Why Conservatives Should Support Boehner’s Plan
Quin Hillyer of the Center For Individual Freedom (hardly a lefty bastion) explains:
James Capretta, who trashed the Gang of Six plan, says Boehner’s plan is okay. So does Grover Norquist.
Here’s what they understand: $1.2 trillion of savings from domestic discretionary programs, with real, enforceable budget caps, over ten years, is a huge accomplishment. And it still leaves on the table some of the low-hanging entitlement fruit (a “chained” Consumer Price Index adjustment) and some of the mid-hanging entitlement fruit (hiking the Medicare eligibility age merely to coincide with that of Social Security). So that means that part of the other $1.6 trillion in savings, to come from the later commission, is actually likely to be fairly easy to achieve as well.
Frankly, the Boehner plan isn’t a 50-50 compromise; it’s a win for conservatives, for fiscal responsibility, and for the nation. It effectively changes the trajectory of spending for the first time since Washington started bingeing again (after three good years) in the fall of 1998. It’s a remarkable achievement when working against the most leftist president in history. Conservatives should not torpedo it.
Some loudmouthed people seem determined that anything less than perfect isn’t to be supported. A famous philosopher told us centuries ago of the danger of making the perfect the enemy of the good, and this is a good plan. The fact that Reid is thundering against it is a good indication of that, if it was really a weak plan he’d probably go ahead and support it, so he can avoid blame if things go badly.