President Obama today announced that he is running for a second term. No surprise there.
On the same day his Attorney General Eric Holder announced that 9/11 terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be tired in front of a military tribunal in Guantanamo Prison. A remarkable turnaround from Obama’s campaign promise to close Gitmo in the first year of his administration and his announcement in 2009 that Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be tried in New York City. On this point at least, Obama has had to face the foolishness of his position and reverse himself much to the fury of left wing of his party.
Obama kicks off his reelection campaign not only on the same day as the Gitmo trial announcement, but also in the same week in which House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan unveils the Republicans’ 2012 budget. Ryan proves that he is a leader by proposing reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, reforms that are critical for these programs to survive. Republicans will soon move beyond the do-nothing President and Senate Democrats who call $60 billion in cuts for 2011 extreme. Ryan will propose trillions of cuts in federal spending, cuts proportional to the problem we have that, if enacted, will turn America back to fiscal sanity. The President, of course, as usual is unwilling to lead and wants to avoid discussion of real change in Washington.
Here is the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s spoof on Obama’s 2012 campaign:
At least, unlike the real announcement today this add shows the President.
And here is Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty’s response to Obama’s announcement:
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.
Watch Congressman Paul Ryan makes the case for the tax deal that was signed into law this week. He notes the flaws and what Republicans will have to do when they control spending starting January 4, 2011:
I am still not enthusiastic about the tax deal and think there was too much wasteful spending included, but at least Republican leaders like Paul Ryan are indicating that they will do the right things to hold the line on taxes and cut government spending in the next Congress.
President Obama gave a press conference today in which he tried to spin the election outcome as being the result of voters’ frustration with the slow economic recovery rather than a rejection of his policies. He wants to “mix and match” policies with Republicans. He said that we could make minor modifications to Obamacare. How generous.
No! There can be no compromise on principles!
Obama, Congressional Democrats and the left-wing media call for “compromise” which is code for Republicans giving up the policies they campaigned for. In 2008, when Democrats won, the media, of course, did not call on Democrats to compromise and President Obama told House Republicans when asked to consider their ideas: “We won!”
Republicans need to stand firm and recognize that the winning side is not the side that needs to make concessions. That is the role of the side that has lost the election – the Democrats.
Republicans should immediately push for keeping all the Bush tax cuts. It would be preferable for this to be addressed in the lame duck Congress, but if the Wicked Witch of the West, departing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, blocks this, it needs to be implemented retroactively in January by the new Congress. Even in the Senate there will be enough Democrats supporting an extension of the tax cuts. They just need to break Harry Reid, the villain that has returned, so that the Senate gets to vote.
Next Republican in the House should move to repeal Obamacare. Not tinker at the margin. Repeal it. It is bad policy that will increase health care costs and limit choices. If you get seriously ill, you will face de-facto death panels even if they are called something else, all disguised in nice rhetoric. And the way Obamacare was rammed through Congress by Reid and Pelosi was a perversion of the rule of law. If Senate Democrats block repeal or the President vetoes it, so be it. Republicans can still stop a lot of Obamacare by refusing to fund it and the choice for the voters in 2012 will be crystal clear.
Third, House Republicans need to cut spending. They could enact across the board cuts to bring spending back to 2007 levels when we had a deficit less than a tenth of what it is today. Sure, some items can’t easily be cut and defense cuts are, in Florida Pundit’s opinion, not desirable. But we can also start eliminating programs. Start small with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) which gained increased notoriety in October when its subsidiary, National Public Radio (NPR), fired Juan Williams and suggested that he needs a psychiatrist for expressing on Fox News how he feels when he sees people in Muslim dress on airplanes. After eliminating subsidies for CPB, we can move on to bigger fish.
Republicans must commit to banning all earmarks. Earmarks don’t account for a large percentage of spending, but they are, in the words of Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, a “gateway drug” that gets representatives hooked on all kinds of other spending.
These steps will be a good beginning. But they are only a beginning. Republicans should have the courage to tackle entitlement reform. Voters are receptive to doing this more than ever before. Without change, Social Security and Medicare will bankrupt America. Of course, we need to keep commitments made to retired Americans and those close to retirement. But there is no reason, for example, not to raise the retirement age by a couple of years. Life expectancy is a lot longer today than when Social Security was first passed in the 1930s. The goal is to preserve security for senior citizens now and in the future.
We would like to see Republicans adopt Paul Ryan’s plan for restoring America to fiscal discipline.
As Senator-elect Marco Rubio said, voters did not embrace the Republican Party. They did reject Democrats and, for lack of a realistic alternative, they have put Republicans on probation.
Now Republicans need to earn back the trust of the American people by doing what they said they would do. Republican initiatives will be blocked by Democrats in the Senate although, given the number of Democrat Senators up for re-election in 2012, it would not be surprising if a handful of Democrats in the Senate start voting with Republicans.
Obama can veto anything that reaches his desk. Fine. The choice in 2012 will be that much clearer.
If Republicans do not stick to the principles that they were elected to defend, there is a big danger a third party movement will split the opposition to Obama socialism in 2012. The result: Obama gets reelected and Democrats are back in control of Congress.
If, however, Republicans stick with their principles, we will be poised for the next big step in returning America to Constitutional government: defeat Obama in 2012 and elect a Republican majority in the Senate.
So, congratulations to all the candidates that won on Tuesday. Now get to work. Don’t forget why you were elected and realize that if you are seduced by power your tenure will be very short. If you are tempted, go talk to Congressman-elect Allen West or listen to one of his speeches. He will inspire you and recommit you to stay true to your principles!
Democrats in Congress refuse to have a vote on extending the Bush tax cuts before leaving Washington to campaign for the November 2 election. A growing number of endangered Democrats would vote with Republicans to extend the tax rates we have had for the past seven years, but, since the majority of Democrats are opposed to extending all the Bush tax cuts and since they control the agenda, they refuse to allow debate and a vote.
The result is that the uncertainty that hangs over the American economy will continue until after the election. Democrats once again prove that they will cling to their ideology rather than create the conditions for economic growth and the creation of jobs.
Congressman Mike Pence points out the irresponsibility of the Democrats’ position and calls for Congress not to adjourn until a 2011 tax hike is avoided:
Congressman Paul Ryan explains the Republican position and the two ingredients necessary for attacking record government deficits: control and cut spending and create the conditions for economic growth and new jobs. He also points out that time is running out for the IRS to define rules for 2011 and, if Congress does nothing by mid-November, unelected IRS bureaucrats will in effect make decisions on how much the American people are taxed in 2011.