RINOs in the Cross-hairs

I’ve been under the weather since Saturday so this will be a rather short post.  Somewhat Reasonable, a blog of the Heartland Institute, ran a story that caught my eye. Here are some excerpts:

National leaders of the Tea Party plan to hold a rally and press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Monday to challenge House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican Party leaders to block an increase in the national debt ceiling. The Tea Party leaders fear many Republicans will vote with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling to allow more borrowing and spending.

We don’t want to see the government continue this wasteful spending. The Tea Party is going to hold every RINO accountable. This issue alone is going to determine if they have somebody running against them in their next primary

We don’t care what a person calls himself. There’s hardly a dime’s bit of difference between Democrats and Republicans. The establishment types are all over government. This is not about changing seats. This is about taking back the government. A lot of them don’t get it yet

Even Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who recently introduced a long-range plan to slow government’s growth, will be in the sights of next week’s RINO hunters.

This is what I’ve hoped would happen for some time. And it is happening today. Please read the rest of the article. I’m going back to bed and will check back later in the day. If you find any news on this press conference, I’d appreciate it if you could drop a note in the comments section and let me know what happened.

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16 thoughts on “RINOs in the Cross-hairs

  1. I strongly believe that this nation’s governments are in deep fiscal trouble.

    They eat up so much of the GDP with such high deficits and wastefully spend it that they threaten the economic viability of this country and the future well being of generations to come.

    I absolutely believe that the Tea Party Movement philosophically is on the right track. One to two trillion dollar deficits must be stopped and must be stopped ASAP.

    However, our nation is in such bad shape that it cannot be turned around overnight.

    The debt ceiling must and will be raised. Heck, as of last Thursday we were $25 billion over the official debt ceiling of $14.294 trillion!

    Its a necessary, practical reality to raise the debt ceiling while we work on reversing decades of reckless spending.

    What we must do is tie deep, meaningful cuts in spending to raising the debt ceiling as a beginning step on the long, arduous path back to economic solvency.

    It is deeply counter-productive and self-destructive to the Tea Party Movement and the Republican Party to insist on a refusal to raise the debt ceiling and go on to threatening Republicans that are not conservative enough with re-election challenges.

    That course will only reverse 2010’s gains and create a political backlash that will doom us to future poverty.

    1. I agree with what you are saying, AZ. Somebody needs to explain to me why we need to spend $1 trillion more in the next budget year than we are spending in this budget year. We don’t need to do that and if we don’t we have $1 trillion. Also, why do we need to spend as much as we did this year if that spending included one time stimulus money on the order of $800 billion. We don’t need to. therefore it should be easy to cut $1.8 trillion. There is an interesting article at American thinker today that takes a less radical approach. Here is the link if you are interested. http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/05/glide_path_to_federal_budget_s.html

      1. Interestingly enough, I already read that American Thinker article and actually have a link to it from within my most recent article – “A Revenue or a Spending Problem?…… The GDP Effect!”

        Richards’ best suggestion is tying increases in the debt ceiling directly to “glide path” cuts that get us back down to the magic 19% of GDP government spending target.

        Richards also sees the solution to our federal budget crisis as a combination of both spending cuts and revenue increases to get to the magic 19% of GDP. That is also needed to get things under control.

        I don’t know who Greg Richards is, but pragmatism such as his is what we need to get federal spending under control.

        His what you call a “less radical” approach, however, is actually quite radical and probably too radical.

        Even the President’s debt commission report, which was ignored, doesn’t achieve until 2037 what the Richards “glide path” achieves by 2018.

        We need a plan that is a lot more like Richards’ than the President’s Debt Commission plan but lying somewhere between.

      2. I wish I had stopped by your place first. I would have linked your article.
        Frankly, AZ, I’m grasping at straws right now. I think we have too many establishment politicians in Washington to actually do anything close to what needs to be done. I wish I could be more optimists but I can’t find any support for optimist

  2. The tea party is useful as a sword of damocles, but stating there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference is stretching it. Bush was a progressive in many ways, but he is still preferable to Obama.

    We can’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good. Politics is not about perfection and pristine ideals, it is about selecting the best answers from a multiple choice test. The GOP controls only one-third of the equation. While continuing to hold their feet to the fire, we must be mindful that they cannot jam anything through. Any success will come through backroom deals and horse trading, like it or not.

    1. I hear what you’re saying and I don’t disagree. However, if we go into battle sure that we are going to lose, then we will definitely lose. I repeat the question I asked earlier: Why does Obama need an extra trillion dollars in the next budget year? What are we going to get for it? We are only going to go deeper in debt with nothing to show for it. There will have to be compromises but that doesn’t have to mean caving-in. That’s the point I’m trying to make.

  3. I think the RINOs are going to have a very tough time in 2012. People are sick and tired of the games and want people in DC that actually believe in our constitution and the limits and places on the federal government.

  4. “in the crosshairs.” I like that incivility. I hear Gingrich is throwing his hat into the ring. As long as we’re speaking of RINO’s.

  5. I hope you are feeling better, Jim. My husband, who is also a Jim, had a heart attack on May 1…just last week ago Sunday. He is home recovering after two stents now. Am telling you this in case you wondered what happened to my writing. Needless to say, I have been otherwise pre-occupied and concentrating elsewhere. Having to take a deep breath and slow down a bit here lest I follow my husband to the cardiology department.

    I agree with this post…hoping the Republicans will find out we are serious about ridding the Rino’s out of the pool.

  6. Great news this, i was reading the other day that the so-called historic deal the house speaker made was really just a pile of crap and lies. Time for such stupidity or treachery to be punished.

    Hope you feel better soon.

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