This week the Tea
Party Nation founder Judson Phillips sent a message to House
Speaker John Boehner to either make promised cuts to our massive
federal budget or find himself cut out of the pack come the next
election day. There is no longer any room in the
Republican ranks for RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) who have
failed to hear the conservative message of this nation.
We are told one of
Boehner’s great fears is that once deep cuts in the budget are
called for the Democrats will bluster their way into a government
shutdown and the GOP will be blamed. What he doesn’t
seem to realize is most Americans would welcome a government
shutdown. The only time we feel safe any more is when
the government isn’t actively messing with our lives.
Republicans don’t know how to cut the fat off a pig, we suggest
they all visit with the average American housewife, who almost
every week of her life is faced with the dilemma of what bills to
pay, what needs within her household can be reduced, and what
shortcuts she must take to feed her family.
One working mother
I know must drive 30 miles one-way to her job every
day. She told me the high price of gasoline has put
her on a diet that she hadn’t planned to start. She
has given up lunches to keep her tank filled.
In Texas various
state agencies were asked to cut 3% out of their budget earlier
this year. Next, they were asked to cut another 10%
from that same budget. Now the forecasted revenue for
the next two years does not meet anticipated growth and
costs. It makes no difference; in the Lone Star State
we only spend what we have. Right now the Legislature
is saying there will be $800 per student less in the education
budget and no growth funding for Medicaid. When
logical thinking people don’t have the money they make serious cuts
in their budget. When positive thinking state leaders
see a shortfall in revenue they also cut spending.
But, Washington still hasn’t learned that lesson.
For a long time
many of us have known we have a Republican leadership corps that
are Jello-spined. These wishy-washy leaders became
worried about their future when the Tea Party groups started
marching. When the election was over and most of them
survived, it seems they started thinking it would be business as
usual. John Boehner and his cronies seem to believe
that can happen without some serious consequences.
Wrong! Those Tea Party folks are getting restless
again…and everybody knows what happened the last time they got real
Boehner…you start by not raising that debt ceiling.
We have far too much debt already. The next thing you
do is start making some payment on that debt. How do
you do that? We thought you knew…cut spending and use
the Big Axe, not the fingernail clippers!
Thomas D. Segel