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The “fiscal cliff” drama presents opportunities for leadership, which is something the Republican Party naturally seeks, following a difficult election loss.  Among those bidding for the leadership of the conservative resistance is Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who issued a tough statement about House Speaker John Boehner’s instantly rejected compromise proposal:

Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny. This isn’t rocket science. Everyone knows that when you take money out of the economy, it destroys jobs, and everyone knows that when you give politicians more money, they spend it. This is why Republicans must oppose tax increases and insist on real spending reductions that shrink the size of government and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money.

Big government is the cause of our debt crisis, not the solution. Washington has a spending addiction that is shackling our children and grandchildren with unsustainable debt. Conservatives fought for a balanced budget amendment last year precisely because we knew the political establishment in Washington would never stop their tax and spend addiction without it. However, if neither party leadership is going to put forward a serious plan to balance the budget and pay down the debt, we should end this charade. We can stop the fiscal cliff with the bill that House Republicans already passed that simply extends the current tax rates and replaces the defense cuts with reductions in wasteful spending.

(Emphases mine.)  Curiously, I noticed that a great many media sources quoted the first highlighted passage from DeMint’s statement… but virtually none of them quoted the second part, where he reminds everyone that he put his shoulders behind a plan that really would have solved our deficit crisis, the Cut, Cap and Balance Act.  At one point during Washington’s previous ”budget ceiling” Muppet show, DeMint said he was only a votes shy of getting Cut, Cap, and Balance through the Senate.  It was killed with parliamentary manuevers in the Senate – you know, stuff like the filibuster that becomes a menace to democracy when Republicans do it, but is the very essence of patriotism in Democrat hands.




  1. serfer62

    December 5th, 2012

    Demint has always been a Conservative…maybe the POTUS on the Conservative ticket (Tea Party).

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  2. MaryfromMarin

    December 5th, 2012

    I have liked and respected Sen. DeMint for a long, long time. His commitment to conservatism has always appeared to be for the long haul, without constant recourse to limelight.

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  3. Death_By_Farts

    December 5th, 2012

    Boehner’s tax hike???

    Why is it his? Isn’t he just going along for the ride with the Dems at the helm??

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  4. cfm990

    December 5th, 2012

    @ Death…
    Republicans control the House. Boner controls the republicans. It’s His! Lock stock and barrel. It’s a bitch, being the boss.

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  5. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    December 5th, 2012

    I have a question, mostly because I was fairly busy this year and am too lazy to look up the answer. However, wasn’t the “fiscal cliff” created as a result of a compromise deal to avert some previously looming financial disaster? And if it was such a crappy plan back when everyone agreed to it, why did they agree to it in the first place?

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  6. John Cooper

    December 5th, 2012

    From RedState: Fire Boehner: We Only Need 16 Votes to Depose Boehner

    The House rules demand that a Speaker receive a majority—218 votes—to be elected speaker. If no nominee for speaker receives 218, the House remains speakerless—as it did during parts of the Civil War.

    If 16 House Republicans were to abstain from voting for Speaker, Boehner would only receive 217 votes.

    Once we depose Boehner and cause a firestorm, the Republican caucus will get the memo: Pick someone else! These 16 Republicans only need to hold out until the caucus chooses a new leader.

    I’m for it. Boehner is a pussy.

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  7. bitterclinger

    December 5th, 2012

    John Cooper — Outstanding! Now, if only we could find 16 repubicans with the backbone to do it.

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