When I heard Sen. John McCain call the balanced budget amendment a fantasy and tea partiers “hobbits,” I wasn’t really surprised. For McCain, the disastrous campaign of 2008 is now a distant memory. McCain has returned to being the real McCain, courting media approval and projecting himself as a bipartisan compromiser.
Ironically many of those tea partiers the senator insulted probably voted for him in 2008 because McCain also has a reputation as a fiscal conservative; his lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union is 82.6 percent.
For comparison, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has a lifetime rating of 89.82 percent and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has a rating of 98.67 percent.
Of those three, DeMint would be the only senator to qualify as a solidly reliable conservative.
After President Ronald Reagan’s administration, Republicans began to tilt government in a manner similar to Democrats. The size of government and relevant spending became secondary to other matters as “compassionate conservative” policies took root, drawing infusions of taxpayer money.
President George W. Bush expanded funding for education on the federal level and he expanded Medicare entitlements with the prescription drug act. Republicans in Congress during the Bush, ’43 years learned to spend like Democrats. When it came to spending, the Republican Party of those years was hard to differentiate from Democrats.
As a result of that lapse—it was a lapse because you cannot call yourself a conservative if you are a big spender—Democrats took home the gold in 2006, winning majorities in both houses of Congress. Lesson for the GOP: big spenders are only praiseworthy if they're socialist progressives.
Because legacy media will never say this, I will. Democrats could’ve passed anything their hearts desired from January, 2007-January, 2011. Only when Republicans regained the House in November, 2010 did any balance return to politics in the U.S. Democrats like Sen. Harry Reid apparently didn't notice the change, preferring instead to believe Democrats still have total control.
That 2010 victory came in large part because of those “hobbits” McCain refuses to apologize to. Those hobbits also foresaw the debt crisis and were on the same page as Standard and Poor’s when it came to the state of the nation’s credit.
Fox News business editor Neil Cavuto said on Monday, “I’m shocked the U.S. wasn’t downgraded years ago.”
Rasmussen Reports said a recent survey showed oly 22 percent of voters approved of the debt ceiling agreement while 53 percent disapproved. Rasmussen said on Tuesday another poll found 67 percent of Americans favor finding spending cuts in all government programs.
Somebody tell McCain more than half of Americans are “hobbits.” Furthermore, in Tolkien’s world, the hobbits were on the side of good.
We should make some ‘We’re all hobbits now’ bumper stickers and display them with pride.
And on the third day, Obama spoke about the downgrade (The US Report)
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Aug. 9, 2011)