A Path to Balance is the Only Path to Victory
Washington is already starting to freak out about the upcoming debt ceiling debate. And it appears that reconciling lawmakers’ ideas from both sides of the aisle is already considered an insurmountable hurdle.
So as we approach the debt ceiling fight, how are lawmakers to obtain a victorious outcome – an outcome that serves the American people well and helps the economy? We’re sure to see lots of whining and histrionics from D.C.
And Congress may end up in a “stalemate” because liberal and conservative principles are like oil and water. But what does this mean for conservatives? How do we define victory? Should conservative lawmakers roll over and sully their principles so that an “agreement” can be reached?
Unfortunately, all too often Washington-style agreement means that we continue to accelerate toward our nation’s fiscal destruction, and consequently the destruction of all else we hold dear.
The White House is apparently also “downbeat” about reaching a deal. Former President Clinton said that all Barack Obama can do is keep making his proposals and “keep playing golf with Republicans.”
Golfing with Republicans is anything but helpful, but on the bright side, if the President is golfing, that means that he not at his desk signing awful pieces of legislation into law. Obama’s top economic adviser, Gene Sperling, has already made clear that the President is unwilling to negotiate on the debt limit.
But in truth, conservatives and the ideas conservatives bring to the table are the only real solutions to our financial problems. Chumming it up with one of the most liberal politicians in the United States, whose policies have contributed in astonishing ways to our debt and who is one of the staunchest progressives to ever occupy the White House, certainly won’t make Republicans stronger conservatives.
Real conservatives must stand by their principles and must abide by them in any debt ceiling deal.
Our CEO Mike Needham has called on Congress to get on a 10-year path to balance and stay balanced:
Conservatives should not raise our nation’s statutory debt limit unless Congress passes and the President signs into law real reforms and immediate spending reductions that place America on a path to balance within 10 years without raising taxes and keeping the budget in balance.
The Heritage Foundation also recommends that the debt limit and tax reform, both important issues, must be considered separately. They explain:
The debt limit debate is precipitated by ongoing massive deficit spending and the calendar. Tax reform, meanwhile, is precipitated by the need to compensate for President Obama’s economic policies’ failure to launch a robust recovery and to correct a tax system increasingly inconsistent with the dictates of a globally competitive economy.
Politicians’ hysterics won’t really help anything because Washington is in dire need of principled politicians who don’t second guess themselves or their principles. Our country needs politicians who don’t forget why they were sent to Washington, and that is as true of the debt limit debate as it is of any other policy battle.