When the fiscal cliff talks end, we've really only just begun. I know that's frustrating, but it's true. Our financial conflict will continue until we get our budget back into balance. As you know, the problem is spending, and getting spending under control is also the answer to recharging this economy again.
As Congressman Lankford rightly noted in his report last week, for the last four years our nation has added more than $1 trillion in new debt each year. Unless we get our spending back in line, we will increase our national debt more in eight years than we did for the previous 230 years combined. As Vizzini says in The Princess Bride, that's "inconceivable!"
The idea that Obama has met Republicans "more than half way" on the fiscal cliff is laughable. He has backpedaled on spending & entitlement reforms, again, the answer to the problem at hand. David Brooks' point on Sunday about Obama being great at making intellectual concessions but not actual ones is exactly right.
Furthermore, just yesterday Obama again danced around the issue of entitlement reform on his Meet the Press "interview."
The President seems content with going over the cliff. He would've stopped playing politics a long time ago if he really wanted a deal. Raising taxes on "the rich" will do nothing to fix our problem. Nothing, and Democrats know it. His goal was always to destroy the Republican brand of "the party of lower taxes." He's a Chicago politician at heart...he wants annihilation.
Until we can pivot to a simple conversation on spending reforms (thank you Senator Coburn for trying) then we are fighting an uphill battle against a bare knuckled Chicago politician who unfortunately believes he has a mandate for bigger government.
It's inconceivable that we are in this position, but it's the hand of cards we got dealt on November 6th and the cards we must now work with. Conservatives should take the conversation about spending reform and economic freedom straight to the American people. If we can do this effectively then a majority of voters will be quoting Vizzini soon too.