Boehner: Sequester Key to Path to Balance

Conservatives believe we can quickly jump-start our economy and improve the lives of millions of Americans by insisting that Washington get on a path to a balanced budget within 10 years without raising taxes.  Capitulating on the forthcoming sequestration, either by raising taxes or delaying the overall level of the sequester, would be a defeat on the path toward balance.

Today, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made clear he has no plans to kick the can down the road to fiscal ruin.  While expressing a willingness to work with Senate Democrats, Boehner made clear, “The sequester will be in effect until there are cuts and reforms that will put us on the path to balance the budget in the next 10 years, period.”

Boehner’s words deserve praise and careful inspection.  He is not talking about a mere budget, though that is a daunting task in and of itself for Senate Democrats.  Instead, Boehner is rightly demanding the policies that get America on a path to balance be in place.  The distinction is important, because without the policies in place, promises are meaningless.

To steal a cliché from President Obama, let’s get it done.

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