Thursday night conservatives were jubilant when establishment Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner postponed consideration of his “Plan B’ bill to raise taxes when it appeared enough conservatives were prepared to stick to their principles, defy his threats of retaliation, and defeat the bill.
This is cause for optimism, but it doesn’t mean we’ve won the war.
First, we predict the Speaker and his establishment Republican leadership team will not be idle over the Christmas break. Any conservative who indicated he or she was opposed to Plan B can expect to have their arm twisted by everyone who would like the federal Santa Claus to keep spending.
For most conservatives, politics is not a fulltime occupation. Like Cincinnatus returning to his plow after saving Rome, once a battle like defeating Plan B is won, conservatives want to go back to their businesses, churches and families – not so Washington’s insiders. Keeping the federal gravy train going is what they do all day, every day.
If we want Plan B to stay defeated, we must take a minute between now and Christmas to thank those who stood against it, and remind those who might have backed it that we conservatives are watching and their vote for higher taxes and more spending won’t go unnoticed come primary election time.
Second, as long as John Boehner and the establishment Republicans who back him are running the show in the House, conservatives are going to have to play defense against the Democrats and the bad ideas of their own House GOP leadership.
Here’s Speaker Boehner’s record on spending:
Federal Spending Speaker of the House
2007 Total Outlays = $2,728,686 (Pelosi)
2008 Total Outlays = $2,982,544 (Pelosi)
2009 Total Outlays = $3,517,677 (Pelosi)
2010 Total Outlays = $3,456,213 (Pelosi)
2011 Total Outlays = $3,603,061 (Boehner)
2012 Total Outlays = $3,795,547 (Boehner) estimate
2013 Total Outlays = $3,803,364 (Boehner) estimate
Since John Boehner became Speaker there have been deficits of a trillion dollars or more every year and spending has not gone down a penny. Indeed, it continues to climb at a staggering rate despite Democrat gnashing of teeth over the sham cuts to social programs and Republican lies about historic reductions in spending.
The only way we conservatives are going to go over from defense to offense in Congress to advance the conservative agenda, let alone change the trajectory of spending, is to get a new Speaker – one who will actually fight for the conservative principles that Republicans keep touting during campaigns, but have failed to deliver on since Boehner became the leader of Republicans in the House.
A strong coalition of principled conservatives came together to oppose Plan B, you can read their letter to Capitol Hill Republicans and the list of signers through this link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/39342927/Weyrich%20Lunch%20Letter%20to%20GOP%20House%20and%20Senate.pdf
Now it is time for us to take the next step and mount a real campaign to replace Boehner.
American Majority Action President and CEO, Ned Ryun, has called for GOP members to fire John Boehner as Speaker -- and we are 100% in agreement with what Ryun said when he called for the election of a new, conservative, Speaker.
“Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” said Ryun. “Boehner has never won a negation battle with the White House or Senate – and he’s been nothing short of an embarrassing spokesman for the Conservative Movement. It’s time for him to go.”
I know you don’t need another “to-do” added to your pre-holiday list, but here’s one thing that is just too important to postpone until after the New Year: call your Representative (the Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121) to thank him or her for defeating Plan B and ask them to fire Speaker Boehner and vote for a principled small government constitutional conservative to replace him.