Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, as well as many others in the Republican establishment are so quick to roll over to the Obama regime, in spite of retaining control in the House. Yes, Barack Obama was re-elected, but here’s the thing, there is still a Republican controlled House. Apparently though, Kristol is one that seems more than ready to cave on higher taxes.
Kristol appeared on Fox News Sunday and said, “I think Republicans will have to give in much more than they think. He won re-election.”
“Elections have consequences… The leadership in the Republican Party and the leadership in the conservative movement has to pull back, let people float new ideas. Let’s have a serious debate. Don’t scream and yell when one person says, ‘You know what? It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires.’ It really won’t, I don’t think. I don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000. Make it $500,000–make it a million. Really? The Republican Party’s going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires? Half of whom vote Democratic, and half of whom live in Hollywood, and are hostile to Republican principles?”
Kristol is where much of the House has been the last 3 years. They have been acting for political expediency and we see where that has gotten us. John Boehner seems to be talking a good game at the moment, but he’s done this before and it’s always resulted in the same outcome, more debt and kicking the can down the road.
Pundits have said that the American people spoke in this election and that what they want is both sides to work together. Let me suggest that is about 180 degrees wrong. Did you elect a congressman or senator to “work with the other side” that you oppose? I sure didn’t. Those candidates which I voted for, I did so because I agreed with their ideology and principles, not the other guy. Therefore that translates to the simple fact that I’m not interested in them “working with the opposition,” but defeating them.
Giving in on Obama’s tax hikes would not win many votes. But it would certainly end the GOP as a viable opposition.
Kristol has embraced a policy that is nothing more than a left-wing, soak-the-rich meme. It would not close the budget deficit; at best, it would reduce the annual $1 trillion-plus deficit by 7 cents on the collar. Raising taxes would, however, hurt investment and punish success. And Republicans have been burned before by agreeing to deals in which Congress hikes taxes and the promised spending cuts never materialize.
The point here is not to protect “millionaires.” (We conservatives call many of them small business owners, in case Kristol’s forgotten.) It is partly about protecting the economy. But it is also about preserving a check on the Democrats’ power, which is no greater today than on Nov 5. What House Republicans did in opposing the stimulus in 2009, unanimously and as a minority, they must now do on taxes as a governing majority.
If not, there is little else upon which Republicans will deserve to be trusted, by their own voters or by anybody.
He’s right. This is what many of us were trying to communicate to the party as a whole this entire year, but instead of standing on principle, they thought being more “moderate” and more politically expedient was in order to save their power. It failed. It failed in 2008 too, but they don’t seem to have learned a lesson.
However, I think the electorate who have supported the GOP, in particular the Tea Party Republicans do understand and we are not going to allow spinelessness to exist without putting some stress on the leadership. This is no time to have a defeatist attitude. Just think if our soldiers on the battlefield in wars past would have had such attitudes when they felt great opposition. As we remember veterans, we should also remember their courage and determination to defeat the opposition and we should likewise exhort our representatives to do the very same thing in the offices they hold.