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Letter to Mr. Boehner: Knock It Off With the Fait Accompli Nonsense

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Today, I read an article that quoted the following:

“The Democrats think they benefit from a government shutdown. I agree,” Boehner said during a closed-door, 90-minute meeting on House Republicans on Monday night, according to several lawmakers who attended the session.

Boehner’s opinion was quickly backed up GOP lawmakers who were serving in Congress during 1995, when former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) squared off with then-President Bill Clinton by shutting down the government twice. Reps. Don Young (Alaska), Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) and Buck McKeon (Calif.) — a close ally — supported Boehner’s position. Dozens of other Republicans rallied to support Boehner as well, in a moment that one GOP insider called a “turning point” for House Republicans”

Just one major flaw in this line of logic….This is not 1995.  This is 2011.

In 1995, the U.S. deficit was approximately $5 trillion.  In 2011, the U.S. deficit is approximately 14 trillion dollars with politicians trying to raise the cap on the debt spending limit.

In 1995, the U.S. trade deficit stood at approximately $153 billion.  By 2010, the U.S trade deficit had increased to $500 billion.

In 2011, we have more than 50 million people receiving Medicaid.  Over 40 million people are receiving food stamps.  Close to 10 million people are receiving extended unemployment benefits.  More than 4.4 million people are on welfare.  We have 22.5 million government employees. We are involved in three separate wars.  We have duplicate agencies that we don’t need to have to begin with.  We have irresponsible legislators who spend money faster than water can move through a sieve.

All of the preceding are being paid with public funds.

We can’t keep going on this way, Mr. Boehner.  In a report generated by the IMF last year, they pointed out that if we continue on the current course our nation is taking, our debt will reach 100% of GDP by 2015.  It was made extremely plain that this is what will happen if we continue to follow the course of action that has been set out by President Obama.  The word of the IMF may not mean that much to certain segments of Americans, but we can count on it that our creditors will be considering what the IMF has to say.

We have to reduce the deficit.  There is no other way.

You aren’t helping us any by making these fait accompli comments that project failure for Republicans based on events that occurred in 1995.  You’re giving our opponents a means of undermining us.  If you don’t believe that to be truth, then check out this, this, this, and this.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This is not 1995.  This is 2011.  Past isn’t always prelude, Mr. Boehner, and history doesn’t always repeat itself.

So knock it off with the fait accompli nonsense.

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    • Thank you, Lady Penguin

      There are so many differences in circumstances between 2011 and 1995, even beyond what I mentioned. President Obama isn’t former President Clinton. And conservatives weren’t as proactively involved in 1995 as we are now.

      And China wasn’t our major creditor.

  1. Great post…great analysis…great research, lineholder.

    Instead of this fait accompli attitude, we (as in our ‘leadership’) should be out every day with the easiest PR job in history:

    “If you’re wondering why we’re at this place, I’d invite you to look to the Democrats. This is the budget that *they* were responsible for passing when the controlled *all* of the levers of power. They punted on it then…they continue to punt on it now.”

    All day…every day.

    • eburke, thank you.

      It may be effective to approach the situation in the way that you have mentioned, but after reading on some liberal blogs how they consider themselves anti-poverty champions and conservatives as a form of evil that wants to keep people in poverty…they have this drilled into their minds so deep, eburke, that I really don’t know if they could look at the situation objectively.

      I’m not a world-government supporter by any means, but I am realistic about global trading and the impact that it could have in other nations besides our own if we don’t honor our debts. Maybe I should ask some of these liberals whether they have ever considered this part of it….

    • texasgalt, thanks.

      John Boehner his share of strengths, but he has a very real point of weakness when it comes to fear that 1995 will repeat itself. What’s more, he’s let it be known that this is a point of weakness.

      Our opponents are playing on it for all they are worth right now.

  2. You knocked it out of the park, LH. We Americans must call out this craven behavior. Thanks for researching and writing on this topic. With the liklihood of a shutdown at 50-50 right now, I find myself resigned to the fact that leadership will not have the fight in them to let it happen.

    Way to go.

    • redneck hippie, thank you.

      My viewpoint on this is very simplistic. We can either do what has to be done to reduce our debt now or we can wait and let our creditors do it for us.

      We’re going to have more options if we do it ourselves.

      I’m praying that Republican leadership will find the strength to stand their ground, but I’m as realistic as you that this may not happen.

    • Thank you, bobmontgomery.

      Absolutely agree regarding the increase in regulatory measures since Obama took office.

      I wish there was some way that more Americans could become aware of how excessive regulatory practices have stifled and all but destroyed the economy in other countries, such as Greece.

      Tourism was once a major source of income for Greece. The government starting regulating it heavily. These regulations became obstacles that prevented growth and development in the tourism industry. The profit margin dropped, as did the tax base derived from this industry.

      It’s events such as these that have contributed to crisis that Greece is facing now.

      Is that really what we the people want to see happen here in our country?

      • Great info ‘holder and I too have been arguing that we are on the precipice, but I didn’t know that 50 million are on Medicaid and 40 Million are on food stamps. In a nation of 300 million. This is moving towards depression numbers. God help the GOP leadership to have courage and competence.

    • Thank you, Lady Penguin

      There are so many differences in circumstances between 2011 and 1995, even beyond what I mentioned. President Obama isn’t former President Clinton. And conservatives weren’t as proactively involved in 1995 as we are now.

      And China wasn’t our major creditor.

  1. Great post…great analysis…great research, lineholder.

    Instead of this fait accompli attitude, we (as in our ‘leadership’) should be out every day with the easiest PR job in history:

    “If you’re wondering why we’re at this place, I’d invite you to look to the Democrats. This is the budget that *they* were responsible for passing when the controlled *all* of the levers of power. They punted on it then…they continue to punt on it now.”

    All day…every day.

    • eburke, thank you.

      It may be effective to approach the situation in the way that you have mentioned, but after reading on some liberal blogs how they consider themselves anti-poverty champions and conservatives as a form of evil that wants to keep people in poverty…they have this drilled into their minds so deep, eburke, that I really don’t know if they could look at the situation objectively.

      I’m not a world-government supporter by any means, but I am realistic about global trading and the impact that it could have in other nations besides our own if we don’t honor our debts. Maybe I should ask some of these liberals whether they have ever considered this part of it….

    • texasgalt, thanks.

      John Boehner his share of strengths, but he has a very real point of weakness when it comes to fear that 1995 will repeat itself. What’s more, he’s let it be known that this is a point of weakness.

      Our opponents are playing on it for all they are worth right now.

  2. You knocked it out of the park, LH. We Americans must call out this craven behavior. Thanks for researching and writing on this topic. With the liklihood of a shutdown at 50-50 right now, I find myself resigned to the fact that leadership will not have the fight in them to let it happen.

    Way to go.

    • redneck hippie, thank you.

      My viewpoint on this is very simplistic. We can either do what has to be done to reduce our debt now or we can wait and let our creditors do it for us.

      We’re going to have more options if we do it ourselves.

      I’m praying that Republican leadership will find the strength to stand their ground, but I’m as realistic as you that this may not happen.

    • Thank you, bobmontgomery.

      Absolutely agree regarding the increase in regulatory measures since Obama took office.

      I wish there was some way that more Americans could become aware of how excessive regulatory practices have stifled and all but destroyed the economy in other countries, such as Greece.

      Tourism was once a major source of income for Greece. The government starting regulating it heavily. These regulations became obstacles that prevented growth and development in the tourism industry. The profit margin dropped, as did the tax base derived from this industry.

      It’s events such as these that have contributed to crisis that Greece is facing now.

      Is that really what we the people want to see happen here in our country?

      • Great info ‘holder and I too have been arguing that we are on the precipice, but I didn’t know that 50 million are on Medicaid and 40 Million are on food stamps. In a nation of 300 million. This is moving towards depression numbers. God help the GOP leadership to have courage and competence.

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