I greatly respect George Will and Charles Krauthammer. Some hotheads on the right get upset with these men from time to time, but they provide the intellectual wellspring of modern American conservatism (although Krauthammer is not a conservative, strictly speaking, he is a brilliant tactician for our side).
Patience is a Virtue
George Will reminds us how much ground the tea party has won in only a few short years, and he cheers these gains. The Democrats have gone from the billowy expansiveness of Obama's Hope and Change ever expanding government, to now arguing over what and how much to cut. Thanks to the tea party, we have reframed the debate and moved it onto our turf.
Having said that, Will issues a caution:
Will, a student of Burke, went on to say, “It really is fanciful to believe that the regulatory welfare state that has been built over 80 years can be substantially deconstructed in August over a debt ceiling vote. It’s going to take a little longer than that.”If that doesn't convince you, please continue reading. Dr. Krauthammer has some words of wisdom as well:
“We ought to pocket these gains and prepare for the next fight – and to understand, nothing fundamentally will be changed until we change the president who is determined to veto fundamental change,” Will added. (Wehner - Tea Party Should Listen to George Will)
I have every sympathy with the conservative counterrevolutionaries. Their containment of the Obama experiment has been remarkable. But reversal — rollback, in Cold War parlance — is simply not achievable until conservatives receive a mandate to govern from the White House.Do the Math: We Can't Fix it all in one Bite
[...]they don’t have the Senate, they don’t have the White House. And under our constitutional system, you cannot govern from one house alone.(NRO-Krauthammer)
Aside from the political realities, we also hit a wall of math. Obama is running annual deficits of $1.5 trillion, and the debt is over $14 trillion. Cut all federal spending, everything, and fire every government worker and shutter every department, zeroing out these $3.7 trillion annual budgets, and it would still take over a decade to wipe out the debt.
Another factor: A present congresses cannot tie the hands of future ones. Harry Reid can promise to cut one million bajillion over the next ten year all he wants, but spending is voted on year to year. The new congress elected in 2012 will thumb its nose at such promises, since it is legally under no obligation whatsoever to fulfill them.
Add to this the fact that real people are dependent on government programs, hooked like junkies thanks to years of progressive predations that stripped them of the will and the means to care for themselves. This cannot be fixed overnight.
"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes"The GOP and tea partiers need to realize this debt ceiling fight is DC Kabuki. It won't solve anything. Indeed, raising the debt ceiling hastens our shambolic stagger into the pit of financial penury. Ever known anyone or any nation to spend itself to prosperity?
The GOP need to avoid immediate draconian cuts that will be sensationalized by the Democratic party propagandists in the news media. Smile, care, look intelligent and grown-up, and get this damned thing over with so we can shine the spotlight on the disaster scene that Obamanomics has wrought. Ask Obama every day where the jobs are, and continue explaining to the American people how we cannot continue spending like this.
This opens a path to 2012 victory, and a GOP senate and GOP president can join with a GOP house to finally tame the government beast. If they don't, I will be joining the passionate millions of tea partiers storming the capitol with torches and pitchforks.