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GOP Establishment Taking Spending Off the Table for 2014 Elections

Federal Spending
One of the few conservative victories in the 113th Congress, albeit a small one, was successfully holding the House leadership’s feet to the fire on maintaining the budget reductions in the “sequester.”

Maintaining the sequester reductions actually trimmed the budget deficit and held out some real hope that federal spending might be brought under control, although at a much higher level that we here at CHQ would like.

What’s more, it began the process of rebuilding the GOP’s brand as the Party of fiscal conservatives and gave Republicans a real advantage with voters who were concerned about spending.

Because Republicans in Congress constantly need reminding who actually elects them, we will point out that those fiscal conservatives were an important part of the four-part coalition that brought them back to power in 2010.

Unfortunately, it looks like the “leadership” of Capitol Hill’s Republican establishment is about to trade away even that small victory in the pursuit of a budget “deal,” as opposed to a solution to the federal government’s spending crisis.

And, even worse from a strictly partisan political perspective, spending would be off the table as a political issue going into the important 2014 congressional elections.

Multiple news outlets, including Reuters and our friends at NewsMax, are reporting that Congressional negotiators are nearing a “minimalist” budget deal that insiders admit will do almost nothing to tame rising federal debt, but will likely usher in a nearly two-year fiscal truce, minimizing the risk of future funding crises and government shutdowns.

According to establishment Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, the deal, being worked out behind closed doors we might add, would blunt some of the automatic sequester spending reductions and set funding levels at around $1 trillion for fiscal 2014 and 2015 for government agencies and programs from the military to national parks.

Tea Party and conservative movement activists have long-recognized that the real crisis hanging over the American economy, and indeed the future of our American way of life, is not whether the federal debt ceiling is raised in the next few months – it is that we are borrowing forty cents of every dollar we spend. Washington’s political elite know this can’t continue, yet neither the Republican nor the Democratic House and Senate leaders, and certainly not President Obama, have proposed a way to end this slow national suicide.

As usual, Washington’s insider elite has completely misunderstood, or more likely completely ignored what grassroots Tea Party and conservative activists were saying during in the lead-up to this year’s federal  government “slimdown.”

While the Republican Party's Capitol Hill insiders are about to make a deal to do away with the one small victory they won on spending, they are ignoring what Americans outside the Beltway really want – an end to the spending, deficit and debt that led to the need to raise the debt ceiling.

The deals floating around the smoke filled rooms of Capital Hill are intended to get politicians past the next election; none of them actually solves the real crisis. Capitol Hill Republican establishment leaders are making a major blunder if they think Tea Party and grassroots conservative activists don’t understand the difference between a deal to get them past the next election and a solution to the spending crisis.

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40% + 15 to 22 in federal taxes ain't so bad if we did not have to pay for our businesses. The smart thing to do is to start moonshine stills. I know it is illegal, but if you have a good mechanic in your town and the right vehicle, you can really save on gas.

American national interest should not mirror Likud

During the last widespread coalition war ("Desert Storm") in "the region", reality demonstrated that military assistance from Israel was not considered useful.

Now let's look at the contrast of our Gulf "allies" (Israel and Saudi Arabia)and our current Iran negotiations for peaceful avenues(that hopefully restore free market solutions.
[jj Comment: Paul Pillar's commentary on Iran Pres. Hassan Rouhani's recent diplomatic overtures stands on its own. Brief prefatory "Background Points" are provided (with links) that support the credibility of the long acknowledged need for nuclear power reactors in Iran. Also, the comparative difference between the radical Salafism of the Saudis compared to Shi'a Iran.

Timeline of Iran's Nuclear Activities | The Iran Prime
1957 US Iran nuclear cooperation agreement; 1967 US provides Tehran research reactor; 1968 Iran signs NPT; 1974 Iran signs IAEA verification safeguards agreement; 1975 Ford Administration (negotiators Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz) expresses support for nuclear power electricity to replace depleting oil reserves: 1976 Pres. Ford memorandum provides support and assistance for Iran plan to build 23 nuclear power reactors

(Huge crowds attended) Candlelight vigils were held throughout Iran (including 10,000 in Tehran's Mahdar Square, and 60,000 spectators observed a minute's silence at Tehran football stadium) and professions of sorrow and sympathy for the United States citizens who lost family and friends were ubiquitous. This was even more impressive when one notes that these were not government organized events, but were the spontaneous outpouring of Iranian citizens. On an official level, many Iranian religious leaders condemned the attacks, despite their differences with the United States administration. It was also noteworthy that no Iranian was involved in any way with the 9/11 attacks.

The Saudi royal family and its partner, the puritanical Wahhabi-Salafi religious establishment, have for decades spent billions of petrodollars proselytizing and sending Saudi-trained imams across the globe. Though there is ever more reason to see Salafism as a belief system that can give rise to radicalism and jihadism, Saudi clerics continue to export their ideology to young people. (jj Note: 9/11 terrorist group had 15 Saudis; 2 UAE; 1 Egyptian; & 1 Lebanese)

Fast forward to today, a realist would point out that the not so subtle insult of our presidency by Likud spokespersons and their mouthpieces will do little for Anerican interests other than continue to provide lobby money for Democratic Party interests.