Video: The time has come to take Reagan’s advice

posted at 6:55 pm on July 27, 2011 by Tina Korbe

When “Cut, Cap and Balance” failed the Senate and both chambers of Congress regrouped around new plans, the first to go of the three crucial elements in the House’s original plan was a balanced budget amendment. Neither of the deficit reduction plans presently on the table provides for the passage of a BBA. It’s also the element of CCB most frequently decried as unrealistic. But political lights from Thomas Jefferson to Ronald Reagan have called for such an amendment, as this video from GOP Labs illustrates.

Let President Obama say, “We don’t need more studies; we don’t need a balanced budget amendment.” If ever any unfolding drama proved the need for such an amendment, the drama of the past week has been it. Leave cuts to Congress and what do you get? CBO-certified gimmicks on both sides — even on the side of one sincerely trying to garner savings, one who says he also “wanted more.”

As former President Ronald Reagan says in this video, “Most Americans understand the need for a balanced budget and most have seen how difficult it is for the Congress to withstand the pressures to spend more. … We tried the carrot and it failed. With the stick of a balanced budget amendment, we can stop government’s squandering and overtaxing ways and save our economy.”

 


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Um, okay?

If CCB won’t pass the Senate because of Reid’s obstinacy, are we to magically assume that a BBA will get an up-or-down vote?

KingGold on July 27, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Now we just need someone to “stick” it to them.
Hello operator? Get me Wasilla…

eyesky on July 27, 2011 at 6:59 PM

I hope they do it but the minute it becomes law they will be figuring out a way around it. That’s what they do.

Cindy Munford on July 27, 2011 at 6:59 PM

I expect Obama to allow the nation to fail if he can’t get his own way…miserable spoilt child of a “president”. We must vote him out or find grounds to impeach this miserable fraud

clnurnberg on July 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

And I think it’s funny that The Won doesn’t think we need any more studies, isn’t he commission man?

Cindy Munford on July 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Boehner’s new and revised Plan.

Though it does not include cuts in the trillion-dollar range most of us want, it just may be able to pass the Democrat majority in the Senate. Not that they’re making any cuts possible otherwise.

Lourdes on July 27, 2011 at 7:03 PM

HOLD THE LINE! Default or CCB….OR

Default much later and have more serious consequences.

Oil Can on July 27, 2011 at 7:04 PM

OUCH! That’s going to leave a mark!

The War Planner on July 27, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Boehner’s new and revised Plan.

Though it does not include cuts in the trillion-dollar range most of us want, it just may be able to pass the Democrat majority in the Senate. Not that they’re making any cuts possible otherwise.

Lourdes on July 27, 2011 at 7:03 PM

My suggestion at this point is: when the inevitale screed from the Dems begins after the passage of Boehner’s Revised Plan (if it does pass the Senate and Obama’s poison pen), after and at every complaint by them, we blame them because this is “what they wanted”, “agreed to” and the rest.

We have to take their fight to them and stop trying to “hold the line”.

Lourdes on July 27, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Lourdes on July 27, 2011 at 7:05 PM

HOLD THE LINE! Default or CCB….OR

Default much later and have more serious consequences.

Oil Can on July 27, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Hehe, what I just wrote before reading what you just wrote. Interesting.

Lourdes on July 27, 2011 at 7:06 PM

If the Ruling class wants a new credit card they’ll should have to renegotiate the terms with the American people.

Cut, Cap and Balance!

Keep your promises, Republican Party.

FloatingRock on July 27, 2011 at 7:07 PM

The tea party dealt the Republican Party a full house in ’10 yet they are still on the verge of folding.

FloatingRock on July 27, 2011 at 7:09 PM

And Reagan, being that Great Communicator that he was, should be more realistically recognized as being, also, a great bargainer. He had moral absolutes — which is why so many of us loved him and admired him — but he also engaged in alternatives as to legislation combined with his morally-absolute-declarations as cautions.

I’m not suggesting going squishy, but, I think we should ALSO focus on winning a Senate majority sooner than later and, of course, the Presidency in 2012 for 2013 and KEEP ON THE PATH of reducing spending and balancing the budget with reducing taxes. It’s not going to be resolved under current circumstances (my hunch) and it’s going to be an ongoing process. The most urgent issue from my point of view is getting a sane group into the Executive Branch in 2012 and maintaining a growing GOP majority in Congress.

Lourdes on July 27, 2011 at 7:10 PM

And I think it’s funny that The Won doesn’t think we need any more studies, isn’t he commission man?

Cindy Munford on July 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Obama is not a sane man. Nor a moral man. Nor an ethical one.

He’s an irrational ideologue saddled with a great deal of personal greed.

Obama is not “all there in the head.”

Lourdes on July 27, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Good to see President Reagan again…

… Obowma, not so much.

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2011 at 7:14 PM

And I think it’s funny that The Won doesn’t think we need any more studies, isn’t he commission man?

Cindy Munford on July 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Obama is not a sane man. Nor a moral man. Nor an ethical one.

He’s an irrational ideologue saddled with a great deal of personal greed.

Obama is not “all there in the head.”

Lourdes on July 27, 2011 at 7:12 PM

I think you’re both correct.

hawkdriver on July 27, 2011 at 7:15 PM

GOP leadership sucks.
(now that we got that out of the way)

I’m still willing to give the GOP one more chance….IF a TRUE Tea Party person is the nominee in 2012. I don’t believe what Rush said today on his show “we’re all republicans”.

UH, NO RUSH……THE GOP is not us anymore.

Even Saint Reagan talked a big game about the Dept of Education and Energy and shutting gov’t agencies and commissions but can someone show me one single agency or commission or council that Reagan got rid of?

We need a FEARLESS Conservative (not a pretender like Bush 43 turned out to be) that is willing to CUT, SLASH, AND BURN the fat off of this budget (we can count the legions of worthless studies….Gay mens dealywhacker sizes, Fat in French fries, is Oatmeal really a cancer fighter, Snail Darter studies, studies about Animal s*xual behavior, and on and on…).

It’s going to take a WARRIOR to do this job, and too champion a Balanced Budget amendment.

Who can be that Warrior?

PappyD61 on July 27, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Do RINO’s really want their futures decided in secret backroom meetings between socialists and corporatists? Is that to be America’s future?

FloatingRock on July 27, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Reporter: Which is worse? Because the president is saying – essentially – he would rather have a default than to have vote on this next year, that doesn’t make any sense.

Reporter: Would this not be an opportune time for a president to lead and say this…….

Carney: Leadership is not proposing a Plan.

Is the light dawning on the WH Press Corpse?

Chip on July 27, 2011 at 7:17 PM

And I think it’s funny that The Won doesn’t think we need any more studies, isn’t he commission man?

Cindy Munford on July 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

If he was in the middle of a firefight surrounded by a well-armed enemy, he would appoint a commission or committee among the soldiers in his fox hole so they could come up with ideas on how to get out, then let the situation deteriorate to the point of extinction.

His entire world is a but a faculty lounge cum Cheers where everybody knows your name but nobody knows how to get it done.

TXUS on July 27, 2011 at 7:19 PM

So was Reagan a Hobbit?

Electrongod on July 27, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Sorry to be O/T, but any here in S TX, a maybe storm is coming. If you want to keep up to what is happening, go to stormpulse.com.
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letget on July 27, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Reuters reports all 53 Senate Democrats have vowed to block Boehner’s plan.

Someone tell me again how this is the only viable plan we have, and how a weak plan that won’t pass is better than a strong plan that won’t pass.

amerpundit on July 27, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Reuters reports all 53 Senate Democrats have vowed to block Boehner’s plan.

Someone tell me again how this is the only viable plan we have, and how a weak plan that won’t pass is better than a strong plan that won’t pass.

amerpundit on July 27, 2011 at 7:30 PM

That’s part of the strategy. If the Senate Ds block this plan, they’re three strikes and out. Strike one: Failing to pass Ryan. Strike two: Failing to pass CCB. Strike three: Failing to pass Boehner. They will own this lock stock and barrel, and the 2012 ads will write themselves.

TXUS on July 27, 2011 at 7:37 PM

That’s part of the strategy. If the Senate Ds block this plan, they’re three strikes and out. Strike one: Failing to pass Ryan. Strike two: Failing to pass CCB. Strike three: Failing to pass Boehner. They will own this lock stock and barrel, and the 2012 ads will write themselves.

TXUS on July 27, 2011 at 7:37 PM

All of which they’ve declared too extreme, and the media has played along conveying to the public the same narrative.

The 2008 ads wrote themselves, too. Unfortunately they did didley-squat when it came to overcoming the established narrative.

amerpundit on July 27, 2011 at 7:40 PM

CBO-certified gimmicks on both sides — even on the side of one sincerely trying to garner savings, one who says he also “wanted more.”

I guess I missed something Tina. What gimmicks on the GOP side did the CBO-certify?

Texas Gal on July 27, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Reuters reports all 53 Senate Democrats have vowed to block Boehner’s plan.

Someone tell me again how this is the only viable plan we have, and how a weak plan that won’t pass is better than a strong plan that won’t pass.

amerpundit on July 27, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Even if they block it, they’ll pass Reid’s plan in the Senate and use reconciliation to basically slam something no one will vote for down our throats. That’s why it’s important to not pass Boehner’s plan.

AUH2O on July 27, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Even if they block it, they’ll pass Reid’s plan in the Senate and use reconciliation to basically slam something no one will vote for down our throats. That’s why it’s important to not pass Boehner’s plan.

AUH2O on July 27, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Huh? Republicans would have to accept and vote for the Reid plan in the House for it to pass.

amerpundit on July 27, 2011 at 7:46 PM

All appropriation and spending bills must originate in the House.

BobMbx on July 27, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Damn I miss the gipper!

Tim_CA on July 27, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I expect Obama to allow the nation to fail if he can’t get his own way…miserable spoilt child of a “president”. We must vote him out or find grounds to impeach this miserable fraud

clnurnberg on July 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

He will force the nation to fail if he gets his way. We’re screwed.

Slowburn on July 27, 2011 at 8:13 PM

AS OBAMA REMINDED US, THE GIPPER SIGNED 18 DEBT CEILING HIKES IN HIS TWO TERMS.

THAT’S MORE THAN 2/YEAR.

GW BUSH SIGNED 7 OVER HIS EIGHT YEARS IN OFFICE – NEARLY ONE FOR EACH YEAR HE SERVED.

OBAMA DOESN’T EVEN WANT TO SIGN 2 IN HIS WHOE FOUR YEAR TERM

WHO IN THE EFF DOES HE THINK HE IS!?!?

ALL WE NEED FOR A DEAL OS FOR OBAMA TO AGREE TO SIGN A DEBT CEILING HIKE NOW AND ANOTHER NEXT YEAR.

OBAMA IS HOLDING THE COUNTRY HOSTAGE.

HE IS EVIL.

reliapundit on July 27, 2011 at 8:17 PM

“If ever any unfolding drama proved the need …, the drama of the past week has been it.”

Yeah, it also proved the need for a new Speaker. Boehner can’t negotiate worth beans and he’s just not capable of improving. The last two weeks have been a rerun of the last ten years of his career- at least. Sure conventional wisdom says different, but conventional wisdom is what and how the RINOs think. Not what clear thinking people with a spine would do in the same circumstances.

JimP on July 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM

People always use “Carrot and Stick” wrongly.

The stick is what you tie a carrot to in order to hold it if front of a mule’s, ass’ or horse’s face to coax them in to moving.

A stick is a separate thing.

esnap on July 27, 2011 at 8:53 PM

All of which they’ve declared too extreme, and the media has played along conveying to the public the same narrative.

The 2008 ads wrote themselves, too. Unfortunately they did didley-squat when it came to overcoming the established narrative.

amerpundit on July 27, 2011 at 7:40 PM

While I share your pessimism to a degree, today’s average guy and gal voter is much more tuned in today than then, thanks to the new media, and to their own awakened common sense. The Ds can spin what they will, but the peeps out there understand that you can’t spend more than you take in.

TXUS on July 27, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Consider that as we speak, Demorats are urging Barry to interpret the 14th Amendment to require him to raise the debt limit through executive fiat. Consider countless Supreme Court opinions interpreting the original Constitution to protect the “right” to an abortion, or the right of the federal government to mandate that you donate to FICA, or the Commerce Clause of that same document to permit EPA to define a dry creek bed as a “water of the US” requiring a Clean Water Act discharge permet, etc., etc., etc., and ask yourself how long the Balanced Budge Amendment will last. Trade it for something if you can, but don’t think for a minute that is has any real value worth fighting for.

FalseProfit on July 27, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I can’t believe anyone’s invoking Reagan’s name when it comes to debt. He more than tripled US debt in his 8 years and raised the debt limit a whopping 18 times. Obama’s got nothing on this guy.

Typhonsentra on July 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM