I don’t know whether, as a matter of politics, the Republicans had to surrender the sequester, which, though far from perfect, has been the only mechanism capable of restraining Barack Obama’s profligate spending. Let’s remember that the president freely agreed to it and that Republicans didn’t need to do anything to keep it. The sequester was in place as “the law of the land.”

If the president shut down the government to get rid of it, I believe he would have (rightly) gotten the blame. Now what leverage do Republicans have to force some budget restraint on the Democrats? None that I can see.

The Republican leaders are always telling us that they can’t fight for this issue or that. Instead, they keep ceding ground, saying the time to fight is not yet. But let me ask you, if the Republicans aren’t willing to stand for anything, why should people vote for them?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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