Constitution

Today, President Obama demonstrated again that he is not serious about defending America against the biggest threat to our future: runaway government spending. He proposed a budget with a record $1.65 trillion deficit for 2012. No surprise there.

Republican House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan has offered an appropriate response about Obama “punting” on the budget crisis:

But let’s look a little deeper into the Republicans’ action on spending because we have been disappointed before. Last year, Republicans published a pledge to cut discretionary spending to 2008 levels, i.e. before the financial meltdown, TARP, the bailouts, etc. They promised that they would save at least $100 billion.

Over the past week, Republicans have stumbled in keeping that pledge when it comes to spending for the rest of the year. Rather than reducing discretionary spending to 2008 levels, they proposed initially to cut much less not from current spending, but from Obama’s proposed 2011 budget which was never passed. They have since increased the amount, but they still have failed to keep their promise to go back to 2008 levels. Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt has covered this issue extensively on his show and on his blog.

Some Republican like John Campbell of California are trying to fix this issue in amendments that will be voted on later this week. See Hugh Hewitt’s “The Pledge-Keepers”: Congressman John Campbell’s Two Budget Amendments.

We hope that the Republican representatives elected with Tea Party support will support Congressman Campbell’s amendments and reject the position of Republicans that have been compromised by Washington’s culture of spending and still don’t get why we sent eighty-seven new Republicans to Congress in November.

Beyond this current test of Republican resolve, Republican will need to take the lead in having what Paul Ryan calls an “adult conversation” with the American people about the long-term spending on so-called non-discretionary items including Social Security and Medicare. No one advocates any cuts for current recipients and those who are close to retirement. But why do we have to wait decades to raise the retirement age? People today live longer and healthier lives. For example, what’s wrong with raising the retirement age to 70 for everyone under the age of 50 today? Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America’s Future isn’t this aggressive on the retirement age, but it outlines a plan to return America to fiscal sanity avoiding the fate of Greece.

Opinion polls show that most Americans are still in denial about the need for spending cuts. A recent poll shows that most Americans have no idea that we cannot balance the budget without cutting more than foreign aid:

What Republicans need to realize is that the Tea Party movement recognizes the need for across-the-board spending cuts and Americans are more ready than ever for an adult conversation on this topic. The polls reflect a lack of understanding of what makes up our deficit. This is the time for Republicans to inform and educate the public about what needs to be done to achieve what the vast of Americans agrees is necessary in principle.

Americans who want us to return to constitutional limited government have a responsibility to understand that this is our last chance to avoid a financial catastrophe and that this will require not just cuts, but elimination of entire programs. Republicans have an unprecedented opportunity to lead, inform and educate people. If they fail to do so, they will lose support of the Tea Party movement in 2012 and we will most like be faced with a ruinous second term for President Obama.

In leading and being frank about the issue, Republicans take the risk that not enough people will understand the message and will reject them in favor of the Democrats’ fairy tales about a government that caters to everyone. That is a risk worth taking. If they succeed, they will be responsible for what Allen West recently called a “new dawn for America” and they will be the trusted majority party for a generation. If they honestly and effectively advocate limited constitutional government and a majority of Americans reject their message, then they will at least have offered American a final chance to keep the principles the United States was founded on.

If we do nothing to change the current state, a decline of America is inevitable. The American people today face a huge responsibility in prevent this decline. But America needs leaders that can show the way to a new dawn with confidence. Republican must not shrink from the task ahead when they face inevitable lies that they will “hurt the poor” or that they will “cut your Social Security.” Everyone benefits when individual initiative is valued and the government stays out of our lives except where it is absolutely needed. When America prospers, we can be generous with those in need. Will Republican leaders have the backbone to stand up to the demagogues of the Left or will they revert once again to caving to the demands of the Left in the media and the Democrat Party?

Watch what happens and contact your representatives and senators in the coming weeks and months and urge them to stand firm in support of constitutional effective and efficient government and in keeping American free.

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South Florida Congressman Allen West gave the keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday. West predicted “a new dawn in America” if we stick with the the “three pillars of conservatism:” 1) effective and efficient constitutional government, 2) keeping peace through strength and 3) defending American values.

Support for these conservative principles elected eighty-seven new Republican Congressmen last November. West’s speech gave a different and more complete vision of conservatism than Rep. Ron Paul, the winner of the CPAC presidential straw poll. His message was received with standing ovations by the CPAC audience. Watch Rep. West’s inspiring speech:

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Senator Rand Paul gave his first speech on the floor of the Senate addressing the constant call by the media and liberals for Tea Party candidates to compromise. He starts with a discussion of his famous predecessor from Kentucky, Henry Clay, whose career centered around compromises on slavery. Paul rejects Henry Clay’s type of compromise. He also gives examples of what type of compromise he is willing to consider: he will not compromise by agreeing to tax increases combined with spending cuts to reduce our deficit. But he is willing to compromise on where to cut spending.

Senator Paul’s speech should be required viewing for any weak-spined Republicans who are inclined to cave on principles in order to get along with the media and the Left. If they know what they stand for, they will know when to stick to their principles and when some give-and-take on how we implement these principles is acceptable.

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Judge Roger Vinson

After federal Judge Roger Vinson declared Obamacare unconstitutional on Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced that Florida will not waste any more time and money on further implementing any parts of Obamacare. Good for Florida.

Meanwhile the Obama administration is planning to continue implementing the law in direct violation of the judge’s order. Imagine the media outrage if George Bush had ignored a federal court ruling.

Judge Vinson chose to use the original tea party to illustrate the absurdity of claiming that our constitution grants the government the right to force people to buy health insurance:

It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place. If Congress can penalize a passive individual for failing to engage in commerce, the enumeration of powers in the Constitution would have been in vain for it would be “difficult to perceive any limitation on federal power” [Lopez, supra, 514 U.S. at 564], and we would have a Constitution in name only. Surely this is not what the Founding Fathers could have intended.

The full text of the ruling can be found here.

The judge also referred to a Reason TV debate between conservative law professor John Eastman and liberal professor Erwin Chemerinsky on the individual mandate and the Commerce Clause. Watch “Wheat, Weed and Obamacare” to understand why a federal ruling finally putting a limit on what Congress can do under the Commerce Clause is so important if we want to preserve any limits on the power of the federal government. It is well worth investing ten minutes to watch this debate:

Judge Vinson’s ruling will eventually go to the Supreme Court possibly in 2012 just before the election. It is likely that a 5-4 majority will either uphold or overturn this ruling. Let’s hope that Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote on the Court, sides with Judge Vinson and the Constitution.

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We did not see much coverage of Rep. Paul Ryan’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech last week in the mainstream media. The lack of coverage is a good indication that the Left in the media is afraid of the effectiveness of Ryan’s comments.

As Republicans in Congress move forward with cutting government spending, it is good to listen to Ryan’s speech again. Paul Ryan is the House Budget Chairman and will be driving how aggressively Republicans will reduce spending. He is also one of the most effective speakers explaining the current situation and what to do about it.

Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well. It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.

The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power.

Whether sold as “stimulus” or repackaged as “investment,” their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.

And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten — along with record deficits and debt — to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit.

We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.

Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

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