Let Go of the Rope? Give the Democrats Whatever They Want?


Here’s an interesting idea from a contributor to the Clashdaily.com website:  Give Obama everything he wants!

Dear Republican Congress –

As a conservative Republican I am begging you to give President Obama and those that voted for him everything they want.

They want higher taxes on the rich and companies, give it to them.

They want higher capital gains taxes that will hurt their investments, give it to them.

They want a system that will make Medicare insolvent in 2024 and Social security insolvent soon after that, give it to them.

They want policies that will lead to constant double digit unemployment for minorities and young people, give it to them.

They want an educational system that entraps the poor in failing schools, give it to them.

They want higher energy prices, give it to them.

They want to spend trillions fighting global warming while China and India continue to tap oil and coal, give it to them.

They want $20 trillion plus in debt, give it to them.

They want the Obamacare penalties to kick in next year, give it to them.

They want a larger more powerful Washington DC, give it to them.

They want a more secular society that is more hostile towards religion, give it to them.

They want a more “fair” society run by bureaucrats, give it to them.

They want socialist cronyism, give it to them.

They want to go down the road of Europe, give it to them.

Give it to them and let’s find out once and for all who is right. If we are right, they will have no one to blame but themselves and maybe we will finally get true change in this country and maybe we will finally get true change in the Republican party and have a real choice in the years to come.

If we are wrong, then so be it. I will gladly repent from my evil conservative ways and become a socialist, I mean Democrat.

Sincerely yours,

Irwin Podhajser

So, suspending disbelief for a moment, how might something like this be implemented?

As each major issue comes up for debate in Congress, Republicans should offer, publicly, a good-faith proposal of their own with the understanding that they’ll simply accept whatever counter-proposal the Democrats make.

It sounds absurd at first, but the Democrats will fully own the results of their policy choices.

Of course Republicans must point out the flaws of the Democrat proposals, quite publicly, but they’ll vote for the Democrat proposal anyway, citing the need for bipartisanship, cooperation, and compromise.  By “compromise” the Democrats have usually meant capitulation, so let’s give them what they want, and let’s all see how we all do.

The Republican explanation to the electorate for this seemingly bizarre approach can be: “Elections have consequences, and the electorate has spoken.  You asked for it, you got it.  This is the Obama/Democrat economy.” 

The only people in good standing to object to such behavior are those who actually voted for Romney, and that’s only about 1 out of 6 voters.  The other 5 out of 6 are either Obama voters or people who didn’t care enough to vote at all.  Frankly, they deserve whatever the Democrats deliver.  No sympathy for them.

To be sure, Democrat solutions on the economy could well push us into a full-scale recession or even a depression.  But would it be better to suffer through that life lesson now or later when Obama has added still more trillions in debt and a still-larger dependency class with an even-weaker work ethic and still-further-atrophied work skills?

By analogy, if we were to know that we’re going to catch malaria sometime soon, wouldn’t it be better to deal with it now while we’re a bit healthier and have a better chance of survival and an earlier turnaround?

After this last election, as Ann Coulter has conjectured, we may well have passed the “tipping point” where takers outnumber makers at the ballot box.  There may simply be no other way to demonstrate clearly to the electorate that Keynesian / Krugman / Obama economics don”t work and in fact hurt primarily the people they are supposed to help.  And it might finally shock the 2/3 of voters who didn’t bother to show up at the polls that they really ought to in 2014, 2016, and ever thereafter(!).

Furthermore —

If John Boehner were to adopt this strategy, we might actually see some saner proposals from Democrats.  Knowing that they’ll truly own the results, Democrats may actually consider some Conservative economic approaches.  They might listen to a Thomas Sowell as well as a Paul Krugman.  And wouldn’t it be fun to see them struggle without their standard Harry-Reid blame-and-complain approach to governance and economic policy?

So …

Instead of playing this endless game of tug-of-war with the Left, should we just let go of the rope for a while and see what happens?  Or is that just surrender/suicide for America?


Postscript: After writing this article on November 7, I see that Chris Graham on Godfather Politics has written a similar piece, published November 8.  Maybe this idea isn’t so crazy after all?

On a more serious note, there is a critical dialog now in the Conservative media on the approach that the GOP has taken regarding attracting minorities to the Conservative cause.  It’s beginning to bear some fruit … more on that in future posts …

[This article orginally posted on WesternFreePress.com]


  1. The idea has merit BUT Instead of conservatives voting for the measures, pull an Obama and vote PRESENT. Just enough to let Democrat proposals go to the Senate. Let Conservatives in tough districts vote NO so constituents see we have not gone off our principles. Show the world how Democrat policies devastate the country. STATES however, must use nullification to protect their sovereignity. Get off the feds teat and become mini self sufficient countries as the founders intended! – https://www.facebook.com/groups/140858572594103/?…