The 112th Congress Has The Whip In Its Hand!

Dr. Jack Wheeler writing at To The Point (by Subscription only) quotes Senator and presidential candidate Barry:

I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom.

My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution … or have failed their purpose … or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden.

I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible.

And if I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ ‘interests,’ I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty, and in that cause I am doing the very best I can.

That’s certainly not “Barry” Obama, but Barry Goldwater!

Dr. Wheeler outlines the job of the 112th Congress in 2011-2012:

Pass bills to repeal the most onerous and publicly-despised legislation of the 111th, ObamaCare in particular – with the full awareness that they will be vetoed and not overridden. This puts the Dems on the defensive, the Pubs on the offensive, and forces the president to make unpopular vetoes.

Repeal legislation is thus all for political show and positioning. Actual repeal will be done by defunding – very selective defunding wherever there is popular support for it, or to block implementation funding for recently-passed legislation to which the public has had no time to get addicted.

Focus particular energy on defunding edicts of the EPA and other examples of clear agency overreach. Focus on defunding any and all efforts of federal agencies to hamper and restrict all forms of hydrocarbon energy production.

Focus on defunding corporate welfare, subsidies, and protection from marketplace competition. Focus on defunding regulatory barriers to capital formation and the establishment/expansion of small business, as it is small business which creates the most jobs.

In sum: the defunding mechanism is the most effective means to begin dismantling the Unconstitutional State; it is not subject to Senate approval nor a presidential veto. If a simple majority of the House does not vote to fund a given federal activity, that activity is defunct, period.

Further, the 112th starts with a clean slate. All government funding for any program ceases on March 4th (the expiry of the Continuing Resolution passed at the end of the 111th‘s Lame Schmuck Session). After that date, neither the Senate, the President, nor any federal agency can spend money without it being first authorized by the House.

Our nation is at a crossroads.We have an opportunity to stem the tide of socialism and recover our Liberty. If the Republicans pay the same old game of spending more than is taken in; if the Republicans spit on the values of the Tea Party, then it may be too late and we will go over the edge to Tyranny and Capital Controls and Restricted exits and failed currency. It will be a long and violent struggle to get our Liberty back.

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