From recent developments we again see that compromising your principles to play the ‘go along to get along’ (GATGA) game does not work. It looks like the two Republican strategies I outlined in 'Republican Rumblings' were spot on when we consider what went down at CPAC this week, and what the Repubs are doing to themselves and have done to them by the Dems in the GATGA game.
Rand Paul and other speakers at the conservatives’ conference definitely stated their firm preference to stick to principles no matter the short term pain. According to their lights and available evidence GATGA does not work within or without our borders. Look at what the established Republican leadership is doing across the country. Never mind, just look at the nearby race for California's 4th congressional district race in which the party’s establishment wants to weaken incumbent Tom McClintock who gets highest marks from conservatives for not playing GATGA. They will run Art Moore against him who in 2014 sounds like one step removed from a Democrat, and that small step is opposition to Obamacare in which he is today joined by many Democrats. (more here)
As predicted, the recently passed farm bill has now been rolled up tightly and shoved up the Republicans’ collective you know what. It took only about a month for the Dems to erase the much touted (by Repubs) but iffy $800M food stamp savings this year through a clever gaming of the ‘heat and eat’ gambit that for some reason they never saw coming. This involves the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (Liheap) – great name since it is a heap of lies. Liheap beneficiaries automatically qualify for food stamps, so state level Dems have started spreading around heating checks for amounts as low as $1 to one cent to increase their federal food stamp rolls and buy a bunch more votes. So the projected savings from raising the Liheap trigger to $20 is out the window when states send out checks for $20.01 and $21. The wealth redistributors' math is on the mark; for spending an additional $1 they receive about $48 extra dollars from Washington. Congressman Doug Lamalfa, call your office.