If there’s anything that the American people are pissed about, it’s the rate at which the federal government spends money. That’s why Republicans should be thanking their lucky stars for the upcoming deadline for the CR.

This isn’t something that should be dreaded. Why wouldn’t we want to pick this fight? If the Senate insists that they won’t go along with deep spending cuts, then we should have Paul Ryan on every Sunday morning show and have him holding daily press conferences, talking about the virtues of cutting spending.

Karl Rove and Dick Morris agree that we should fight this fight to the end. Here’s Rove’s take:

President Obama’s 2012 budget is not a serious governing document. It’s a political one, designed to boost his re-election chances.

By repeatedly saying that his budget reduces the deficit by $1 trillion over 10 years, he hopes the numbers make him sound fiscally conservative. But he puts off 95% of the deficit reduction until after his term ends in 2013. And he assumes that economic growth in the next few years will be at least 25% higher than credible economic forecasters estimate.

Mr. Obama’s budget includes $1.6 trillion in tax increases that are real enough—but most of the spending cuts are not. For example, as Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman pointed out to me, the administration projects war costs for Iraq and Afghanistan at surge levels for the next decade, and then conjures up about $1.3 trillion in defense savings by assuming drawdowns in each theater—drawdowns that were already in the cards. Outside of this sham transaction, according to Mr. Ryan, there are only $104 billion in real spending cuts over the next 10 years.

This is why Paul Ryan must be the Republican face of this fight. The Obama administration’s con game is being exposed, thanks to Chairman Ryan’s work. Why would the administration argue that drawdowns that are already scheduled should count as budget savings? This is insulting.

Here’s a key portion of Morris’ post:

The Republican leadership needs to make a bold statement and send Obama a bill that sticks in his big-spending throat. If the Senate won’t pass it or the president threatens a veto, even better. Obama’s approval ratings, recently rising to 51% from 41% in the past two months according to the FoxNews poll will fall back down again, and lower, if he gets into a fight against cutting government spending. The Republicans in the House will have called his bluff about moving to the center and will force the kind of fiscal belt-tightening they heralded during the campaign.

And if the government has to operate in a state of crisis, with continuing resolutions keeping it funded day after day, so much the better! It will call attention to how intractable the Democrats are in resisting any cut in spending.

President Obama isn’t moving to the center. When Clinton moved (relatively) to the center, he supported the death penalty; he “ended welfare as we know it”; he balanced the budget. President Obama’s ‘move to the center’ has been saying that he’d consider other people’s good ideas for health care reform.

Mind you, he didn’t say he’d say that he’d agree with anything beyond the most minimal change in provisions. He said he’d consider other people’s ideas. How noble of him.

This isn’t a fight the Republicans should shy away from. This is a fight they should run towards, provided they put their best people at the front. That means putting Paul Ryan, Dave Camp, Mike Pence, Thad McCotter and Jeb Hensarling at the front to argue the Republicans’ case.

If they do that, they’ll win this fight and the 2012 election. It’s just that simple.

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4 Responses to “Spending Battle a Fight We Should Have”

  • eric z. says:

    I seriously doubt that Ron Paul would have a thing to do with either Rove or Morris. I think he’ll select better people.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Ron Paul might run but he’s irrelevant. Rove’s & Morris’ analysis is spot on. The DFL in St. Paul & Democrats in DC think things haven’t changed, that they can continue with their ways. I look forward to seeing these idiots get roasted in Nov., 2012.

  • Just wanted to say that I am working at a big biotherapeutic corporation in Clayton NC and I endroce Barack Obama with all my being. I would love for all my friends and colleagues to vote for Obama in 2012!! I LOVE YOU OBAMA

  • Gary Gross says:

    Diana, It’ll be a joy when he’s defeated that first Tuesday in November, 2012. I’d love knowing what you think he’s done right. The Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional & doesn’t lower costs. The stimulus failed if you weren’t part of a government union.

    He’s alienated our allies around the world. He’s attempted to befriend the most evil regimes in the world.

    He’s refused to let American energy companies access our nation’s energy supplies at a time when gas is skyrocketing. Meanwhile, unemployment is north of 12% if you include the people who’ve quit looking for work.

    I’m 55 & I’ve never seen a more incompetent president & administration.

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