Alexander's Column

Sequester Politics, Round Two

Will Republican 'Leadership' Bow to Obama?

By Mark Alexander · Feb. 7, 2013
“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” –Thomas Jefferson (1816)

This week we honor the life of President Ronald Reagan, who inherited from his Democrat predecessor, Jimmy Carter, the last near-depression economy, and turned it into the largest economic expansion since World War II. It is no small irony that, in the same week, the current crop of Republican “leaders” in the House and Senate, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are preparing to roll over on the deferred “Fiscal Bluff” deadline – in effect fueling our nation’s collision course with economic collapse.

As I noted just after Barack Hussein Obama’s re-election, despite his minuscule 51.1 percent victory (most of it cast by his naive and dangerously uninformed populist constituency), he would reign as if universally worshipped by all people. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, and Obama will continue his strong-handed winner-takes-all approach to compromise – which is to say, he won’t compromise.

To that end, Obama arrogantly insisted that Republicans, again, acquiesce to his demands for more taxes, few-if-any spending cuts and another deferment of the Fiscal Bluff sequestration, now scheduled for 01 March. And once again, that demand is countered by a lot of Republican hand-wringing but little Republican resistance. In fact, Republican leadership appears down for the count.

“There is no doubt, we need additional revenue,” Obama insists, “coupled with smart spending reductions, in order to bring down our deficit.” By “revenue,” Obama means another round of tax increases. By “smart spending reductions,” he means another round of smoke-and-mirror accounting, resulting in no real budget cuts.

Obama also demanded that Republicans “fix” the sequestration date – meaning that he will use the presidential soapbox to convince the American people that the consequences of mandatory cuts, if sequestration occurs, are Republicans' fault. And he will, of course, blame Republicans, which is why so many of the establishment types are running for cover.

The current sequestration debacle began with Obama’s Budget Control Act of 2011, a “deal” cut in August of that year, in return for Republican agreement to increase the national debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion. That in turn allowed Obama to borrow more money, primarily from the Red Chinese, to fund his runaway socialist entitlement programs and bloated “stimulus spending” boondoggles.

In return for more spending ability, Obama agreed to cap discretionary spending growth to “save” $950 billion over 10 years. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refer to those caps as “cuts.” He also agreed to establish a Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (a.k.a. “super committee”) to implement another $1.5 trillion in “savings.” If, however, the super committee didn’t come to an agreement by November of 2011, Obama’s suggested sequestration trigger – automatic budget “cuts” of $1.2 trillion over the next decade – would commence on January 2 of this year. But, as noted earlier, Republicans have since kicked that can down the road to March.

McConnell and Boehner

All the political machinations aside, the current level of mandatory and discretionary spending is utterly unsustainable. And, what Republican leaders are yet to comprehend is that Obama’s end game is much more than merely avoiding necessary cuts to government programs redistributing wealth to his urban plantation constituents.

Obama’s second-term “Grecian Formula” economic plan is to advance his objective of breaking the back of free enterprise, crushing it under the weight of mounting taxes, regulations and debt and, ultimately, “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” into a collectivist state under the irrevocable dominance of his Socialist Democrat Party. Outside the Beltway Bubble, that is obvious.

Free enterprise, one of the foundational pillars of Liberty, is the nemesis of Obama’s transformational plan, as implicit from his “you didn’t build that” condemnation of entrepreneurship to his ridiculous assertions that “the private sector is doing fine,” and that we simply need additional federal spending to fund more “state and local government” jobs.

A few Republicans are responding like warriors instead of diplomats. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon rebutted Obama’s rhetoric, saying, “Until he addresses the real problem, which is mandatory spending, he’s just whistling in the wind.” Rep. John Shimkus added, “He can announce all he wants. Sequestration is coming.”

But is it, and will sequestration cuts – most of which hit defense spending actually authorized by our Constitution – put any real dent in the out-of-control spending?

Amid the current crisis, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivered a speech endeavoring to “redefine Republicans.” But words are cheap. What will redefine the Republican Party is resolute legislative action. Pass legislation that adheres to conservative principles and take the right road forward. Let the Senate defeat tax cuts and spending cuts. Stop letting Obama dictate the rules of the game.

Eric Cantor

The historic 2010-midterm elections, fueled by the Tea Party Movement, restored Republicans to majority status in the House and awarded them with significant gains in the Senate – Rubio (FL), Paul (KY), Toomey (PA), Lee (UT) and Johnson (WI). On the other hand, Christine O'Donnell (DE), Sharron Angle (NV) and Ken Buck (CO) are case studies of candidates who proved too marginal for general election victories.

However, establishment Republican chamber leaders have treated these freshmen, at best, as undesired stepchildren. The marginal losses of 2012 were not a rejection of the new breed of Patriots elected in 2010, but a rejection of the entrenched Republican establishment in the Senate and House. Unfortunately Mitt Romney, who was an attractive candidate in many respects, failed to invigorate grassroots conservatives. Meanwhile Obama bought enough votes from his urban plantation dependents with promises of redistributed wealth to pull off a marginal victory.

That notwithstanding, the consummate Republican establishment strategist, Karl Rove, announced, with a little help from the New York Times, that he will use his new Conservative [sic] Victory Project super PAC to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s effort to win control of the Senate.”

Rove denied that was his objective, but clearly his intent is to offset the effectiveness of the Senate Conservatives Fund established just two election cycles ago by Tea Party favorite, Sen. Jim DeMint (now heading Heritage Foundation) and the Club for Growth, both of which have supported outstanding conservative candidates. In the last two election cycles the SCF had nine victories, including three in 2012 Senate races: Ted Cruz (TX), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Deb Fischer (NE). Club for Growth added to their 12 year winning streak by racking up 2012 House victories for Tom Massie, Trey Radel, Jim Bridenstine and Steve Stockman.

Rove pointed to the failed Senate election bids of Todd Akin (MO) and Richard Mourdock (IN) as examples of unelectable conservatives. But the more impressive list of those who lost in 2012 includes establishment Republicans Connie Mack (FL), Rick Berg (ND), George Allen (VA), Heather Wilson (NM), Denny Rehberg (MT), Tommy Thompson (WI), Linda McMahon (CT), Scott Brown (MA), Linda Lingle (HI), Joe Kyrillos (NJ), and of course, Mitt Romney – who outperformed most of the latter in their own states.

According to my colleague Richard Viguerie, “The Rove effort is merely the GOP establishment’s latest and hopefully last effort to keep the Republican Party a top-down Washington consultant-run organization, instead of the grassroots conservative political party it has been evolving into over the past 50 or so years.”

Of course, the best scenario would be for the Conservative Victory Project, the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth not to step on each other’s efforts to win control of the Senate and increase House majorities in 2014.

We are at the tipping point for Liberty, and we arrived here not just because Obama is a master class-warfare propagandist, but because establishment Republicans have failed to make the case for Liberty and Rule of Law, as Ronald Reagan did so well.

The last greatest hope for the future of Liberty are Tea Party reformists charging up through the Republican ranks in Washington and across the nation. If these genuine conservatives can muster sufficient numbers in the next two years, we may be able to fend off the “Obama transformation.”

I hold fast to these words from Ronald Reagan’s farewell address: “America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.”

In the interim, the current Republican excuse for leadership better find the courage to battle Obama’s agenda, until enough reinforcements arrive to defeat that agenda.

Footnote: In an interview about his new political PAC, Karl Rove attempted to ingratiate himself to conservatives by claiming he was the Director of Ronald Reagan’s 1980 Texas campaign, but the Texas Director was actually Ernie Angelo. Rove did work for the George “Voodoo Economics” Bush campaign against Reagan, until he was fired for media leaks. Rove’s own website bio lists him as serving on Governor Clements staff in 1980, and Clements did not support Reagan.

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wjm in Colorado said:

We must recognize the failure of Rove and his ilk. Stop letting the Demo enablers run the Republican Party. If Rove gets his way, then all is lost.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Redleg in M'Boro said:

Yes, everyone will roll over. The American Public refuses to vote for real representatives that follow the Constitution.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Lisa in MD replied:

I agree with you. I have really no hope for our country, we are doomed

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

partizan in Doylestown, Pa replied:

If you're a REDLEG, then you should know the time to vote is past. Are you prepared to FIGHT?

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Carl Massey in Winston-Salem said:

"Oh, what will get me re-elected? Can anyone tell me?" Not a damn thought in their heads about what is right or wrong, good or bad, of duty, or honor, or respect for their country or its past greatness. Shame on them... shame!

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Fred in Oregon said:

Time is running out for us, very fast !!

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. replied:

You haven't the foggiest idea how fast ;-)

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

partizan in Doylestown, Pa replied:

Are you waiting for the infamous "THEY" to rescue you sorry butt? It's time for action, if you are a true AMERICAN and have some GUTS!

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 3:06 PM

robert in newyork said:

we the people,who are the real government,demand ovomit who is an ineligible treasonous traitor,who lied about bengazi,and has a social security# that is a forgery,and a live birth form,which is a computor generatored layered forgery,this is treason,and we the people,demand ovomit be immediately arrested,and all politicians who allow ovomit to remain in office,are aiding and abetting a traitor,and are not upholding there oath of office,to protect and defend the connstitituion,and we the people,from all terrorists,foreign and domestic,god bless sheriff joe and cold case posse

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. replied:

You should get your Senator Chuck Schumer to initiate Impeachment proceedings ;-)

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Rick Caston in Charlotte, NC said:

It is an absolute certainty that Republicans, under the so-called leadership of establishment leaders McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor will roll over as they have done over the last four years and as recently as last month. They are spineless cowards and are incapable of standing on Republican principles. Their lack of courage to do the right thing for the American people is astounding. That is why I can not, and will not, support the Republican party in any way. Until true men of valor and courage are elected to leadership positions I will not give them another dime. And Rove should be banished from the party.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM

JtC in TX replied:

Well said, Rick, but there are so many that think voting for anyone other than their "Republican" golden boy(s) is treason. THAT's why we're stuck with The Obamanation . . .

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Tom Sirianni in Oregon City, Oregon said:

The Republican really needs to buckle down and start standing up to Obama and his socialist party democrats.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Sprinklerman in Pennsylvania said:

When did spending on Constitutionally authorized matters (Defense), become "discretionary" and non-Constitutionally authorized matters (Welfare, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid) become "mandatory"?

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. replied:

When I fundamentally redifined good as bad and bad as good.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Thumper in Campbell, Mn said:

ON TV NEWSCAST: I think the "lawman" used the best example when a woman teacher was yelling about too many guns, he said "Hopefully this would never happen in your school, but if a bad person came into your school and started shooting, what is the first thing you would do? I bet you would dial 911 and hope a good guy with a gun would come and save you! That was the end of the discussion!

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Andy in Katy, Tx said:

Its back to the core issue of the voters WANTING the Government to take care of them. The republicans can beat their chest all they want however, they have been complicit in this financial disaster. What amazed me and called the Republicans out on where they really stood was them turning on Tea Party members in their ranks. Calling them terrorists, obstructionists to name a few. When the Tea Party merely accentuated the need for responsibility and refused to budge, the ire of both parties was instant and vicious. Calling them racists, irresponsible, and out of touch. Fact is, both of the parties are out of touch and not an ounce of guts between both houses to do the right things for the right reasons and accept responsibility for this disaster.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Thumper in Mn said:

Wake up America! while you still are able to have the freedom of speech!

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. replied:

After I take away the Second Amendment, the First Amendment is the next to go.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

JtC in TX said:

"America's best days are far behind. Our proudest moments have been seen. Our most glorious achievements have come and gone."

Fixed it for you.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Pete G. in MS said:

Karl Rove has done more to destroy the Republican party than most any other single person on earth, and now the party establishment is listening to his advice ? Really?
It is like what I tell the RNC fundraisers who call our house. Those are the very people that put Obama in the White House and now you want me to PAY you for that ? Take me off your list.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Frank Weir in Houston,Texas said:

The limp-wrested, spineless Republicans had better stand up and stand their ground for once. Obama will take every advantage he can for as long as no one stands up to him. He, like all bullies will fold if the Republicans stand firm to get some meaningful reductions in the entitlement spending.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Jane Cook in Texas said:

If the Republicans are going to vote along with the Democrats we may as well vote for the Democrats. At least we know what we are going to get with them, which is everything to dismantle the Constitution.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM