The 22-person list of congressional members who voted against Speaker Boehner's budget legislation deserve to be thanked. (Two of them were from my own state of Minnesota: Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack. South Carolina had us beat, though, as all five of their Republicans opposed the legislation.) I would not have necessarily voted against his final product, which included a balanced budget amendment. However, if those 22 members believe that Republicans could get a better end result by proposing an even better package, I am happy to stand behind them. They understand the conservative movement better than their leadership.
House Republicans are not doing a terrible job, but unfortunately, I do not think leadership really understands the mindset of conservatives, which is why they find themselves faking their way through the situation, trying to act conservative without really understanding why.
The fact of the matter is that our nation's economic policies are unsustainable. In 2002, the CBO projected that government spending would take 24% of the GDP by 2040, 30% in 2060, and 40% in 2075.
The CBO was wrong. Government spending takes 24% of the GDP today, 29 years sooner than predicted.
In 2002, the national debt was $6 trillion. Today, it is $14 trillion.
Between now and 2040, the nation will spend $160 trillion. John Boehner has proposed cutting $1 trillion over a number of years in the future. That number is nearly irrelevant in the grand scheme.
At this pace, hyperinflation and depression are inevitable in the next few decades. Should Republicans be a part of that, going along to get along so they can win elections and "at least keep Democrats out of office"?
I don't care if Republicans hold any political offices in the nation if they cannot solve the longterm spending crisis. If the American people want it solved, they should have at least one party they can vote for in order to make that happen.
If the American people would prefer to maintain the status quo until it is no longer manageable, that is their choice, and it should be the Democrats who give it to them.
They need to make the decision -- soon. Republicans need to stop wringing their hands, trying to figure out how to get re-elected. There are two basic groups in the country. One wants the economy to work. The other wants a complete economic crash. Republicans need to stop trying to appease both groups.
Meanwhile, John Boehner is just trying to figure out how to get re-elected. He has produced some decent budget legislation in the process, but for the wrong reasons. I would vote for it if it were the best we could get, but I am glad that some Republicans are standing up for their party's supposed beliefs.
Republicans who voted against the legislation were:
Justin Amash (Mich.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Jason Chaffetz (Utah), Chip Cravaack (Minn.), Scott DeJarlais (Tenn.), Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Trey Gowdy (S.C.), Tom Graves (Ga.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Timothy Johnson (Ill.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Steve King (Iowa), Tom Latham (Iowa), Connie Mack (Fla.), Tom McClintock (Calif.), Mick Mulvaney (S.C.), Ron Paul (Texas), Tim Scott (S.C.), Steve Southerland (Fla.), Joe Walsh (Ill.), and Joe Wilson (S.C.).