It’s Showdown at the OK Corral

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While John Boehner plays golf with The Golfer-in-Chief, Eric Cantor walks out of budget negotiations, and Mitch McConnell drones on…and on…and on…on the Senate floor, there is a Who’s Who list of conservative groups which are actually attempting to do something about the spending orgy we’re on.

It’s called the Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you need to. And you can read about it right here. JIC you don’t have the dexterity to click the link, I’ll lay this out for you. It’s a simple 3-point pledge in which lawmakers pledge to not vote in favor of a debt ceiling increase without the following being attached to it:

  1. Cut – Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.
  2. Cap – Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.
  3. Balance – Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.

It’s sensible. It substantive. And it’ll work…if enough people get involved. And this doesn’t even require you leaving your keyboard or iPhone.

1) Follow the link to the site. When you enter your zip code, it will give you the names, contact phone numbers, websites, email addresses and twitter/facebook links for your Representative and Senators.  You can contact them in whichever manner is the most convenient for you.

2) If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, click on the little icon thingies and let your friends know about this (I’m the official technologically challenged editor of this fair site and if I can figure it out, there aren’t any excuses for anyone)

3) Take a look at the politicians who have signed this. There are currently 6 Presidential candidates, 12 Senators and 25 House Members who have signed the Pledge. Thank them. And if you find out that your guys/gals aren’t on the list, feel free to ask them why.

In fact, I’ll make this even easier. Below I’ve inserted some verbiage from an email recently sent out by cutcapbalancepledge.com:

We now must narrow our focus to urging key lawmakers to sign the pledge, particularly in the GOP leadership and in the U.S. Senate.

Will you commit to call this list right now?

HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (202) 225-0600

Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (202) 224-2541

Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (202) 225-0197

Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) (202) 224-4521

Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (202) 225-2915

Conference Lamar Alexander (R-TN) (202) 224-4944

Conference Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) (202) 225-3484

Policy Chair John Thune (R-SD) (202) 224-2321

RSC Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) (202) 225-4501

Conference (Vice) John Barrasso (R-WY) (202) 224-6441

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) (202) 225-2801

NRSC Chair John Cornyn (R-TX) (202) 224-2934

Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) (202) 225-3176

KEY SENATORS

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) (202) 224-5344

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) (202) 224-2315

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) (202) 224-4124

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) (202) 224-5623

Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) (202) 224-4814

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) (202) 224-6142

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) (202) 224-3344

Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) (202) 224-2752

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) (202) 224-3324

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) (202) 224-3154

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) (202) 224-5922

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) (202) 224-4843

We need to make HUNDREDS of calls to these offices TODAY. This is critical.

The fact that there are only 25 Congressmen and 12 Senators who have signed up for this common-sense legislation speaks volumes as to why the GOP leadership hasn’t taken a stronger stand on this make-or-break legislation. Right now, Boehner has more than enough Democrat votes to make up for the 25 Congressmen who have vowed to not vote for a debt ceiling raise sans meaningful spending cuts and reform. If the number of signees reaches into the 70 or 80 vote range (and there are enough Freshmen alone to make that happen), it will totally change the dynamic of the conversation(s) being held behind closed doors. These people aren’t noticed for possessing particularly high levels of testosterone but they can count.

This is a seminal moment in the drive to reduce Federal spending and not leave our kids and grandkids a bankrupt nation. Measure that against whatever it is that you’re doing right now and prioritize accordingly. When the going got tough, the Earp’s headed for the Corral. You don’t even need to get out of your chair.

Let’s roll!

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eburke
Constitutional conservative living in the frozen tundra. American first, conservative second, and Precinct Committeeman because I got tired of ColdWarrior hassling me about it (which, btw, led me to being elected as GOP County Chair, to my Congressional District Central Committee and to the state Central Committee).
Fervent believer that if we followed the Tenth Amendment more, we'd be hassled by the government a lot less.

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haystack
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July 1, 2011 9:19 am

Outstanding info eburke. It can’t get much easier…except for picking up the phone and actually making the call.

‘Course, next thing we need to do is put the heat on all of these…ahem, gentlefolk…and see to it that they get it passed. THAT’S a little less straightforward.

Nice work here man.

texasgalt
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July 1, 2011 10:05 am

There is a way to stop the insane spending. This is it cut-cap-balance.