A Plea to Speaker John Boehner

Speaker Boehner,

America is standing on a stool with a noose around her neck. And Obama is kicking the stool. For the next two years, you’re the only man who can stop him.

We have to spend less.

This is not an abstract concept. This is not a political statement. This isn’t last time.

This is math. It’s reality. To survive as a free and independent nation, the federal government needs its receipts to exceed its expenditures.

Politics is the art of compromise. Fine. Stop compromising on the Democrats’ terms.

Negotiations begin at a 5% spending cut across the board. The bare minimum you can accept is a balanced budget. You were elected to enact your campaign promises to repeal Obamacare and cut federal spending. Do what you promised. Repealing Obamacare is a proven political winner. As it gets implemented – and as doctors start closing their offices – there will be a new outcry against it. Don’t back down. Make your case to the American people. Then hold the line, even if it means your job.

This is bigger than you, bigger than your seat and your career. It’s bigger than your Speakership. It’s bigger than Congress. Our debt has become a matter of national security. If America falls from power, other nations, including America’s enemies, will quickly fill that void. If you fail, you will have endangered billions of people.

The fiscal cliff is right in front of us. After that, we’ll hit the debt ceiling again. If you let Obama spend his way past those problems, you’re feeding the monster and just putting him off for another day.

Be brave! Summon the courage to call Obama’s bluff. Appeal to America’s better angels. Tell them to sacrifice a little like their parents did for them.

You are the man who must make it happen. For the next two years, you’re all we’ve got.

Call it luck. Call it fate. Call it karma. Circumstances are going to make a hero or a villain out of you. You’ll be remembered in the history books as the man who let disaster happen or the one who pulled America back from the brink. Your choice.

Times are hard. Your caucus, in addition to the results of the election, present a complicated political problem. We know this.

If you make your stand for America’s future, you may be surprised by the strength behind you.

Ali A. Akbar


  1. November 11, 2012  4:58 pm by Ken Whiteside Reply

    I am all for the spending cuts, but America spoke, so let's give America a lesson. Go for $1 more in spending cuts than Obama claims he's for, and stick with that. But then, nail the taxes hard. Raise the taxes of the wealthy, more than Obama claims he wants -- they voted for Obama, so give them what they want, in droves. Tax the hell out of them. If it hurts the economy, so be it. If it hurts the poor, great -- they voted for it too. And then be a man and in a few years when the economy is really tanked, step up to the mic and say "If America wants high economic growth, job growth, lower taxes and rising incomes, American can vote for that. In 2008 and 2012 they didn't"

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