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Graham To GOP: Be Quiet (And Hope For Cuts)

From the Politico:

Lindsey Graham to Republicans: ‘Be quiet’

By KEVIN CIRILLI | December 10, 2012

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that it’s time for Republicans “to be quiet for a while” and wait to see if Democrats are willing to negotiate reducing entitlements in the fiscal cliff negotiations.

“I’d put revenue on the table only if they do entitlement reform. Here’s what I don’t hear: I don’t hear any Democrat of note saying, ‘Here’s what I would do on the entitlement side,’” Graham said on Fox News. “So if I were Republicans, I would be quiet for a while and see what the Democrats put on the table for entitlement reform.”

This seems to be more of the brilliant strategy that some other Republican leaders have been suggesting. That is, ‘give Obama everything he wants, and see if he won’t decide to cut spending.’

Which is a strategy that seems to defy both logic and experience.

Graham also had tough talk for President Barack Obama, saying that Obama would be in for a “rude awakening” if Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling.

“Here is where the President is going to have a rude awakening: We’ll get to the end of the year, there will probably be a small deal to get to the end of the year,” Graham said.

He continued: “[But] I can tell you this: there is a hardening on the Republican side. We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling. We’re not going to let Obama borrow anymore money or any American Congress borrow anymore money until we fix this country from becoming Greece.” …

But this is obvious bluster. They are wrongly afraid of a ‘government shut down.’ And they are rightly afraid of further lowering our credit rating.

Graham’s take: “How about manning up, Mr. President, and use your mandate to bring this country together to stop us from becoming Greece?

The trouble is Obama has no problem with America becoming Greece. In many ways Greece is his ideal.

“There’ll come a day – and it’s called the debt ceiling debate – when Republicans will have leverage to save this country from becoming Greece. I hope we’re strong enough as a party to seize that moment,” Graham said.

Since we no longer have actual budgets, the debt ceiling is the only tool the Republicans have to try to cut spending. But the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party will demonize using the debt ceiling so thoroughly that the Republicans will soon be afraid to even mention it. Let alone oppose it.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Graham To GOP: Be Quiet (And Hope For Cuts)”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Elmer Fudd says “Shhhhh. We’re hunting wabbits …”

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