By that he means the Tea Party Movement. Stand strong my little mobsters.
From yesterday’s This Week, Rand Paul is asked by Christiane Amanpour if Paul would vote for an increase in the debt ceiling. It’s the latest and greatest gotcha question from the left. Vote to increase it, and you are not a fiscal conservative, the left reckons. Vote against raising the ceiling, and chaos ensues. Rand Paul does not back down. Plus he sends a message to the “old school” Republicans. “We are co-opting Washington.”
The plan for people like Paul is to force cuts in the budget before there is any vote to increase the debt ceiling. In other words, unless we can show the public we are serious about reducing the size of government, we will indeed vote against the debt ceiling increase. Risky? Without an increase in the debt ceiling, the Government can’t pay its bills and the government “shuts down”. You tell me. Compromise?
Oh, listen to Rand Paul as Christiane tries to pin Paul down on Federal spending cuts. Smack down.
And it’s not just Rand Paul who will hold the line on the debt until there are cuts in the budget.
Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, was asked Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether he would vote to raise the debt ceiling, and said, “No, I won’t.”
“Not unless this debt ceiling is combined with some path to balancing our budget, returning to 2008 spending levels, repealing Obamacare. We have got to demonstrate that we have the resolve to cut spending … we cannot allow that to go through the Congress without showing the American people that we are going to balance the budget, and we’re not going to continue to raise the debt in America,” he said.
I don’t think it’s that risky. Oh to be sure, there will be a lot of noise with Democrats accusing of, umm, holding the budget process hostage, along with tax cuts, blah, blah, blah. Watch for this to become the battle de jour in the next Congress.