“There is a recurring theme in Washington budget negotiations. It’s I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today [E.C. Segar. Popeye, J. Wellington Wimpy: The Yale book of quotations]. I think it’s a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now, for the promise of cuts later,” Sen. Paul said. “The small sequester spending cuts were not nearly enough to address our deficit problem. Undoing tens of billions of this modest spending restraint is shameful and must be opposed. I cannot support a budget that raises taxes and never balances, nor can I support a deal that does nothing to reduce our nation’s $17.3 trillion debt.”
I think Paul’s statement is completely beyond refutation. The reason politicians want to put off cuts “for now,” is because (1) they don’t plan to be in office when it comes time to make the cuts, or (2) they think they can devise a new reason to delay cuts yet again.
Paul is also right that the sequester cuts were too small. That fact makes abandoning them all the more inexcusable. We need to improve on the sequester by cutting more.
I know some conservatives think that Rubio is only opposed to the budget deal because he wants to run for President. If so, that is good news! It means that Rubio knows that this move is going to cost the Republican Party. They are betraying their base and the national interest.
Yet they are not backing down when confronted with conservatives. Politico.com reports, “GOP’s private war goes public.”
The simmering feud between House Republicans and movement conservatives is finally an all-out war.
The tension exploded on Wednesday morning when Speaker John Boehner and outside conservative groups traded sharp barbs over the budget deal Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) crafted with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). It only escalated later in the day when the leader of the right-wing Republican Study Committee forced out its long-time executive director for leaking private conversations about strategy to those organizations.
The frenzied activity — just days before the House is scheduled to recess until 2014 — represents the ultimate culmination of a power struggle between institutional Republicans in Congress and outside groups, who are funded by well-heeled conservative donors and can pay for primary challenges.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Boehner (R-Ohio) accused outside conservative groups of “using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals.”
Paul and Rubio are two witnesses that it is Boehner and Ryan who are “using the American people for their own goals.”
And the portrayal of the tea party as the ones with the money is a false portrayal. The big money Republicans are the ones trying to increase spending.