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Since his re-election, President Obama has acted more like an emporor than a president. He’s clearly in his my-way-or-the-highway mode. He’s the only president in US history to run up a $1,000,000,000,000 annual deficit. In fact, he’s on track for his fifth straight trillion dollar deficit.

Yesterday, President Obama said “You don’t go out to dinner and then…eat all you want and then leave without paying the check.” In his column, Ed Morrissey highlights the fact that President Obama’s Democrats aren’t paying the bill, either:

A debt ceiling, after all, only allows the federal government to spend money already allocated by Congress. Obama made this point repeatedly on Monday, offering a restaurant analogy to claim that he’s only being fiscally responsible by insisting on a clean debt-ceiling increase. “You don’t go out to dinner and then, you know, eat all you want and then leave without paying the check,” Obama lectured NBC’s Chuck Todd. “And if you do, you’re breaking the law.” The only problem with that analogy is that we’re not paying our bills; we’re adding to the running tab and borrowing 40 cents on the dollar to make it look like we’re covering our obligations.

It’s disrespectful of the American people to say that America’s paying its bills when it’s running trillion dollar deficits. President Bush’s last budget was for $3.1 trillion. Last year, the federal government spent $3.8 trillion. That’s a 30% increase in spending.

It’s time to take spending back down to 2007 or 2008 levels. We can’t afford to spend at the pace we’re currently spending at. President Obama won’t tolerate that type of spending cut. He’ll throw a hissy fit.

Whatever.

He’ll insist on negotiating with Speaker Boehner on a new CR. Speaker Boehner should continually insist on the Senate passing a budget, then ironing things out in a conference committee. Then he should repeat the same message day after day after day until President Obama caves.

Republicans will take a short-term PR hit as a result. Whatever. Their ratings are lower than root canals and cockroaches already. It’s time to highlight the fact that Democrats don’t care about spending the taxpayers’ money responsibly.

It’s time to demand that President Obama and the Democrats to justify current spending levels. President Obama is long on demonization, short on reality. What’s worst is that he knows it. President Obama strongly hinted that Republicans didn’t care about the elderly and disadvantaged children, which he knows is BS.

It’s time for him to show that there isn’t massive amounts of waste in the HHS budget. Ditto with the Commerce Department. Ditto with the Energy and Education departments. Better still would be to force this administration and the Democratic Senate refute the GAO reports on duplication, fraud and waste.

In short, it’s time for the GOP to take the gloves off and start taking the fight to the Democrats.

Finally, Republicans can highlight the fact that they compromised on taxes and the debt ceiling, then demand that President Obama is the one who won’t compromise on real spending cuts that are badly needed.

Good luck winning that fight, Mr. President.

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3 Responses to “Let’s shut government down”

  • J. Ewing says:

    I’ve suggested that Republicans pass an austerity budget and tie it right in the bill to a debt ceiling increase of no more than required for this year’s budget. The only way one piece moves is if they both move. If the debt limit is an emergency, then the budget document is an emergency and the Senate needs to get on the stick.

  • Joseph says:

    Excellent article Gary. Going back to 2008 levels would be a good start. Every budge year after that should go back 4 or 5 years spending levels until the budget balances.

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