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Spending Vote a Litmus Test for Conservatives

Paul Ryans Budget Proposal Stinks
Through the impending vote on the year-end spending deal Republicans on Capitol Hill are about to hand grassroots conservative activists and Tea Party movement supporters a list of targets for next year’s Republican primary elections.

Make no mistake about it – for conservatives, a vote against the Paul Ryan negotiated spending deal is a make or break vote even more important than the vote on whether or not fund ObamaCare.

Conservatives should not forget that with the support of Paul Ryan, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Budget Control Act of 2011 was passed over the objections of many fiscal conservatives who preferred the Cut, Cap and Balance approach. 

These are the same guys who now want to go back on the deal they made – indeed forced upon conservatives – back in 2011.

Conservatives preferred Cut, Cap and Balance because it would be harder to change or walk away from and we said then that the Capitol Hill establishment of both Parties would never stick to its word on the spending reductions mandated by the bill’s “sequestration” provision.

Why is a “NO” vote so important?

It is important because it will prove whether or not individual Members of Congress will honor the promise they made to the American people in 2011 that, in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, they would support meaningful measures to shrink the deficit spending that is killing this country.

And it will also show which Republicans are willing to participate in the culture of lies that enables the current disastrous state of American governance.

As Newt Gingrich observed to our friends at NewsMax, “You could tell how bad a deal it was when no one could describe it honestly."

“The budget deal has tax increases that can't be called tax increases or no Republican could vote for them, so they are simply described in misleading language. But if you fly, you will pay a higher tax no matter what the politicians call it.

“The sequester is broken, and spending will go up.

“Because no Republican can vote for spending increases, there had to be offsetting out-year cuts. Of course, the immediate spending increases will be real and the out-year cuts will never happen.

“It is sad that no one can tell the truth in plain language.”

Defending the spending reductions mandated by the sequestration provision against the attacks of President Obama and his big government allies in both political Parties, became one of the few conservative victories of the 113th Congress.

Today, that victory is in jeopardy from attacks by the same big government establishment Republicans that sold it back in 2011 as a more “realistic” alternative to Cut, Cap and Balance.

“Nobody should be surprised” that a potential budget deal would ease the sequester cuts, NRO’s Andrew Stiles reports a GOP aide saying. “That was always the intention, and everyone involved knew that going in.” 

Nobody, that is, except the average American taxpayer who looked to House Republicans, and especially to Paul Ryan, to hold the line on spending.

Don’t be fooled by the establishment Republican protestations that spending is “paid for.” As Newt Gingrich pointed out, it is paid for mostly with blue smoke and mirrors fee and tax increases far off in the future that can, and likely will be, repealed or changed in a future spending deal.

Speaker Boehner protested that “this is ridiculous” when conservatives objected to breaking the spending reductions in the Budget Control Act of 2011.

No Mr. Speaker, what is ridiculous is how you establishment Republicans never seem to learn that principles matter to voters. 

The last time Capitol Hill Republicans abandoned the core conservative principle of fiscal restraint the voters threw them out in the elections of 2006 and 2008. For those who vote in favor of the Ryan – Murray spending deal the election of 2014 promises more of the same, with the twist that this time we won’t wait for the General Election. Conservatives will look at the roll call on the spending deal and start recruiting candidates to file challenges to every Republican House member who supports it.

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Entitlements and the DOD are

Entitlements and the DOD are where the spending $ are. Those are, therefore, the sites of reform and fiscal responsibility.

Sequestration on discretionary funding cuts the GDP in half and reduces pro-business infrastructure.

Neither party is macroeconomic savvy.

Well, yes and no ...

GOP Senators, in fact I believe McConnell has already come out against it, can vote "NO" to save face, because they know it will pass the Senate anyway without any GOP votes.

That's how they play the game.

Sorry to be so cynical.