Friday, January 14, 2011

Let's Make the Democrats Play Debt Ceiling Cap-and-Trade!

Great post by Doug Ross!

America is about to hit its $14 trillion debt ceiling at which point the country's credit card is maxed out. Republicans need to do two things: they must brand their efforts to cut government spending and they must also force radical cuts upon an out-of-control federal government. We have no choice if we are to save this country -- and Democrats aren't going to play nice.

So we'll negotiate a compromise of sorts, which I believe is my awesomest idea ever. I call it Debt Ceiling Cap-and-Trade. We'll negotiate a deal wherein Republicans will agree to raise the ceiling as long as a set of future cuts are signed into law.

The Branding Is Simple: No More Blank Checks

The branding is as simple as it gets. For too long, the taxpayers have been robbed blind by politicians willing to borrow from generations yet unborn to fund their various entitlement schemes, pork and pet projects.

Those days are over.

Whenever a Democrat tries to tar a Republican as cruel or heartless, the response is concise and honest: No more blank checks.

Let the Democrats Pick the Spending Cuts

I call this part of the plan 'Debt Ceiling Cap-and-Trade'. We conservatives are nothing if not tolerant, so we'll let the Democrats pick their spending cuts. But they must choose from our list.

And since Democrats love Cap-and-Trade, we'll let them determine which of their delightful programs get slashed and which survive. Here are their choices:

Since Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives added more than $5 trillion in new deficits, we'll use that figure as our minimum (we'll call it the 'cap', just for fun). Each trillion will be represented by a "point".

Democrats are free to pick any combination of programs that total up to 5 points. They get to choose. If they want the debt ceiling raised, they have to get to 5.

And the country benefits all around.

Seriously -- this is my bestest idea ever. Pass it on to your friends and family members. If we don't lay down the law now, when will we?

And the branding is simple enough even for a RINO to understand. No more blank checks!


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