So it’s a trap. If the Democrats want a fight on the budget, fine. The less important point is that the Republican party has decided to actually say the dread phrase “entitlement reforms” – which is something that most of the people reading this have almost given up hope to ever hear them do. The more important point is that this is the right thing to do.
Two thoughts, to finish this off:
- If you’re one of those types who will spend the next five hours poring through Republican statements looking for the one sub-clause of a minor codicil of a impromptu utterance that might be taken as being slightly inconsistent with the elaborate fantasy edifice of “100% True Conservatism” that exists in your head, in order to proclaim utter betrayal with a side order of bitter satisfaction… sit down. Shut up. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake; you are not helping; and we never counted on your support in the first place. And if you’re offended by that? Excellent, especially if it makes you flounce off in a huff.
- If, on the other hand, you’re one of those types who will happily encourage the Democrats to engage in a strategy that you know is bad just because you think that it’ll help them/you win the next election… well, first off: I’m not your priest, but you may want to consult one, because that’s an excellent way to go to Hell*. Second, contemplate this: let’s say you’re right. Let’s say that doing the right thing here will hurt the Republicans. And let’s say that we know this, and we decide to do it anyway. Here’s the question: If we’re going to lose anyway, what’s stopping us from going completely for broke? If the GOP will be demagogued into losing the House for daring to call for reforming Social Security anyway, why should we not eviscerate HUD or HHS in the process? If we’ll be spanked for making efforts to fix Medicare, why on earth shouldn’t we also fix Labor and Energy, and by ‘fix’ I mean ‘zero out their budgets and turn off their HVAC?’ As the saying goes, typically you can only hang a man once. And the one useful thing about being doomed is that it allows you to concentrate on essentials.
Have a nice day!
*That’s the funny thing about Hell; your opinion (and mine, to be sure) on whether you should or should not be there is usually the last one solicited. If at all.