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:
- Cut – Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.
- Cap – Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.
- 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.Â 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
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.