Am I the only one in America not wringing his hands over the fact that the debt limit nearly has been reached with no agreement to increase it in sight?

This is the best Washington news I’ve heard in years.

I’ve been campaigning for just such a time as this with the “No More Red Ink Campaign” since early 2011.

There’s no downside. America won’t default on its loan obligations unless Barack Obama determines to do so, like he determined to shut down national war memorials and national monuments to fan the flames of a bogus crisis over the partial government shutdown. There’s plenty of money to service the interest on the debt. That’s the money Washington actually seizes from every one of your paychecks each week – about $1.5 trillion a year. Serving the debt costs less than 10 percent of that amount.

There’s plenty of upside. In fact, as I have said many times, discontinuing borrowing is the only way Washington can ever be returned to something resembling constitutionally limited government in the short run.

You want to do away with Obamacare? Just don’t raise the debt limit. It’s gone.

You want to do away with the Department of Education and its intrusion into your children’s classrooms. Just don’t raise the debt limit. It’s gone.

You want to do away with subsidies for Planned Parenthood, the National Endowment for the Arts, PBS, NPR and other terrible programs? Just don’t raise the debt limit. It’s gone.

You want to do away with redistribution of wealth and return America to equal treatment under the law? Just don’t raise the debt limit. It’s gone.

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That’s what the “No More Red Ink Campaign” is all about. You like it? Support it. So far it has generated 1.5 million letters of support to House Republicans, who wield the power to implement the plan, if only they have the guts.

It would be a beautiful thing indeed. Republicans like to pretend they’re in favor of cutting government spending and stopping the borrowing, but they don’t use the power they have.

If they hear from Americans in big enough numbers, they just might do the right thing this time.

But let me give you a lesson in reality politics in Washington:

  • How a progressive Democrat fights: They not only demand everything they want, they demand more than they want, knowing they will most likely get what they want by demanding more.
  • How a conservative Republican fights: They never ask for what they want, because politics is the art of compromise. Therefore, they start with low expectations and generally get nothing.

It’s so obvious to me as someone who grew up and out of radical, left-wing politics in the 1960s and early 1970s – rubbing shoulders with Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dorhn, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden and many others like them.

We were an awful bunch, who got an awful lot of what we demanded, I regret to say.

There is another key to the success of the left-wing agitators: They never stop. They may lose 30 of 30 battles, as was the case when states were voting on same-sex marriage. But they kept on keeping on. You have to admire their relentlessness if not their morals.

That brings us to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, the titular leaders of the Republican House majority and the Republican Senate minority: What do they do? See bullet point two above. They wave the white flag of surrender at the first sign of conflict. In a way, there’s almost more honor among the progressive Democrats who at least fight for their misguided causes.

What about you?

Are you a fighter?

Or are you ready to give up on America?

How about giving the “No More Red Ink Campaign” one last push?


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