The Moment of Truth for Republicans

John Boehner

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A line is being drawn that separates the real fiscal conservatives from the pretenders; those who just enjoy playing the political game and only care about government spending when their opposition is in the white house. Republican speaker of the house, John Boehner, appears to be ready to make a deal with Obama, to raise government revenue, and to continue ignoring the real problem.

John Boehner has a bit of a problem though. He’s having to deal with some annoying congressmen that just refuse to understand how the Republican party works. Julie Borowski from FreedomWorks writes:

In the final days before the start of the new Congress, House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican establishment are quietly purging strong fiscal conservatives from prominent budget and finance committees.

Sources tell FreedomWorks that these fiscal conservatives were removed from their committees because their votes were not in lockstep with House leadership. Reps. Amash, Huelskamp, and Schweikert correctly voted against a handful of House leadership supported big spending bills…

It seems unreal to me. The fiscally conservative party of small government is removing congressmen from budget committees because they refuse to turn their back on what the party supposedly stands for.

I hope republican voters are paying attention, because this is their opportunity to be honest with themselves, and pick a side. For so long the republican party has stood for nothing. They profess to stand for small government and yet they gladly vote for more spending.

Republicans are finally being given a choice within the republican party. Will they stand with congressmen like Amash and senators like Rand Paul, or will they expose themselves as being hypocrites? Will they stand with those that believe in cutting spending or will they stand with those that call reducing the increase in spending, a cut?

It should become clear now, why nothing ever changes. Before, when only Ron Paul was serious about solving our economic problems, republican voters just didn’t know any better. Their only choice was to stand with the republican party, regardless of its actions.

Now they are being presented with a clear choice. Thanks to Ron Paul and the congressmen and senators that got elected as a result of the movement that he started, the people finally are being introduced to real fiscal conservatism. It has become much harder for the republican establishment to fool the public into believing that they stand for small government. Will they continue to be fooled? Will they continue to vote for people like Boehner that actually fight against fiscal conservatism and small government? It’s about to get interesting.

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  • ___j___

    Saw on CSPAN the other day that at least some of the repubs are caving. It was a democrat who was speaking, and laid out the way the electorate was to be divided: Obama wanted to keep taxes high on the wealthy making $250k+ and he was willing to ‘compromise’ (which the dem House-rep called “coming very far”) and only keep taxes high on those making $400k+ this time around, whereas the repub plan that was being presented that day was keeping taxes high only for folks making $1000k+ (and some REPUB spoke later about how this was good for 99.8% of the population who did not fall into that category).

    Of course, if we ‘compromise’ on deciding just which specific group will be getting the axe this time around, we are accepting class-warfare as the basis of all decisions going forward. We are accepting sacrifice of the few, in order to feed the gaping maw of govt spending that bribes the many. In other words, we’re going to be looking like France right quick, and like Greece soon thereafter.

    My understanding is that the establishment-repubs like Cantor and Boehner made these deferment-deals (pushing the fiscal cliff off into a time *after* the 2012 presidential election) based on the gamble that either Obama would not be re-elected, or that even if he was the repubs would retake the Senate… and that therefore either there would be no fiscal cliff, because repubs would control it all, or at least, they could force the re-elected Obama to accept their statute.

    Instead, by picking Romney which depressed turnout among the pauliticians and the evangelicals so badly that repubs lost the white house *and* even managed to lose ground in the senate, Boehner and friends painted themselves into a corner. And of course, during the lame duck session, they are now in a mood to ‘compromise’ with the re-elected Obama. (Not to mention continuing their attempt to marginalize pauliticians like Amash and even folks like Huelskamp; cf the ramming through of rule#12 in Tampa last August, which not so coincidentally also featured Boehner at the forefront.)

    I agree with you that the vote on (and the speeches leading up to the vote on) the anti-fiscal-cliff-tax-hike-legislation in the next couple of weeks will separate the squishy dempubs from the fiscal hawks. However, whether there are consequences in 2014 will depend largely on how carefully we push their failure with the electorate… because it looks like Boehner (et al) may now be willing to join the dems in condemning The Eeevvviiilll Rich folks as the baddies.

    • I agree. It’s almost like the Republican party didn’t want to win. Too bad the average republican still believes they belong to the party of small government. With the way Boehner is behaving, I will have a hard time staying optimistic if he is re-elected again. It’s almost like there is nothing that they can do to be voted out.

  • Allamer1

    The Republican Party is not the opposite of the Democrat Party. It has operated as a less liberal version of the Democrat Party. Political parties interfere with the representation of constituents in Congress. The “tea party” movement put more conservatives in Congress, but more are needed to empower We the People.

    • Agree, and I hope conservatives are starting to realize that the Republican party is not the party of small government. That’s why I really love what Rand Paul is doing: educating the public about what a true conservative looks like.