President Barack Obama gave a speech on Monday July 11, 2011 determined to make the GOP cave to his demands of tax increases. According to the Associated Press:
President Barack Obama declared on Monday there would be no deal on raising the government’s debt limit if Republicans won’t compromise, and he said he would not sign a short-term extension — raising the stakes on volatile negotiations with the clock ticking toward an Aug. 2 deadline.
“I don’t see a path to a deal if they don’t budge. Period,” the president said in a challenge to his political opponents, accusing Republicans of having a “my way or the highway” posture.
Republicans need to call his bluff. I already made my feelings known about how ridiculous the Republican Party is in their attempt to skirt cutting the deficit. $2 trillion over ten years is not a spending cut in any way. In light of this, if this is all they are going to go for then they need to call President Barack Obama’s bluff.
President Obama is in no position to demand anything. He got lucky in 2010. He won’t be so lucky in 2012.
This is what I propose. Tackle the budget in a way that actually produces meaningful spending cuts. That’s what we want and that’s what we need. Get back to that $4 trillion in spending cuts, Speaker John Boehner. Put it back on the table and leave it there. To back away from it shows how little back-bone you have. $4 trillion in spending cuts is not enough to produce meaningful reductions, but it is a meaningful start.
I know, President Obama is demanding over $1 trillion in tax increases with the $4 trillion budget, but do not give in to those tax increases. Tell him he has one option which is $4 trillion in cuts and no tax increases. You Republicans need to draft and pass that $4 trillion spending cut bill, let the American people know you did by blasting the internet, tv, and all avenues you can with that very fact. Next, you need to send it to the President and dare him to veto it. Call his bluff. We want that. Make this thing his fault.
If President Obama does not veto the bill then we win and your political leverage just got better to introduce more spending cuts. Yes, that’s right, we want even more.
If Mr. President does veto it then we win. You let everyone know that Republicans in Congress were able to work together to get a budget deal done to save America from a default and the President of United States cares more about his tax and spend policies than he does America’s future. You utilize every avenue possible to remind everyone who it was who caused a default. Let us know you heard our pleas for a reduced government and smaller burden on future generations.
Lastly, it may be the Democrats who won’t let any sort of bill pass the Senate. If that’s the case then they are finished in 2012. We voted the Republicans in to Congress in 2010 to reduce the spending in meaningful ways. We will remember your efforts. We will also remember those who vote against it. Remind us of that Grand Old Party. It’s the Grand that we long for.