fredrick
We all know one thing from following the debate over raising the debt ceiling: those darn Republicans are stubborn and absolutely refuse to compromise. At least that is what we keep hearing from Obama, his Democrat comrades, and the mainstream media. But what is the truth?
The truth is that the Republicans in the House of Republicans have made the greatest compromise in fiscal history by agreeing to raise the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion. Granted, they are willing to raise it only if Obama and the Democrats agree to spending cuts, and they would like to ladle out that $2.4 trillion in several installments, but they have agreed to raise the debt ceiling.
The House Republicans are under no obligation whatsoever to agree to raise the debt ceiling. They can simply say no and force Obama to cut federal spending by about 40 percent—which is what it would take to insure that monthly government expenses do not exceed monthly tax revenue. Yes, the GOP House members would generally be pilloried if they did that, but they have that option—and more than a few Americans would applaud it. Nevertheless, by the very act of agreeing to raise the debt ceiling the GOP has already comprised.
Where is the compromise from Obama? He has stated that he will veto any legislation that does not include increased taxes—or, as he unscrupulously calls them, “spending cuts in the tax code.” He has stated that he will veto any legislation that does not give him the full $2.4 trillion or so up front—because he doesn’t want the “divisive issue” to be a focus of his opponent’s 2012 election campaign. He has stated that he prefers his own “balanced approach”—but he refuses to provide anyone with a piece of paper that describes his so-called plan (as made obvious by press secretary Jay Carney’s 10-minute performance” at the July 26 White House press briefing).
Barack “the only adult in the room” Obama seems quite childish by my experience and standards.
An example might clarify the situation for any slow-witted liberal who happens to stumble across this column:
Barry turns 16 and wants a car. Barry’s mother and father agree to buy junior a used car. But the father attaches several conditions: Junior must work to achieve and maintain at least a “B” average in school; he must agree to a 9 p.m. weekday curfew and a midnight weekend curfew; and he must get a part-time job to pay for his car insurance. Barry meets with his mother in an attempt to talk his father into a compromise. He wants to work only during the summer and he would like the curfew to be 10 p.m. on week nights. Mother and father discuss the situation and come to an agreement. The father does not trust Barry to maintain a “B” average, based on his past record, and will not accept a “C.” But both will go along with a 10 p.m. curfew.
Together, they present the revised agreement to Barry, who throws a fit because he wants the car now and he will only work during the summer. An angry Barry goes to his grandparents and wails, “Dad is such a jerk! He refuses to compromise! You have to talk to him or my life is ruined! I won’t be able to get a date without a car! Who cares if I only get a “C” average? Bill Gates doesn’t even have a college degree!”
Barry thinks his arguments are persuasive, but Grandma and Grandpa tell him to sit down and shut up. “Listen, junior,” Grandpa says, “ When I was your age not only did I not have a car, I got up at 5 a.m. to do my chores before waiting for the school bus for the long ride to school.” Grandma adds, “And if I had sassed my parents the way you sass yours, I would have had a welt on my backside wider than the Mississippi River.” Grandpa observes, “You have already been given more in your short 16 years than I ever got from working for 50. Now go back and apologize to your parents, be thankful you’re even getting a car, and if I hear one word about poor grades or a missed curfew you will quickly discover the joys of walking.”
In case you haven’t guessed, father is the House of Representatives, mother is the U.S. Senate, the grandparents are the voters, and little Barry is… well, you know the identity of the spoiled brat in this tale.
July 27, 2011
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