"You Asked and We Listened"
Meet the terms we elected you for or shut down the government one or the other. For when the Fed shuts down the citizens remain free and unencumbered with needless laws and regulations. When the Fed is in session the citizens continue to lose the very freedoms of the US Constitution we fought and died for.
The sticking points aren't even dollars -- according to Harry Reid. It's ideology -- the hypocritical Dems don't want to remove federal tax dollars from funding abortions in DC -- even though for FY 96 through FY 09 Dems and Repubs alike agreed to that. It is settled public policy which Obama undid in FY09 and should now be reinstated without any major heartburn. But we will have to stand firm on that and also on the other ideological point: funding for EPA which is trying to "sneak" global warming theories and practices into our society even though Congress rejected them last session. We need to stand firm and be tough! Otherwise we risk losing our gains in 2012 let alone taking the Senate and White House
The Republicans had better hold strong on this. That's why we sent them there. The cuts they have requested are completely reasonable. The Democrats want to continue to tax and spend us into an economically paralyzed, socialist country. And when we object, they paint conservatives with the "cold, heartless, uncaring" brush. Anyone who wants to grow the government and take away the will of the people to strive for excellence and reap the rewards for which they have toiled does not "care" about the very people they purport to be concerned about. That is why "liberalism is a lie" is my favorite phrase. It describes it so beautifully and yet succinctly.
My word of advice to the Republicans is that we are watching you and expect you to do the job you've been sent to do. Saving the country is not for the faint of heart. Reach around every now and then and feel your backbone. Then make sure you're using it.
Congress was designed to have conflicts and disagreement and the only way to pass a budget is through negotiations. However, I think if the government shuts down a strong message will be sent to the people and in Washington that the people of this nation are concerned with our future and agree that decreasing our national deficit is extremely important to the U.S. economy and our national safety. As Americans we have enjoyed prosperity and peace due to our strong economy. This is something that we must maintain for our national security and future and we must curb our spending. It may be that everybody must sacrifice a little to achieve this. As a nation we must strive together and be strong.
Sen. Reid should have allowed the Senate to vote on the temporary CR to insure defense spending through Sept. 2011.
Speaker Boehner is right to stand firm on getting the spending cuts deemed necessary by the American voters last November.