Jim DeMint is, usually, known to be a solid conservative, but he has a RINO moment here, teasing to back raising the spending limit, if the Democrats ok massive spending cuts:
JOHN KING, HOST, "JOHN KING USA": ….. Many have said now that the Republicans have a majority in the House, more conservatives in the Senate, where will we know, when will we know if you're serious about keeping your promises about spending and the debt. If there's a vote in the Congress on raising the debt ceiling so that the government can continue to print money and spend money, should Republicans say no?
SEN. JIM DEMINT (R), SOUTH CAROLINA: I think Republicans will say no, unless that raising of the debt ceiling is accompanied by some -- some dramatic spending cuts, something that would direct us toward a balanced budget in the future, Republicans will not support an increase in the debt limit.
What I hope you'll see from Republicans right out of the box, as soon as we get back, is a moratorium on earmarks. Americans and connected the dots. They realize if we're all up there trying to bring home the bacon, we're going to bankrupt our country. And if Republicans in the House and the Senate both take a pledge to not ask for earmarks and to have a moratorium on -- on them in the Congress, I think it will show Americans, at least at the beginning, that we are serious.
So there are a number of other things we need to do to demonstrate that we're -- we're serious. And one of those is to de-fund Obama Care, and, as soon as we can, hopefully, have a vote on balancing the budget.
While this sounds like another Republican acquiescing to the Democrats’ demands and compromising our core values, in order to get anything done, it does confuse me a bit because if there are massive spending cuts, why would we ever need to raise the spending limit? If we are spending way less, there is no need to raise the cap.
Maybe this is just harmless carrot that he is dangling in front of the Democrats, since massive spending cuts is what this country needs, and with those cuts, raising the cap would be useless. However, it could end up biting us in the butt, in the end, if there is ever a liberal lean in Washington like there had been over the past two years. It would be one less obstacle for them to overcome to implement an even greater spending spree next time.