We’ve been reading comments about the barely avoided government shutdown that run the gamut of human emotion…from ‘shut it down!’ (from which school of thought I have only recently moved) to high praise for John Boehner’s strategy and everything in between. Certainly, the result so far has been fortuitous… Barack the First is trotting out his own ‘heavy, serious cuts’ next week. That’s a hoot… it’s the best indication that they’ve been stung pretty good.
Aside from the usual diatribes, the left has been reduced to dragging out the ‘right to choose’ bunch again, along with a sudden concern for the ‘children’ and education… and let us not forget granddad eating dog food. The far more likely scenario would be granddad freezing to death because he cannot afford heating oil or gas, because Barack Hussein has made damn sure we’re totally dependent on foreign countries for our energy. Most of those countries love to see us weak and indecisive… which is the sum total of Obama’s foreign policy.
Next, Boehner’s going to have to sell the debt ceiling increase to the American people. It’s going to be a very hard sell. Regardless of Boehner’s motivation for it, the fact remains that if the debt ceiling is not raised we do risk the federal government going into default, which could launch a world wide depression aside from the economic devastation it would cause here. Hopefully, that wouldn’t be the case. But Boehner can’t take that chance… none of us can.
Still, how to balance all the forces in play? He knows that he has to satisfy the coalition of the Patriot Movement and that magic 20% figure that are the independents, who so far have evinced their disgust with the DeMarxist agenda by going over wholesale to the Tea Party. In order to pull this off, thereby saving his own hide, Boehner is going to have to cut deep and often. He’s going to be forced to move forward as much of Paul Ryan’s proposal as he can in order to hold on the Patriot movement.
No, I’m still not completely sold on Boehner. But you have got to admire some of the maneuvering he did to pull this off.
Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis
© Skip MacLure 2011