I spoke with Senators Ron Johnson and Pat Toomey on today’s program. The transcripts are posted here.
I am alarmed that both of these senators seem willing to vote for a debt ceiling hike in exchange for legislative language on future spending caps, when what is needed immediately and urgently are deep cuts in current spending and entitlement reform. Both men are serious, thoughtful conservatives, and no doubt spending caps are a good idea, but I don’t see how promises of future good behavior will work to control the deficits we are piling to the sky right now.
If there is a genuine fiscal crisis in the land brought about by trillions and trillions in deficits, the Congressional Republicans ought to be more willing to confront the president and Senate Democrats, even to the point of impasse and a partial government shut-down.
If the peril is real, they have to be willing to make a difficult argument to the public.
Nobody wants a partial government shut-down, but nobody wants surgery or chemo when cancer is discovered either. If federal spending is the cancer in the body politic that is threatening the nation’s viability, currency and growth, then the GOP has to be willing to do what it takes to remedy the problem.