Throwing Conservatives Off The Fiscal Cliff

John Boehner SC Throwing Conservatives Off the Fiscal Cliff

While the White House and congressional Republicans shadow box on the verge of the fiscal cliff, the federal government is busy digging below the cliff and raising its height. According to a Congressional Budget Office report released on Friday, the federal government borrows 46 cents of each dollar it spends. We’re only two months into Fiscal Year 2013 and the debt has already increased by about $300 billion.

On Friday, Speaker Boehner told the press, “This isn’t a progress report because there’s no progress to report.” That’s one part of the good news. The other part is that whatever deal Boehner and Obama may yet reach isn’t guaranteed to pass into law.

Boehner’s purge of dissenting conservatives from key committees should have pushed his conservative members too far. Removing from the budget committee those who didn’t support the Ryan budget because it didn’t do enough to balance the budget — which it didn’t — Boehner is stamping out conservatives’ ability to affect House action. If they go along with him — if they vote for a Boehner-engineered deal that raises taxes without major spending cuts including Social Security and Medicare cuts — they shouldn’t be re-elected in 2014.

Conservatives know that, but Boehner apparently doesn’t care. Boehner is so desperate to keep his personal power as Speaker, he’s apparently willing to throw the conservatives overboard. Boehner is thinking as if he were a liberal: his cognitive dissonance believes that he can preserve his power by sacrificing the conservative margin by which he holds it.

The question comes down to this: how long will House conservatives go along with Boehner’s political malpractice in dealing with Obama? This problem isn’t new. When Obama came into office in 2009, Boehner forbade House Republicans from criticizing the new president. A bunch of House members called me asking for help and as a result of press pressure from me and others, Boehner relented.

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  1. Seeks_the_truth says:

    This is one problem I have with this "fiscal cliff" and entitlement spending cuts.
    Why is Social Security and MediCARE on the line? Why should YEARS be added yet AGAIN to MY retirement age?
    RETURN the money stolen from Social Security and Medicare and we wouldn't have a problem.
    Better yet, give ME MY money taken for this pyramid scheme and let ME invest my money.
    The ONLY entitlement spending that should be cut should be to WELFARE and medicAID! Cancel the obamaphones and kick anyone who's been on welfare for more than 3 years OFF.
    I'm sick of being FORCED to give MY money for retirement to fiscally irresponsible people to steal. When I do get close enough to start dreaming of retirement, the goal post is pushed YEARS down the road AGAIN!
    The ONLY entitlement that should be cut is the welfare system. Why don't we cut the salary of those in Congress along with it? That would save us BILLIONS a year!

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