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How Not Wasting a Crisis Works

In the online Wall Street Journal, David Malpass has written an excellent opinion piece, And the Crisis Winner Is? Government. I encourage you to read the entire article. The point he is making is Governments on both sides of the Atlantic are trying to use the crisis to grow rather than shrink. Below is an excerpt:

In February, President Obama will be able to impose another $1.2 trillion debt-limit increase using special voting rules forced through Congress last August to avoid a government shutdown. It should be clear by now that politicians will not voluntarily reduce government or government debt. The so-called debt limit is harmful because it threatens default and broad government shutdowns, both unacceptable, but doesn’t limit spending at all.

The debt limit should be replaced with a new debt ceiling that forces Washington to cut spending. When the debt-to-GDP ratio is above target, Washington should suffer escalating penalties on its power, benefits and spending authority. There should be no threat of debt default or government shutdown. Instead, Washington should face a benefits straitjacket that is so uncomfortable for the president, his senior executives and Congress that they work around the clock to enact spending cuts and asset sales to bring debt back below target. They should get a bonus if they get the job done and embarrassing, escalating penalties if they don’t.

Here are some possible penalties: 1% pay cut per month for the 10,000 highest-paid government employees with a prohibition on it being restored; suspension of limousines for assistant secretaries and higher; market-rate monthly fee for free government parking. During periods of excess debt, the president should have impoundment authority but also be required to write a monthly letter to Congress stating preferred spending cuts equal to 20% of the fiscal deficit.

I like his suggestions for penalties, but unfortunately, I don’t believe there are enough elected constitutional conservatives sent to DC to make it happen. We need to see a heavy ball and chain attached to congress critters as an incentive to cut spending. This also reminds me of something former lobbyist Jack Abramoff said.

Sure. There were Congressmen there – there were very few – such as Congressman Dana Rohrabacher from California, who didn’t play golf, had no interest in it, and whenever he and I would go to dinner, he would pay. He never really cared about raising money, that’s why he never really moved up in terms of the rankings, because it’s all based on the money you raise.

On Dec. 14th at 7PM the House passed the NDAA bill 283-186. Dec. 15th at 4PM the Senate passed the NDAA bill 86-13 to avert the crisis of a government shutdown. On Dec. 16th, the House passed the omnibus bill 296-121, and more Democrats than Republicans voted “Yes.”  Dana Rohrabacher and 48 of the “very few” Congressmen voted “no” to spending additional money the government does not have. The 49 Congressman are listed below.

AZ-1 Gosar, Paul
AZ-5 Schweikert, David
AZ-6 Flake, Jeff
CA-4 McClintock, Tom
CA-40 Royce, Edward
CA-46 Rohrabacher, Dana
CA-48 Campbell, John
CO-3 Tipton, Scott
CO-6 Coffman, Mike
FL-14 Mack, Connie
FL-15 Posey, Bill
GA-7 Woodall, Rob
GA-9 Graves, Tom
ID Crapo, Michael
ID Risch, James
ID-1 Labrador, Raúl
ID-2 Simpson, Michael
IL-8 Walsh, Joe
IL-15 Johnson, Timothy
IN-3 Stutzman, Marlin
IN-4 Rokita, Todd
IN-5 Burton, Dan
IN-6 Pence, Mike
IN-8 Bucshon, Larry
KS-1 Huelskamp, Tim
KY Paul, Rand
MD-1 Harris, Andy
MI-2 Huizenga, Bill
MI-3 Amash, Justin
MI-7 Walberg, Timothy
NJ-5 Garrett, Scott
NC-3 Jones, Walter
OK Coburn, Thomas
SC DeMint, Jim
SC-3 Duncan, Jeff
SC-4 Gowdy, Trey
SC-5 Mulvaney, Mick
TN-1 Roe, Phil
TN-2 Duncan, John
TN-4 DesJarlais, Scott
TX-26 Burgess, Michael
UT Lee, Mike
UT-3 Chaffetz, Jason
VA-4 Forbes, J.
VA-5 Hurt, Robert
VA-6 Goodlatte, Robert
VA-9 Griffith, H.
WI-8 Ribble, Reid
WY-0 Lummis, Cynthia

Notice that there are no GOP Leadership names on the list. If our nation was on the right track, our leaders’ names would be there.

pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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  1. More than any other analyst, Pilgrim, you let us know just how long the road back will be….requiring the furrowed brow of resolve and not the intemperate outburst of anger.

    The occasional whack across the shins with a 32″ ash Richie Ashburn would feel might nice, however.

  2. I like the idea of penalties, but it will never happen. Instead of 1% per month, how about a 5% permanent reduction in pay & 5% permanent reduction in staff salary allowances for Congresscritters. I’m proud of Joe Walsh & Tim Johnson of Illinois, from districts adjoining mine; sad that I don’t see my guy’s name there: Aaron Schock; he’s probably too busy exercising his abs to vote nay.

  3. 2010 elections after the 1994 surely prove Washington will not, and probably cannot fix itself.
    These landslide elections also disprove the idea that voters and mere elections will make any difference.
    If the DC scum and the voters can’t accomplish a fix only one option is left. Article V.

      • Tell that to Jim DeMint. One man with courage can’t even begin to sustain a filibuster, let alone pass anything.

        Sorry to be Debbie Downer. It’s just that seeing my new, super-conservative, businessman-who-will-represent-the-taxpayers-and-bring-common-sense-to-DC, Billy Long, is not on the list. Neither is my new, experienced, knows-how-to-change-DC-and-stop-the-crazy-spending, Senator Roy Blunt.

        My hope and change (which actually seemed to be based at least a little bit on the things and candidates who really would try to stop the waste) has turned to despair and stagnation.

  4. I think Rush made a good point today, We The People are not buying their crisis crap, they have went to that well to often and so they just passed this quietly against the wishes of 86 CONSERVATIVES I do believe, but it does behoove us to PRIMARY these sums of bitches who keep spending money like it will be coming into the coffers forever!

  5. The class of 2010 was co-opted by House Leadership by the end of March 2011, and that might paint a dark picture, suggesting that there is no hope, because if there was EVER an election about hope and redemption, it was 2010.

    However, I think there are a couple of dynamics at work. 2012 will be different. We won’t make the same gains numerically in the House (we will actually make more gains in the Senate), but all the new blood will be sent there having no illusions about the short leash they are on from their constituents. A whole bunch of the class of 2010 will be sent there with whole sections of their asses removed during the election season. By definition, most of the Class of 2010 got there by winning a competitice race. Many or most will face competitive races from Democrats again. The Tea Party constituents will force these fecal-head losers to make very strong commitments to breaking the hold of House Leadership, or they’ll simply lose their House races due to lack of voter enthusiasm.

    The other dynamic is that the new President will be not even remotely kidding around about attacking this budget/spending/deficit crisis. And his name won’t be Romney either.

  1. More than any other analyst, Pilgrim, you let us know just how long the road back will be….requiring the furrowed brow of resolve and not the intemperate outburst of anger.

    The occasional whack across the shins with a 32″ ash Richie Ashburn would feel might nice, however.

  2. I like the idea of penalties, but it will never happen. Instead of 1% per month, how about a 5% permanent reduction in pay & 5% permanent reduction in staff salary allowances for Congresscritters. I’m proud of Joe Walsh & Tim Johnson of Illinois, from districts adjoining mine; sad that I don’t see my guy’s name there: Aaron Schock; he’s probably too busy exercising his abs to vote nay.

  3. 2010 elections after the 1994 surely prove Washington will not, and probably cannot fix itself.
    These landslide elections also disprove the idea that voters and mere elections will make any difference.
    If the DC scum and the voters can’t accomplish a fix only one option is left. Article V.

      • Tell that to Jim DeMint. One man with courage can’t even begin to sustain a filibuster, let alone pass anything.

        Sorry to be Debbie Downer. It’s just that seeing my new, super-conservative, businessman-who-will-represent-the-taxpayers-and-bring-common-sense-to-DC, Billy Long, is not on the list. Neither is my new, experienced, knows-how-to-change-DC-and-stop-the-crazy-spending, Senator Roy Blunt.

        My hope and change (which actually seemed to be based at least a little bit on the things and candidates who really would try to stop the waste) has turned to despair and stagnation.

  4. I think Rush made a good point today, We The People are not buying their crisis crap, they have went to that well to often and so they just passed this quietly against the wishes of 86 CONSERVATIVES I do believe, but it does behoove us to PRIMARY these sums of bitches who keep spending money like it will be coming into the coffers forever!

  5. The class of 2010 was co-opted by House Leadership by the end of March 2011, and that might paint a dark picture, suggesting that there is no hope, because if there was EVER an election about hope and redemption, it was 2010.

    However, I think there are a couple of dynamics at work. 2012 will be different. We won’t make the same gains numerically in the House (we will actually make more gains in the Senate), but all the new blood will be sent there having no illusions about the short leash they are on from their constituents. A whole bunch of the class of 2010 will be sent there with whole sections of their asses removed during the election season. By definition, most of the Class of 2010 got there by winning a competitice race. Many or most will face competitive races from Democrats again. The Tea Party constituents will force these fecal-head losers to make very strong commitments to breaking the hold of House Leadership, or they’ll simply lose their House races due to lack of voter enthusiasm.

    The other dynamic is that the new President will be not even remotely kidding around about attacking this budget/spending/deficit crisis. And his name won’t be Romney either.

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