A New Conservatism: Part 2
By Paul Moomjean 01/10/2013
I wonder if Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walked out of the House of Representatives wondering how in the world President Barack Obama got the best of him. Boehner fought for four years and, after November’s election results, decided to bring out the little white flag and declare the GOP dead.
The new budget passed has the most lopsided tax hikes to spending cuts ever. According to Congressional Budget Office, there will be only $15 billion in cuts, but tax revenues will reach $620 billion. For you math aficionados, that is a 41:1 ratio. That’s right. For every one dollar of cuts, there will be $41 of tax increases. Welcome to the new normal, a place where those who work hard are punished and those who take will be rewarded for their lack of efforts.
Conservativism is dying in this country. Rugged individualism is not an old cliché, and widespread collectivism is the new cool.
Even though many conservatives are terrified by the new budget, I am actually rather excited. While I hate to see my fellow Americans have their paychecks ripped to shreds, I do like the idea of President Obama getting his way. Because when this budget causes another recession, the only person to blame will be President Obama. He got his way, so now let’s see what his college-inspired economic theories lead our country into.
What can the GOP and conservatives do while the country crumbles? Well, now is the time to help reshape the conservative movement while Obama plays with everyone else’s money. Now is the time for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to develop a strategy to take back America.
The time is ripe for a New Conservatism that backs off on social issues and reminds the American people that keeping their money and having personal financial and economic freedom is the ideal. I previously wrote about how abortion, gay marriage and the war on drugs became the focal point of a decaying country, and we lost those battles. Abortion has been decided. Gay marriage is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. And drugs are being legalized slowly but surely in numerous states (even the conservative ones). It is time to go back to basics and fight for the small-business owner and middle class dad who can’t afford another tax hike.
A New Conservatism must also fight against excessive spending. According to recent numbers reported by the Associated Press, America is $16.4 trillion in debt. You read that correctly. We are more than $16 trillion in debt. Meanwhile, unemployment hovers at 7.8 percent nationally, with 18-29-year-olds hovering at 11.5 percent. These terrifying numbers are not going to be fixed by higher tax rates and less spending. These numbers will only be fixed by creating a fiscal plan that spends less than it takes in, and by taxing less and getting out of the way of the average American citizen.
Sadly, Boehner did not do what he was supposed to do. He gave up and, like Chief Justice John Roberts, has become a political Benedict Arnold. He is no longer a leader but is now a follower.
Charles Krauthammer, as bright a conservative thinker as there is, believes Boehner took the best deal possible. “I would actually commend Boehner and Paul Ryan, who in the end voted ‘yes’ for a bad deal — but they had to do it — for some courage, knowing it was a deal that was really awful; but there was no alternative, and, being in the leadership, taking a hit rather than letting somebody in the back benches have to do it for them.” While I understand his reasoning, leadership is about compromise, not white flag defeat.
As the new budget goes into effect, and as taxes go up and spending spirals out of control, conservatives must fight the battles they can win and should win for the American people. I hope we learned our lesson this last election cycle and will stay focused on winning back America by expounding the American values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Because after four years of tax and spend, the American people might actually like the sound of getting back to what made us great.