Soon, March 14-16, the start of the annual meeting of our conserv friends…..the CPAC…….and this year their slogan is “New Challenges, Timeless Principles”. A March first was the kicking in of the sequestration that we have all heard so much about in the media……talking head after talking head has given their take on what it is, what will happen and who will be at fault……by now you, my reader, have formed your opinion with the help of your favorite talking head and I would wager that you would defend your opinion to the end……but I feel that I need to point out a few things that may have been overlooked…….
What is the time worn principles that the conservs in Congress have stood by for decades now? (pause here for reflection)……..
First, tax cuts, not tax increases are the only way to save the economy and second, the military-industrial complex was sacred and not to be cut less we weaken our national defense and security……am I right?
The problem is that they abandoned their principle of no tax increases in the fiscal cliff debacle…..of course they could argue that it was not an increase but just letting Bush tax cuts expire……but call it what you may….it was a tax increase.
Then there is the sanctity of the defense spending…..but voila! Now that the sequestration (who gives a damn whose idea it was?) kicking in there will be heavy cuts in defense spending…..and there is no better way to defend this……they would not come to any agreement and now the DOD will be hit and hit hard.
So, two of the sacred pillars of conservatism have been slaughtered in the name of partisan crap………I find it a bit silly to say that they are timeless principles…….principles that have been sacrificed on the alter of politics.
Let’s not forget the small government plank……..I mean look at the massive bureaucracy that GW created and he was a conserv….we could always try to defend it and say that 9/11 had something to do with the expansion…..but an expansion is an expansion….just another sacred cow that the GOP has slaughtered.
I guess conservs will try to salvage what they can by signing on to some damn silly immigration bill that they can use as one liners during the next round of elections in 2014. But sorry sports fans……too late…..they have compromised their principles…..what’s next?
I am sure that tax cuts will still be on the agenda…..but their argument that cuts will create jobs is not playing well…..the working stiff, middle class if you will have seen their pay decline almost yearly for 20 years and corporations making billions by using those job creating tax cuts……if the GOP wants to win ever again they must find a way to connect with the middle class and I do not believe they can sell the tax cut con much longer…….
Of there is more! The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)……….this was a game. The House voted on a bill that they knew that they could not get past the Senate and then this deal was hammered out and passed…….and will be signed. The finally vote was not at all unanimous…..but when asked during interviews they can say that they voted for the VAWA……which will be a deception……true they voted for the one that could not get passed in the Senate…..just a game to try and not alienate women voters……keep an eye on this for 2014 it will be a talking point.
Addendum: My point was proven…..on Saturday a GOP rep from Virginia was asked why he voted against VAWA and his response was….”I voted for the House version but their was a constitutional question on the final version……” He then went on to say that he voted in favor of it twice……and that is how the game is played.