compromise

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.