Fighting a Two-Front War
Last week, the Coalition to Reduce Spending called out the Tea Party for supporting efforts to delay Obamacare implementation via the upcoming Continuing Resolution. Calling delay of the worst legislation in decades a “fool’s errand” wasn’t a great start, but their response to the post is worth examining for two reasons:
It’s our view that those who care about the budget should be focused like a laser on making sure sequestration-level spending is maintained, not be caught up in a sideshow that is doomed to failure.
Fortunately for America, Tea Party activists have proven their ability to fight on two fronts at the same time. Yes, it does appear that House Republican leadership is considering negotiating away sequestration. However, the unwillingness of the Speaker and his colleagues to stand firm on sequestration and Obamacare should not be blamed on those who oppose both negotiating away sequestration and Obamacare’s implementation.
Second, the Coalition appears to be prioritizing sequestration over a one-year delay of Obamacare. Sequestration is certainly important, both symbolically and mathematically, but over the next decade it will only “cut” $1.2 trillion. Meanwhile, Obamacare is expected to spend at least $1.9 trillion over that same time period, violate the Constitution, cripple businesses with unnecessary regulation, put people out of work, and cause far greater harm to America than anything sequestration could do to help.
In short, a one-year delay of Obamacare gives opponents of the law greater maneuvering room to take the law down before it becomes fully entrenched. Keeping sequestration in place reduces the expected growth of the federal budget by a small margin.
The Coalition’s intentions are good, but fiscal conservatives have always focused on more than one issue. We have no choice, especially with the mainstream media and Democratic Party working together in tandem. But they’re not the only ones who can walk and chew gum at the same time, fiscally responsible people can too.