What Republicans Should Really Fear
Fear of being blamed for a government shutdown seems to be the driving force behind the GOP agenda lately. What Republicans should really fear is not a government shutdown. What they need to fear is far bigger.
Everyone, including Republicans, should fear a government that lives beyond its means. For too long we have allowed spending in Washington to snowball. We are now staring at $17 trillion in debt, and that number is only going to grow. We may very well hit $20 trillion in debt before Barack Obama finishes his second term, and that doesn't even touch the $90 trillion in unfunded liabilities that we must eventually do something about.
But fear is paralyzing the Republicans, making it impossible for them to even advocate for things that will work. Republicans need to stop playing defense. They need to be on offense, offering bold-colored solutions for our country. They can only kick the can down the road for so long. I know that they currently control only one branch of Congress, but retreating on principles that makes them stand out only makes matters worse, not better. They need to do a better job of articulating their ideas and they can't be afraid of the Left. Republicans worry about being labeled as “hating the poor” when they make suggestions on entitlement reform. Here's an idea: how about labeling Democrats “thieves.” After all, I've already explained how we are literally stealing from our children and grandchildren to pay for today's liberal promises.
We’ve seen this movie before (Greece). We know how this story ends, yet everyone in Washington, including Republicans, continue to lead us down that path nonetheless.
What the GOP is missing is an agenda to save America's future. Imagine being the party that offered and implemented the solutions which balanced our budget, created jobs, lessened government dependency, fostered economic growth and preserved our freedoms. I’m going to try and help conservatives with this in January – The Conservative Solutions Caucus.
Rand Paul: Budget Deal “Shameful”
Senator Rand Paul joined the Sean in the last hour of Thursday’s show to discuss the Ryan-Murray budget deal waiting for a vote in the House. Paul said that the two-year spending proposal is like many that have come before it. “There is a recurring theme in Washington budget negotiations. It’s ‘I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today,’” Paul said. “I think it’s a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now for the promise of cuts later.” You can listen to Sean’s entire radio interview with Rand Paul by visiting the Hannity.com show recap page here.