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Four. Trillion. Dollars.

Honestly, if you’re seeing the news of a proposed 4 trillion dollar plus budget and you’re not ready to rant about it, you haven’t given it that much thought.  Even by the standards of our profligate monster of a government this is outrageous.  Four.  Trillion.  Dollars.

How does any reasonable, semi-responsible individual even wrap their mind around that much money?  How would anyone even think to call budgets of even three trillion plus ‘austerity’ and expect to be taken seriously?  Do you know how many countries on Earth can even dream of GDP’s that size, much less government budgets?

The fact any annual spending over the entire Obama administration could be described as ‘austerity’ without the speaker of that word being laughed off the planet is on account of two things.  First, that the President is a Democrat and was going to be backed up by the media which continues to provide cover.  Second, Obama’s supposed opposition in the GOP is so feckless he can get away with it.  That makes the increasingly implausible and generous assumption that his supposed opponents aren’t simply complicit in Big Government and liking it as much as he does.

How about the GOP trying using the power of the purse for once to tighten the belt ever so slightly in the face of this monument to fiscal gluttony?  It seems like an easy target, even for them.  Besides, if they can’t demonstrate that $4,000,000,000,000+ is a bit much to spend, they really weren’t worth the effort to put back in charge.

The Republican Broken Record of Capitulation

The latest one is on defunding Obamacare, which is likely due to behind-the-scenes pressure from McConnell (his primary opponent can be found here).  There’s been plenty of press regarding it too, but there’s no real reason to care about the usual voices of failure telling us to do all of the same sorts of things that keep us failing.  It’s the same broken record of capitulation.

When it comes to the bulk of the GOP actually doing their jobs, it’s just never time.  Once, it was about how we’ll get them next time.  We’re childish and we don’t know How Washington Works.  Or everyone’s not-favorite assertion of a huge loss being a symbolic victory.

You can all but hear the tick in the vinyl as it skips back to another excuse.

This time, it’s just not smart.  Nothing will come of it.  Obama is still President.  Well, if their argument is that there should be no opposition action for so long as Obama is President, why should the GOP sorts that keep telling us to quit retain their jobs?  The fact their seats aren’t Democrat controlled surely offends Mighty Obama the First.  We should appease him with their careers.  They don’t do much beyond lose anyway.

That Brand Is Taken, GOP

What is it with the GOP and this incessant need to lurch to the left?

As is typical, conservatives are being blamed for the loss last week.  The fact we put Cruz, Fischer, and Flake into office isn’t mentioned.  The fact Senator Brown lost his seat running away from the Tea Party as fast as his moderate legs could carry him isn’t mentioned.  The fact the Republican nominee was yet another a moderate who, despite some strong positive campaigning, wouldn’t attack Obama a la McCain 2.0 isn’t mentioned.  But it must be our fault anyway, if only because Establishment politicians don’t take blame.

There’s just one problem with the theory that we now need amnesty and we can add support by attacking the rich.  That brand is already taken.  The Democrats own it lock, stock, and barrel, and with the MSM to back them up on retaining it, no amount of liberalism from the Republicans will so much as cause it to be knocked even slightly ajar.

Giving the Democrats what they want or ‘compromising’ with them has always resulted in them getting the credit and the Republicans getting the blame.  Bush 41 breaking his no new taxes pledge cost him his job.  Reagan granted amnesty in exchange for security considerations he never received and the Republicans promptly started losing percentages of the Hispanic vote (Want to know how to appeal to them?  Try looking at Texas first).  The House was retaken in 2010 by the efforts of the Tea Party along with gains in the Senate, and two years of the Republicans attacking them for it earned them the 2012 election cycle losses that should have been the other way around.  No one who retired over Obamacare need have bothered.

Say they plow through anyway and go full liberal, then what?  Not one liberal will peel away from the Democrats.  Plus, they’ll get the credit for ‘forcing’ the Republicans into line if the Republicans are even mentioned at all.  What’s left of their base will certainly blame them though, and not enough moderates and independents will be gained to make up the difference.

The GOP cannot win as a liberal party because liberal is already taken by a party in no danger of losing the title.  No current Democrat voters will want Dem-light if they already have the real thing.  At this point though, it might just Whig the Republicans out of existence.

News link credits:  Hot Air, GOP Is For Me

Here’s How The Capitulation Is Working For The GOP

Today seems like a good day to talk about GOP capitulation, because they’re being attacked on the austerity they’ve supposedly inflicted on us all.  Yes, all of that hellish austerity is slowing down the economy.  It’s all the GOP’s fault.  Except that they haven’t actually done all that much by the way of budget cuts.

Here’s the bottom line.  They managed a few hundred million in cuts in a continuing resolution, and received a complete thrashing in their wholesale capitulation on the debt ceiling.  I’ll grant this presumes it ends with a deadlocked Super Committee, which is a good bet.  Their base isn’t happy with them now because not only are the Republicans not doing anything budget-related correctly, but they attacked their base as ‘childish’ for actually wanting something real done.  Didn’t buy any goodwill from the left in the end, did it?  Now both sides are going to be mad at the GOP.

Typical Republican fail.

Now the establishment wants Romney to be the nominee, arguing for his electability.  If you stop to think about it, he’s too far to the left to be electable.  He’s not distinguishable from Obama in any meaningful way.  His argument and that of every other RINO can be boiled down to something along the lines of ‘I concede that the Democrat way of doing things is the right way, but I’m better because I’m going to do less of it more slowly.  Oh, and the conservatives have nowhere to go so they have to vote for me and they can suck it’ (this is not a direct quote from anyone).  If he’s nominated, I’m sure he’ll give a beautifully delivered and polished concession speech in November against an incumbent that could not have won without him.  As a mislabeled Democrat, he’ll have capitulated on all of the arguments before the election even begins in a futile attempt to attract independents and annoyed the base he thinks he can take for granted.

The moral of this story?  If you’re going to be attacked for being conservative no matter what, be conservative.  It works and will give anyone who uses it actual successes to tout come election time.  The media and Democrats will never love Republicans, but trying to appease them can cost those Republicans the support of their base.  At the very least, they may get votes but can forget the manpower they they need to win elections.

Being the Other Democrats never works.  The sooner they learn that, the more they’ll win in the future.  Heck, the RINOs might even buy themselves a little leeway once they rack up enough real wins to get the wiggle room.  The Gathering Of Pansies approach, however, won’t continue to do.

News link credit:  Hot Air