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December 22, 2013

Column: Conservatives cannot be distracted from the real goal

“And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace to men of good will.”

Luke 2:1-14

“Elections have consequences.”

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., co-chairman of bipartisan budget committee, about the compromise recommendations that are causing some Republicans to get their bells in a jingle.

Pardon my lack of interest in seasonal political correctness that requires good will to ALL men. I shall wish peace only to “men of good will”, including Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio, as well as Rep. Paul Ryan, Speaker John Boehner, Heritage Action, Club for Growth, and tea party activists like me. The phrase includes all members of Congress who deplore the $17 trillion national debt: those who voted “No” this month on the budget committee compromise, on principle, and those who voted “Yes” because of practical concerns about shutting down the government again and hurting Republican chances of taking the House and the Senate in the 2014 election.

I refuse to choose sides. OK, if I were your elected representative in Washington D.C., I’d vote with Cruz/Paul/Rubio and all who try to keep their tea party pledge not to increase the deficit/national debt. I’d have voted to repeal Obamacare in October, because it is going to add to the debt no matter what Obama says. I don’t care if the government shuts down until it shapes up, because if we don’t do something soon, it will collapse on all of us, including the needy who are already on the bottom of the pile.

But I won’t join in any attack on the more practical men of good will, who recognize that voters don’t yet understand how serious the budget/debt/economic situation is, who believe that we must be patient with those whose votes in 2008 and 2012 led to the current and coming consequences. Soon, they think, these voters will wake up and help us win in 2014 and 2016.

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