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The GOP will have to decide which of those laudable objectives have priority over the others. I would be amazed - but delighted - if they can keep any two of them, let alone all three.

For me the overwhelming historical obligation of our government - and the reason the Republicans were given the majority in the House - is to get the deficit and debt under control.

The GOP will risk losing its majority either if they propose coming in with a half-trillion deficit in the 10th year - or if they propose getting the deficit down by lowering costs of Social Security and Medicare and letting Bush tax cuts expire.

They should listen to the command of history, and take their chances with the electorate by proposing to solve the fiscal crisis - even at the price of not honoring their subordinate promises.

Tony Blankley is the author of “American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century” (Regnery, 2009) and vice president of the Edelman public relations firm in Washington.