Ya Know Who Else Supports Boehner’s Plan? Economist Thomas Sowell
Are folks gonna proclaim Thomas Sowell a RINO or squish now?
Now that the Republicans seem to have gotten the Democrats off their higher taxes kick, the question is whether a minority of the House Republicans will refuse to pass the Boehner legislation that could lead to a deal that will spare the country a major economic disruption and spare the Republicans from losing the 2012 elections by being blamed — rightly or wrongly — for the disruptions.
Is the Boehner legislation the best legislation possible? Of course not! You don’t get your heart’s desire when you control only one house of Congress and face a presidential veto.
The most basic fact of life is that we can make our choices only among the alternatives actually available. It is not idealism to ignore the limits of one’s power. Nor is it selling out one’s principles to recognize those limits at a given time and place, and get the best deal possible under those conditions.
That still leaves the option of working toward getting a better deal later, when the odds are more in your favor.
Indeed. The option isn’t between this plan and a hypothetical perfect plan, it’s between this plan and whatever Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and/or the Obamacrats cook up, and that’s all but certain to be far less palatable to anyone of conservative opinions.
When your choices are between acceptable and terrible, you have to take acceptable or you’ll wind up with terrible, as Sowell points out:
Writers can advocate things that have no chance at the moment, for their very writing about those things persuasively can make them possible at some future date. But to adopt the same approach as an elected member of Congress risks losing both the present and the future.