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Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Tea Party Compromise?

Where can the Tea Party Compromise? 

Both Les Carpenter and Left Coast Rebel beat me to the Rand Paul piece from CNN's State-of-the-Union.

According to Rand Paul, conservatives have to be willing to accept cuts in the military's budget and liberals have to cut domestic welfare spending (that helps by them votes that keep them in power).
When asked about the debt limit, the next major battle in Congress, Paul reiterated his stance that he would only vote for an increase in the $14.3 trillion limit if the legislation is passed with a balanced budget amendment and “say from here on out this is the last time we’re doing it.”
I've heard some strident angry sentiments from hard core Tea Party members - that may not actually be tea party people, but they identify themselves as such. They suggest NO compromise and want only the most of conservative of voices within the Republican Party to be heard. If they prevail, the moderate independent voters will be split by the Democratic Party, ushering in another four years of Obama.

I think that the Tea Party needs to be true to its roots and push the balanced budget as Rand Paul suggests, but I think that conservative people are ill served if they remove so much of their voting base through bias that they end up with NOTHING that they wanted and fought for. The Constitution itself was a compromise between the interests of different states. Rand Paul is correct. We need to decide just how many wars we need to fight at the same time - keeping our nuclear options sharp, we need to balance the budget and that means curbing domestic spending considerably and get back on a sound fiscal track.

There are a lot of "Republican" candidates from the RINOs (Trump and Romney) on one side to the Libertarians like Ron Paul on the other. One day soon we need to get behind one of them. No candidate will bring everything 'we' want, but it's very important to move the lunatic liberals from power in the executive branch of government even if we're not individually in love with whichever candidate emerges.

7 comments:

  1. But I want everything to be perfect. And I want it NOW. (Vie Verruca Salz)

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  2. Agreed. Politics requires a balancing between getting the things you want and staying in power. It doesn't do any good to get everything you want, only to be tossed right out of power and lose it all again, nor does it to do any good to never get the things you want. The key is to get as much as you can get and then push the public toward giving you the rest. That's why politics is a long term game -- you have to prove to them that your ideas don't end the world (like the other side will claim) and that you can be trusted to make things better.

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  3. Andrew, as usual, you nailed it.

    Opus #6, that's what I'm hearing from a lot of people and they're going to end up frustrated.

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  4. "...spitting is a dirty habit"

    Paul is right on this one. Cuts in spending should be deep, and in all areas. But more important, it needs to be a trend - it needs to last.

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  5. I completely agree. We should start by letting the military do it's job, instead of outsourcing it to private contractors at three times the cost.

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  6. There's only one way to do it ... You vote Tea Party favorites in the primary, and GOP in the general election. Anything else gives Obama 4 more years.

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  7. Every time I read Ron Paul's name I think of Lyndon LaRouche. Don't have an opinion on Rand Paul.

    The real problem is a lack of integrity by our elected officials-- They forget that they have a responsiblity to the Constitution and to the People. Like Twain said, "It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress".

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