Sen. Thune: GOP Prepared to Accept Sequestration

Senator John Thune (R-SD) at CPAC 2011 (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Senator John Thune (R-SD) at CPAC 2011 (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Senator John Thune (R-SD) held a town hall meeting in Spearfish yesterday in which he said, in the words of our local newspaper, “GOP won’t cave on spending.”

From the Rapid City Journal:

The senator said the president signed the sequestration bill and if he wants it changed before the March 1 deadline he needs to work with Republicans who want the government to quit borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends.

He said Republicans have a proposal to keep the sequester from cutting defense, but Democrats only want another tax hike without real spending cuts.

Republicans are willing to see the sequestration come into force, he said, “if that’s the only way we are going to get cuts in spending.”


“We are not more than a few years away from a major catastrophe,” Thune said. “The stakes are really high, folks.”

Hiking taxes, executive actions and new regulations only slow the economy.

No kidding.

Let’s hope Thune and his fellow Republicans will (for a change) hold the line on this insane, out-of-control spending. Republicans have urinated away almost all of their credibility with their repeated compromise, caving, capitulation, retreats, and “me too, just not so much” embrace of liberalism.

They’d better not squander what little credibility they have left, or the GOP will go the way of the dinosaur…and America with it.

Woodrow Wilcox


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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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