Compromise: A little evil at a time

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There’s a lot of talk about compromise these days.  If you don’t compromise, you’re hard-headed, partisan, or stupid, right?  That’s the message that’s being sent to Americans by President Obama regarding the current budget and debt ceiling.  The President wants to raise the debt ceiling, and raise taxes on the rich; the Republicans are resisting both ideas.  Some people are arguing that the Republicans and Democrats need to compromise; the debt ceiling should be raised and taxes should be increased.  How is this a compromise?  This sounds like the Left winning  both counts and it seems to be the continued digging of America’s grave.   

Should the alcoholic compromise?  Just a few drinks today.  The drug addict?  Just one more needle…This is exactly the kind of compromise that got us where we are.  Just a little more spending…

At some point people of character must stand up to this madness.  The Declaration of Independence was a statement against compromise.  The Emancipation Proclamation, too, stood starkly against sitting the fence. 

all persons held as slaves are, and henceforward shall be free

Studies of countries that have faced budget problems similar to America’s show that the most effective way to balance a budget is to reduce spending, not increase taxes.    

We should not let the perfect become the enemy of the good.  But we are facing an existential debt crisis.  America is dying for all her decades of compromise.  And for that, we’d best put people in power who know how to stop hedging.


2 thoughts on “Compromise: A little evil at a time

    Lou said:
    July 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    The Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in Confederate states. Other slaves had to be freed by other federal or state authority. But I get your drift on compromise.

    magus71 responded:
    July 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    The Union Army freed other slaves as it advanced. The Constitution needed to be ammended in order to make it true law; not just “martial law”, which is pretty much the reason that Lincoln gave for his decree.

    The 13th Amendment made slavery illegal in America.

    Never the less, Lincoln didn’t tell the southern states they could have their slaves if only they’d come back to the fold, as some southern Democrats wanted.

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