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Hold the Line!

Hold the line

Reuters -- Washington, D.C. -- 7-27-11

Tea Party faithfuls are reminding Speaker Boehner that his seat as speaker is dependent upon him living up to their expectations. Expectations that the runaway spending in Washington will end under his leadership.

Wearing t-shirts adorned with “Hold the Line” a large contingent of small-government activists held court at capitol hill on Wednesday. Their show of  solidarity wasn’t about dealing with a foreign enemy, but a domestic one – ourselves. Conservative Americans are asking the right side of the isle to stand firm against Harry Reid’s progressive, extremist caucus on the issue of the national debt.

As children we were showered with the notion that if nothing was done about federal spending that grandchildren would be left with a bill they could not pay. Well, it’s not grandchildren anymore, the United States of America is broke thanks almost entirely to overspending on Democratic entitlement programs.

Rand Paul at D.C. Hold the Line event.

While Democrats and establishment GOP paint the “hold the line” mantra as near psychotic ramblings from an extremist cult – the Tea Parties have it right and Republicans should pay attention – it’s the Constitution, stupid.

Republicans have been forced to water-down budget solutions time-after-time while the Senate Democrats produce nothing. The way this should work is that the House passes their version of a bill, if the Senate doesn’t agree with the bill they offer their version and finally the two sides meet in conference committee to hash out a compromise. Harry Reid has no intention of compromising.

Republicans passed Cut,cap and balance – the Senate Democrats offered no alternative. In fact, they just tabled the bill instead of debating and voting on it as Reid had promised.

Republicans passed the Ryan plan – the Senate Democrats offered no alternative and killed that legislation too.

The kind of brinkmanship being offered by Democrats in the Senate and White House is dangerous. The fact that Republicans are faltering instead of meeting the challenge is disheartening.

What we need now is leadership from the House GOP. Demand that the Senate supply their version of a budget fix and force a conference committee. That is how it is supposed to work. This cycle of pass a bill, Harry hates it, water it down, try to pass it, the House hates it, change it again… is nauseating.  The fact that the House GOP is largely being led around by the nose by Senate Democrats is embarrassing.

Cut,cap and balance is the starting point – it is the line. It’s already passed the House and Republicans should be demanding real negotiations from the left instead of turning tail and looking for more giveaways to  the progressives.

Perhaps we need our own version of Mel Gibson in “The Patriot” running against the tide of fleeing soldiers yelling over and over “HOLD THE LINE .. HOLD THE LINE” while waving the American flag.

Mr. Speaker “HOLD THE LINE!”

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  1. WillofLa says:

    Rand Paul is absolutely correct when he says that the Boehner bill does absolutely nothing. All Boehner is doing is trying to find some little to nothing that he thinks that Reid will accept. I can tell you right now that the conservatives in the House need to stand against anything that is not Constitutional and tell Beohner that if he doesn’t adhere to the Constitution which he took an oath to obey, then they will see to it that all of Boehner’s compromises die in the House. That may make the other establishment Republican’s mad as hell, but they can get the support they need from people like Rand Paul, Tim DeMint and Ryan and many others.

    I hate the fact that the conservatives are split but they can be brought back together by Paul, DeMint and others. We must stop this stupidity coming from the Senate, but there are plenty of other things that the conservatives who have as much power as Boehner and the so-called “leadership” in the Republican Party.

    I can tell you with strong confidence that Boehner is out on his butt next year. American’s all over the country must do next year what we did last November. We must give as much money as we can and support conservatives who will run against all these country club Republican’s, these big government Republican’s who think that going along to get along will be enough to sustain their place in the House. We must show them that they are dead wrong. Cut the Spending Now!! Put this overbloated budget in the lap where it belongs and that is right in the lap of Obama and his robot followers in both Houses. They must go, and you know it.

    The power over the government is in OUR HANDS, AND LAST NOVEMBER PROVED IT. WE HAVE THE POWER, NOT REID, BOEHNER, OBAMA, OR ANY OF THESE LEFTISTS WHO THINK THEY DESERVE TO TAKE THE POWER FROM US. THEY DO NOT DESERVE ANYTHING BUT WHAT’S COMING TO THEM AND THAT IS A BOOT IN THE BUTT OUT OF OFFICE. WE CAN DO IT PEOPLE, WE CAN DO THIS BECAUSE THE LIBERALS ARE LAUGHING AT US AND CALL US MARGINAL EXTREMISTS. OKAY THEN, WE’LL PUT THE EXTREME RIGHT ON THEM NEXT NOVEMBER.