The House passed a bill to cut spending. It’s more than clear that the House was elected in overwhelming (e.g. “blowout”) fashion specifically to do just that.
But … because the GOP has, throughout my entire adult life (I’m 56), had the worst imaginable PR flacks, the President and his ilk continue to be allowed to get-away with saying that “the American people want us to compromise.”
This is absurd.
Maybe the House, having done what it was elected to do, should just go on their August recess (ever consider how apt a name that is for Congress? “Recess”? Perfect…) and leave it to the Senate, saying,
“We’ve done the job we were elected to do, no tax-based bill from the Senate will pass the House – the part of our government designed to be closest to the will of the People, so we’re going home. The Senate will just have to adjust to the will of the American People, as expressed in the recent election, and pass our bill. That’s how representative democracy works in a Constitutional Republic. See you in September.”
If the American people wanted a bipartisan bill, we’d have elected a balanced House. Notice that we did not do that. We didn’t come CLOSE to doing that.
There’s a reason for that: We want spending cut. Any intelligent person recognizes that the size of the electoral blowout was relative to the size of the cuts demanded by the American people: HUGE.
Of course, no one in the GOP PR machine is commenting publicly, in OpEds or columns or anywhere else I have seen, that to a Dem, “Compromise” means Republicans passing Dem policies. Newsflash: If We the People wanted Dem policies, we’d have elected Dem politicians.
We didn’t, though, did we?
So, quite obviously, when Obama and the other Dems with a microphone keep talking about “what the American people want,” they are just lying. No new news there…
But… If Obama and Pelosi and Reid want a compromise, fine. Obama borrowed and spent $5T in the past two years, right?
Immediately CUT $2.5T with no tax increases, revenue enhancers or anything else. That would be an IMMEDIATE 50-50 compromise.
And if the GOP PR could get out of their own way, or had three working brain cells, they could spread this all over the media and move the “compromise” discussion back to where it belongs – on MORE CUTS.
Starting with an absurd baseline of AFTER the $5T added to the debt in the past 2 years – rather than where we ought to start – 1/20/09… or actually 1/3/07 … is crazy.
But not as crazy as the GOP letting them get-away with doing so.