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“How The GOP Can Keep Its Pledge” and the President’s “Being There” Budget

Monday, February 14, 2011  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Washington Examiner column points to the choice the GOP House freshmen have to make this week.

I am in D.C. for a couple of days and hope to get some of the freshmen on the program tonight to ask if they will honor the Pledge or go along with the appropriators’ ruse.

The president’s budget is a joke, of course, a not-even-remotely-serious political document that, surprise, sees a $1.6 trillion dollar deficit for FY 11, proposes a $1.1 trillion deficit for FY ’12, and saves big cuts for after the president’s election.

The debates underway over the Continuing Resolution and the debt ceiling are rounds one and two in the struggle to control an Administration indifferent to the threat to the currency and savings posed by these massive, runaway deficits. If the president and the Senate see the House GOP folding its chairs before the negotiations even begin, then the Pledge will never be kept and the spending will continue to soar.

The fear of the “shutdown” word reflects a GOP leadership still fighting the battles of 1994-1995. That was a long time ago, before new media evened the political playing field and before panics and enormous deficits shook the world’s financial stability. Soon some GOP leader will look some MSMer in the eye and ask if he or she wants a return to the near-collapse of the fall of 2008, because a failure to control spending is asking for just such a replay. “Would you rather have a shutdown or a panic” is the choice facing the country, and the president’s budget is another of his Chance the gardener moments where, as with Egypt and with Iran’s Green Revolution, he appears, says nothing of consequence and moves on.

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