House Speaker John Boehner’s plan provides some spending cuts and raises the debt ceiling enough to allow things to go on for a while but not through the next election. Those italicized words are the most important part of Boehner’s plan. The plan has been criticized for not going far enough with spending cuts, especially by Erick Erickson at Redstate.
I think there is a larger picture to see here. It’s true that Boehner’s plan is no where near a long-term solution to the Nation’s debt crisis. But how could it be? Erickson is forgetting that Barack Obama is still president and no long-term solution is remotely possible so long as he remains in office. As Mitch McConnell has said, “After years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is unattainable.”
This chart prepared by the Heritage Foundation shows just how irresponsibly radical the Democrats have been since taking control of Congress in 2006, and how Obama has doubled down with out-of-control spending since he took the oval office in 2008:
That record, taken together with the proposed budget Obama submitted to Congress a few weeks ago with sky-high deficits for another decade, and which was rejected in the Senate with 97 Senators voting against it, should be enough to convince anyone that Obama simply is never going to agree to any meaningful cuts in Federal spending.
The end game now is to keep the country solvent for a while longer and to keep the debt issue alive through the next election. Obama says he won’t accept any short-term solution. That is solely because he desperately wants to have this off the table during the 2012 election. It is the Republicans’ responsibility to not cave on that, to make sure this issue remains in the public mind during the 2012 election. That’s not merely playing politics. To the contrary, it’s the serious business of trying to save the country. This country simply can not afford another four years of the fiscal nightmare a continued Obama presidency would bring. If it’s bad now, think would it will be like in 2016 if Obama is not stopped.
To paraphrase a line from a Ronald Reagan speech in 1980: “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job; a depression is when you lose your job; and recovery is when Barack Obama loses his.”
The Boehner plan holds things together for now and prevents Obama from pulling the wool over the eyes of the voters in the 2012 election. That’s it’s main recommendation.