Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rand Paul on the debt-talks charade
The Washington establishment isn’t one party or the other.

Rather, it is the mindset shared by both major parties in Washington that you simply cannot fix our government and balance the budget.

I hope I’m wrong, but it seems the establishment is pushing a backroom “deal” to raise the debt limit without really changing the way Washington works.

On one day, Speaker Boehner is rumored to be including tax hikes in the deal. Then, the reports turn to a deal to cut small, unspecified, unenforceable amounts in the future.

Both deals are wrong, and both deals are shams. Even if they weren’t, our country can’t wait any longer. A future of fiscal responsibility has to start now.

You’ve probably seen reports of these rumored deals and know that Speaker Boehner and others don’t seem to have a plan to force the issue of balancing the budget.

I can tell you this for certain: Any deal that does not include a strict Balanced Budget Amendment, along with significant, immediate spending cuts that fundamentally change the way Washington operates, is a deal that should be rejected by Republicans in Congress.

It certainly will be rejected by the American people.

A Balanced Budget Amendment doesn’t even require the signature of the President. It simply needs Congress to stand up and act.

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