Maybe Republicans need go back to the Gipper’s playbook on the deficit. Reagan once said, “I’m not worried the deficit. It’s big enough to take care of itself.” He certainly had a point. Reagan was charged with massively increasing spending and borrowing on defense so that liberals would be sort of handcuffed from any big new spending programs for a while.
Conservatives need to turn the table on the debate. Instead of arguing that entitlements will soon swallow everything else, so let’s cut them, let’s work on cutting all the rest. House republicans should consider making every cut a tradeoff versus cutting Social Security/Medicare. For instance, either downsize the EPA…or cut Social Security/Medicare. Reduce the Energy department…or reduce Social Security/Medicare.