I happened to catch a bit of an interview this morning with Dick Durbin on CBS This Morning. “Trickie Dickie” is the senior senator from Illinois, the bastion of political purity and honesty. (OK, now I’ll take my tongue out of my cheek.) Dick is also the Senate Majority Whip, responsible for keeping Democrats in line with the marching orders issued by Harry Reid and Barack Obama.
Let’s face it: Democrats have long been better at the political game than Republicans. I’ve been a Democrat and I know that from the inside. As a master politician and an avoider of truth, Dick did such a good job of peddling dishonesty this morning that I quickly lost my appetite and I failed to eat breakfast. Here are a couple of gems from his commentary.
He lashed out at Paul Ryan (R-WI) for his budget-cutting plan entitled A Roadmap for America’s Future. In my estimation, it should be entitled A Different Roadmap for America’s Future because the Obama regime already has a map and it includes a sharp decline as the nation goes over a financial cliff. That being said, there is much in the Ryan plan that is admirable. But Durbin criticized it for its lack of balance. You know the complaint: Republicans don’t want to increase taxes.
What Durbin failed to say is that the solution must be proportionate to the problem. The nation does not have an income problem … what we have is a spending problem. This is precisely why the Democrat-controlled Senate, under Harry Reid’s frightening and irresponsible leadership, refuses to pass a budget (it’s been more than 1,060 days). Any realistic budget will have to make cuts, and cuts always anger somebody. So the Senate dodges the problem in order to give the Democrats an edge in the next election (Obama included).
Honestly, when it comes to taxes, I understand that they’re necessary. Any community of persons that spends as a corporate body must have a system for the financing of community interests. What we have now, however, isn’t healthy. Spending choices have more to do with keeping large blocks of voters happy so that politicians can be re-elected. It’s dangerous. It will be the end of the nation as we know it. As we move rapidly toward socialism it will mean less wealth for most of us, but more for the powerful elites in office and more for their cronies in industry and in Hollywood.
Durbin really showed his dancing abilities when the CBS interviewer asked about gas prices. In line with the Obama mantra, he talked about alternative fuels and efficiency. That’s all fine and good, but it’s tough to pay almost $4.00 a gallon for gasoline while you’re driving on top of enough underground resources to provide fuel for the next 100 years. Oh, Durbin also got a chance to get to mention the re-election line that is destined to go down in history: Obama can fix all our problems if we just give him another term.
God help us if this becomes the case. I suspect that the 2012 election is our last chance to slow the economic blood-letting. Make no mistake, dear reader, the election of Mitt Romney (which I predict will take place) will not change our course dramatically. But it will slow the economic death march on which we’ve embarked. What I fear, however, is that it’s too late to avoid some of the most difficult consequences of our past mistakes. If the economic chickens come home to re-roost after we put a Republican in the White House, the popular tide may change again and we may quickly return to Democrat control of Congress and the Presidency.
An honest plan of real cuts to spending is our only hope. It’s not enough to talk about cuts to future growth in spending–we need cuts now. Many Republicans are afraid to say it, and this includes my own congressman, Steven Palazzo (R-MS). He calls himself a conservative and certainly appears on track to be re-elected now that he has taken the Republican primary victory. Compared to Obama he is a conservative. In the court of common sense and national salvation … not so much.
I suppose such realities are the reason that I voted for Ron Paul in the Mississippi presidential primary. I still harbor concerns about his foreign policy. He’s not a perfect candidate; none of them are perfect. But I suspect that Paul’s sense of urgency is so overwhelming that he would make immediate changes upon assuming office. Those changes would be much like a U-turn on the interstate. One way or the other our Ship of State has to come about. At some point the plug in the tub will pop and the ship will sink if we remain on our present course.
Friends warned me that a vote for Paul was a wasted vote. Perhaps. But it sends a signal. Nearly 13,000 of us in Mississippi cast our vote for Ron Paul. I think we’re trying to send a message: “it’s time to change course.” With every passing day I am more confident that my prediction of a Romney nomination will come to pass, but signs of disappointment abound. Illinois Republicans turned out in very low numbers. They are not excited about Romney. Interestly, though, Ron Paul received twice as large a percentage of the vote in Illinois as he did in Mississippi.
Our nation is at a “hinge moment” in its history. Let’s follow the course over the next few months and let’s remember to pray for our country. Feel free to offer your own comments on this blog, even if you disagree. I don’t have all the answers. Please invite your friends to join us here as well. I suspect we’re going to be surprised by some of the things that take place between now and November. We need a place for reasoned debate on the significance of those events.