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Massively Indebted, Budgetless Government Decides To Let The Taxes Ride With The Spending

Posted on | August 2, 2012 | 17 Comments

by Smitty

I’m not asking to have my taxes raised, or to watch the stake go through the heart of the economy. But Congress just kicked the fiscal can down the road again:

Yet, in a sign that Wednesday’s vote was more about message than substance, the House made no move to launch a formal House-Senate conference committee to resolve the differences between the bills, and there is little expectation that serious negotiations will take place before the election. The rates expire at the end of the year.

I don’t know how many senior GOP heads read this blog, but the message had better get through:

If the GOP holds Congress in January, the junk has got to stop.

If there is any GOP control, it shall have been a result of the Tea Parties. And if I have any feel at all for the pulse of the Tea Parties through blogging, &c, the Tea Parties are going to slice like a hammer on the GOP if the Ruling Class, beltway shenanigans continue. All the weight of the derision currently poured on #OccupyResoluteDesk and the rest in the blogs, on Twitter, at protests, and so forth is going to get trained on the GOP if there is not a total come-to-Beavis moment for the GOP. The GOP shall have played a populist fiddle to be returned to power. Said fiddle shall make a most ‘unexpected’ suppository if the people don’t see, as a going-in position:

  • Significant federal government agency amputations, and corresponding budget cuts. Two words: enumerated powers.
  • A budget.
  • A tax code that doesn’t make the complexity of the theory behind the Higgs Boson look like a haiku by comparison.
  • An admission that the entitlements really are only exceeded in sheer fantasy by the Global Warming crap, but not by much. Dust off the Bush reform plan for Social Security, and make it happen.
  • An amnesty plan for the Federal Reserve staff, followed by a thorough air-clearing. Let the thieves retain their lives, in exchange for the truth about what a wretched failure the Federal Reserve is. Then some sane reform.
  • In general, an honest, sober take on government.

It took a century to dig this hole, and there is no reasonable way out within a Congress; a Presidential term; a decade. But you guys are on notice that if we’re not at least on a different course, pronto, you’re toast.

Update: more at Reason via Insty.

Update II: linked at WyBlog.

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Comments

  • Mortimer Snerd

    Repubs controlled BOTH houses during the 104th through 109th Congresses (94-06).  For the last 6 years of that period, they had the Presidency as well.  Remember how well they cut spending and reduced the size of government?  Oh, wait….

  • Adobe_Walls

    When Bush got to Washington the GOP entered it’s Caligula period. Another voyage of debauchery will not be tolerated if only because it will lead to catastrophic collapse.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    That is because he believed the BS being fed to him by Rove.  And you are absolutely correct AW.  

  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    Bush tried to do something, anything, about Social Security after the 2004 election, but lacked a Tea Party to cover his six, which got shot off.

  • Mortimer Snerd

    After the 2004 election, Republicans had a majority of 231 in the House and 55 in the Senate.

  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    You underscore my point. The Left counterattacked vigorously, and what occurred in 2006?
    The GOP was feckless without a Tea Party backbone.

  • Tennwriter

    If Romney wins, the RNC and Establishment will feel vindicated in their strategy of kick the Tea Party in the nose.  Why, oh, why do you think they are going to listen to you after they have the power?

  • SDN

     Remember how Porkbusters and other forerunners to the Tea Party movement called them on it, Morty?

    And you’re making the typical mistake of confusing conservatives with Republicans. We’re going to skin the Republican party and make it into a cape. The head and heart under the cape will be conservative.

  • Tennwriter

    And no, I’m not saying they will be as bad as Obama and Reid.  I’m just saying they will still be evil, if less so,  and laugh in our faces when we chastise them for it.  And we deserve it.

  • SDN

     55 Republicans, or 55 conservatives?

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  • Mortimer Snerd

    I’m very much aware of the difference between conservatives and Republicans.  That was the whole point of my post.

    Good luck with that skinning stuff :>)

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  • http://2012.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

    Yep. From the looks of things that elephant’s skin is thinner than the pastrami at a good deli.

  • SDN

     Because we’ll have enough conservatives like Cruz (hopefully) to make them listen. Or at least slow them down.

    And we’ll see who’s laughing.

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  • Adobe_Walls

    But that doesn’t excuse creating Homeland Security, No Child left behind, the prescription drug benefit, squandering money on green energy to combat global warming, supporting immigration reform without first securing the border etc, etc.  Face it dubya was one of them.