By Andrew Stiles
House Republicans are rallying behind House Speaker John Boehner’s (R., Ohio) deficit reduction plan, believing that is it their best available option to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending. During a Wednesday morning conference meeting, Boehner told members to “get your ass in line” and support his plan. “This is the bill,” he said. “I can’t do this job unless you’re behind me.”
Half a loaf is better than nothing, I guess, but this showdown isn’t just about the debt ceiling. We also have to cut spending, or the rating agencies will downgrade us anyway. I’ll say this is a good first step. Call Harry Reid’s bluff, send it to the president, and dare him to veto it.