Friday, July 15, 2011

GOP's time for choosing

I cannot recommend highly enough this column by Erick Erickson on

Here is the start:

Dear House Republicans,

In the election of 2010, voters sent you to Washington to do two things: (1) End Obamacare and (2) pull us back from the brink of financial ruin.

You have failed at the first task. Obamacare remains. You never even seriously attempted to restrain its funding or implementation. Heck, you haven’t even saved the incandescent lightbulb.

Will you now fail at the second task too?

If you cave, fold, or compromise on the President’s terms, you will have failed in both your missions. If you support Mitch McConnell’s plan, you will have decisively failed.

Now is a time for choosing. Now is your time for choosing.As I pointed out to John Boehner yesterday, despite what the pundits in Washington are telling you, it is you and not Obama who hold most of the cards.

And I agree.

In fact, Erick makes a point that few have made prominently: that if the GOP folds in this fight (or compromises or capitulates), they will lose every fight from here on in as President Obama and the Democrats will have set the precedent of holding hostage Social Security checks for granny.

It will all be because if you lose this fight now, the Democrats will know for certain from here on out that they can use withholding entitlements as a tool to force your hand.

He's right.

Erick makes great points about what pundits, the chattering class and others are saying - and how they're wrong in their assessments. He concludes with this:

House Republicans, this is a time for choosing: Do you choose to be more courageous than the Democrats who were willing to risk defeat to advance socialism? Is keeping your job more important to you than saving the country? If so, the odds are you will both lose your job and lose your country.

This is a time for choosing. Choose wisely.

I hope you'll read the entire column. It will provide you with good points to make when you call the members of the House and Senate and tell them to 'not blink' and go ahead and all Obama's bluff (especially since he's already admitted he's bluffing - lol).

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