I am still shocked by the Speaker of the House John Boehner’s shock that President Obama said, “We don’t have a spending problem.”
That Obama is using the debt as a weapon of mass destruction cannot be a surprise to anyone who has followed news of the growing deficit even slightly since his first term. Furthermore, when the man greeted Republican representatives sent to compromise on the proposed 2009 “Stimulus Package” with “I won”, Congress should have taken statement more seriously than it did.
The 1996 movie “Independence Day” provides a fine analogy to the type of compromise the White House will offer at any time on any topic:
Let’s assume for the sake of this discussion that the Republican national leadership truly wants to control spending (which, I think, could be debated). Its mindset must be targeted for a complete counter-attack.
It is obvious that the traditional routes of going on the Sunday talk shows to woo the press and the American public are not working. So, other options must be seriously considered. Perhaps a the Republican Party or other conservative Super-PAC could unleash a few dollars between the traditional election cycle, and target Obama’s lack of comprise as well as his lavish lifestyle?
Consider the schadenfreude we independent conservatives are enjoying when we learn about the complaints and whining of Obama voters when the opened up the first paychecks of 2013. An ad with some of these remarks super-imposed with the spending-problem quote and an image of Obama’s Hawaiian paradise vacation.
I hear Rush Limbaugh constantly deriding “low informative voters”. Complaining about them isn’t going to make them “high information voters.” If wealthy conservatives want to make an real investment that will make a difference, they should buy and manage a women’s magazine and other sources of entertainment and popular culture and have it run by independent and creative people.
Romney’s failed campaign clearly shows money is squandered on big buck consultants who are sticking to the same tired formulas. Funny YouTube videos are fine, but those who want to reach “low information voters” need to be more innovative and less insulting.
But, it goes beyond just relying on political parties and organizations. Michael Hirsh of the National Journal wrote a piece that took a look at the current state of citizen activism: Why the Tea Party Lives On
It contains a chilling forecast for February.
Full of second-term verve, Obama declared unilaterally Tuesday that he will no longer negotiate over the nation’s debt limit after the brinkmanship of the last couple of years. “I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed,” the president said. With the new deadline on the “sequester” just two months away, he urged “a little less drama” in coming talks about cutting government spending.
Sorry, but I think the drama is far from over. The rebellion against the size of government is a true populist movement, and it’s not going away. The debt limit is still the biggest card the tea party has. They’re going to use it.
The President’s speech in “Independence Day” call on individuals to bravely go and confront the enemy. This will include us, acting as individuals, to reach out to “low information voters”, inspire conservative organizations to act proactively and not reactively, and stiffen the spine of individual members of Congress for this upcoming debt limit battle. As it seems that the Republican Party won’t even mount a challenge to Minnesota
Joker Senator Al Franken, we really cannot depend on it at all.
As an aside, it may be time to join Wikipedia and fight for an independent take on its entries that have become a staple of internet research (hether you like this fact or not). Actually, I am a contributor!
Now would not be too soon to shock Team Obama, for a change.