By Bryan Fischer
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John Boehner is being played right now by President Obama. He’s dancing on an empty stage, while the president pulls his strings above the curtain.
The House, under Boehner’s leadership, has passed Cut, Cap and Balance. The Senate has tabled it, which means it’s still over there, sitting on the shelf. The Senate has not debated it or voted on it. There is no reason for the House GOP to do a single, solitary thing until the Senate does its job and deals with CCB.
Speaker Boehner should do precisely nothing, absolutely nothing, until the Senate debates and votes on the merits of Cut, Cap and Balance. The House has done its work. It’s now the Senate and Harry Reid’s turn.
A CNN poll - which was so bad for the network’s agenda CNN didn’t even report it - indicates that 66% of the American people support Cut, Cap and Balance, and 74% of them support a Balanced Budget Amendment. The Speaker ought to tell the Senate and the President what Chris Christie told the Democrats in New Jersey in their budget showdown: I’ve done my job. When you’re ready to do yours, give me a call. Meanwhile, I’ll be watching the Mets with pizza and beer.
By continuing to try to cobble together a Plan B or a Plan C or a Plan Z, Boehner is letting Obama make him do all the work, work that is destined to fail. Harry Reid has already said the Boehner plan is “dead on arrival” and repeated no less than three times that the Senate will not vote for it.
And since it doesn’t raise taxes, the president has publicly pledged to veto it anyway. Boehner is just wasting his time, exhausting himself for no reason.
He’s turning into a hamster who wears himself out on a wheel when there’s not even any cheese as a reward no matter how many RPMs he generates. He’s making no forward progress and will only wind up emptier and hungrier than when he started.
Any plan he comes up with at this point would represent a betrayal of the principles advanced by his own conference in Cut, Cap and Balance, which is why he is getting such blowback from the Tea Party freshmen in the House.
The president whines about the need for compromise. But Cut, Cap and Balance already contains a monstrous compromise: it raises the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion, just like the president has been demanding. In other words, the Republicans have already done all the compromising they need to do.
And a monstrous compromise it is. I’m with those who are in favor of simply refusing to raise the debt ceiling at all. The president endlessly bloviates about the need for government to “live within its means.” Well, here’s a chance to do it, starting August 2.
In point of fact, the Republicans don’t need to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment at all to balance the federal budget. All they need to do is refuse to increase the Treasury’s authority to borrow, and presto, change-o, we have a balanced budget by the close of business August 2.
The credit rating agencies who have already downgraded U.S. creditworthiness have made it clear that the downgrade is all about the debt and has nothing to do with the debt ceiling. The problem is America’s unsustainable debt and the lack of a plan to do anything about it.
Raising the debt ceiling, of course, will only make the problem worse and will in fact virtually assure an across the board downgrade in our credit rating. The only reason I support CCB is that although it does raise the debt ceiling, it will put us on a glide path to fiscal responsibility by cutting and capping spending and giving the states an opportunity to tell Washington to do what 49 of them are required to do by law or state constitution, which is balance the budget.
Mr. Speaker, quit flailing around. You’ve done your job. Chill out and don’t make a move until the Senate does its job.
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