Posted by: Deborah D | December 14, 2010

GOP needs a Palin spine transplant.

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GOP needs a Palin spine transplant.

As the old school Republicans lick their fingers and raise them up to the breezes, Sarah Palin jumps in with both feet knowing in her gut what the right thing is. She does it regardless of consequences. Her weekend column in the Wall Street Journal coming out in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Roadmap for America’s Future throws the gauntlet down at the GOP insiders’ feet. Grow some or get off the stage. The political class has been unable or unwilling to get behind Ryan’s proposal, which would cut government, reform entitlements and chart a course to save the country for our children and theirs. Here’s a portion of Palin’s column:

The publication of the findings of the president’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform was indeed, as the report was titled, “A Moment of Truth.” The report shows we’re much closer to the budgetary breaking point than previously assumed. The Medicare Trust Fund will be insolvent by 2017. As early as 2025, federal revenue will barely be enough to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and interest on our national debt. With spending structurally outpacing revenue, something clearly needs to be done to avert national bankruptcy.

The commission itself calculates that, even if all of its recommendations are implemented, the federal budget will continue to balloon—to an estimated $5 trillion in 2020, from an already unprecedented $3.5 trillion today. The commission makes only a limited effort to cut spending below the current trend set by the Obama administration.

Among the few areas of spending it does single out for cuts is defense—the one area where we shouldn’t be cutting corners at a time of war. Worst of all, the commission’s proposals institutionalize the current administration’s new big spending commitments, including ObamaCare. Not only does it leave ObamaCare intact, but its proposals would lead to a public option being introduced by the backdoor, with the chairmen’s report suggesting a second look at a government-run health-care program if costs continue to soar.

It also implicitly endorses the use of “death panel”-like rationing by way of the new Independent Payments Advisory Board—making bureaucrats, not medical professionals, the ultimate arbiters of what types of treatment will (and especially will not) be reimbursed under Medicare.

The commission’s recommendations are a disappointment. That doesn’t mean, though, that the commission’s work was a wasted effort. For one thing, it has exposed the large and unsustainable deficits that the Obama administration has created through its reckless “spend now, tax later” policies. It also establishes a clear bipartisan consensus on the need to fundamentally reform our entitlement programs. We need a better plan to build on these conclusions with common-sense reforms to tackle our long-term funding crisis in a sustainable way.

You can read all of Palin’s column here:

She goes on to embrace Rep. Ryan’s plan as a way to stave off the bankruptcy of the nation. G. Tracy Mehan III at The American Spectator calls Palin’s column “a needed spine transplant to the Republican Party.”

Governor Palin nicely highlights the relative merits of the Ryan plan over the recent recommendations of the president’s Nation(al) Commission on Fiscal Responsibility which, while certainly calling for some necessary and painful cost-cutting proposals, “makes only a limited effort to cut spending below the current trend set by the Obama administration.”

Lest we forget, the National Commission is also proposing an additional trillion dollars of new taxes, something that is antithetical to everything the voters told us in the recent election and anathema to most Republicans.

So, if Republicans don’t want to raise taxes, they presumably want to cut discretionary spending and, even more importantly, reform runaway entitlement spending which is about ready to deluge the nation in red ink with the aging and retirement of the Baby Boomer generation now underway… Snip –

…Paul Ryan’s Roadmap. No sitting Republican in the House or Senate, no GOP governor, and no policy wonk in any conservative think tank has produced anything as comprehensive as Ryan’s magnum opus which deals with health care, taxes, entitlements, and economic growth all in one audacious proposal.

This last point, i.e., the need to energize economic growth, not simply stop the economic bleeding and outrageous spending, was not lost on the former Alaskan governor. Ryan’s proposal “does more than just fend off disaster,” says Palin. “CBO [Congressional Budget Office] calculations show that the Roadmap would also help create a ‘much more favorable macroeconomic outlook’ for the next half-century.” Snip –

The GOP’s no-show on the Ryan plan would be understandable if there were several other viable alternatives floating around out there in the political ether. There are none.

At some point, the Republican congressional leadership is going to have to… well… lead. In this case, leadership begins by educating the American people to the dimensions of the crisis they face, something Governor Palin actually gives the President’s commission credit for doing; but it cannot stop there…

The only game in town is Paul Ryan’s Roadmap around which Governor Palin is rallying the troops, be they independents, Tea Partiers or GOP mainstreamers. This may be her greatest contribution to the Republican Party and the nation in its time of need.

Sometimes it takes a woman. Regardless of how one feels about Sarah Palin as a potential presidential candidate, she has the guts to take the “insider” good-ole boy’s club head on. What was it James Carville said about Hillary vs. Obama? Something to the effect that if she gave him one of her “cojones” she’d still have more? Well, you can say that and more about Palin vs. the Republican establishment. She has done and is doing the Republican Party a favor. They look like wimps. It’s time to man-up and set a course for the country that your children and grandchildren would be proud of and Ronald Reagan would smile down on. Lead, follow, or get out of the way…Palin is leading. Time to follow. You can read all of Mehan here:


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