Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are planning to shut down the government in a week or so in hopes of scaring Republicans into agreeing to more modest cuts in spending.
The cuts Republicans have put on the table are far too little, far too late.
Republicans should not fear a Democrat-induced government shutdown. They should welcome it. They should welcome the opportunity to get on TV and explain what a tiny percentage of the budget is actually being cut – miniscule, meaningless.
They need to make the case directly to the American people that real budgetary reform is needed to keep America from going broke.
And, most of all, they should recognize that no amount of negotiating with Democrats is ever going to get them anywhere.
So where does that leave them?
With control of the House, Republicans have a secret weapon they need to deploy – not just as a bluff for more modest concessions from Democrats, but as an act of fiscal necessity.
That weapon is a no vote on raising the debt limit.
No bargaining is necessary. No negotiating with Democrats is necessary. All they have to do is vote no and Congress will be forced to cut the budget in draconian ways for the first time in American history.
It’s working, too. The campaign has sent nearly 1 million letters to House Republicans so far urging them to vote no on raising the debt limit. Since the campaign started, more and more House Republicans are getting on board.
Two weeks ago, it was 122. Today it is 142. We need 218 votes in the next two weeks.
But it’s really up to you.
I know it seems hard to believe that House Republicans hold all the cards, but they do. You won’t hear about it anywhere else. This is the deep, dark secret the media establishment would like you not to comprehend. There’s been virtually a media blackout on the idea that Republicans alone can stop the borrowing madness – without any help from Democrats.
Time is short, however. The vote on the debt limit will be coming up soon – possibly in the next two to three weeks.
Only the American people stand in the way of Republicans surrendering their secret weapon for good.
I honestly know of no other vehicle for rallying their support for this action than the “No More Red Ink” campaign. No one else is doing anything – not even the tea-party groups.
So let’s start our own tea-party movement right here and now.
Who says we can’t do it?
I am convinced that another million letters to House Republicans in the next two weeks will make all the difference in the world.
Most House Republicans want to do the right thing.
They just need encouragement from you.
Even the leadership will come along if the membership swings the right way.
Republicans control 241 votes, and it only takes 218 to stop the borrowing forever.