There is a story in Politico today headlined “Right flanks join to push conservative goals” by Burgess Everett.
Now, if you go to that story seeking to learn more about conservative goals, you will not find them.
You will learn that:
“Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, whose attacks on Obamacare sparked a 16-day government shutdown, a bicameral GOP caucus has emerged as a congressional power bloc increasingly comfortable with trying to seize the driver’s seat of the Republican agenda.”
Again, what is the Republican agenda?
To where should one turn to find it? How about GOP.gov. There, they have made a pledge. The guy that they have holding the “pledge” document is Speaker Boehner and the picture was taken in 2010. They lost the presidential election on that pledge and soon voters will tell them what they think in 2014.
The first thing they did on the website was list truisms:
- Jobs declined
- Debt mushroomed
- Social fabric is unraveling
- Our standing as a nation is declining
- Our economic growth is ending
So, how do they diagnose the associated problems and what are their solutions?
Unfortunately, actions speak louder than words, and what we have experienced is a dysfunctional congress that has threatened economic security that undermines progress across the board.
Revisit what they propose as solutions to see if we citizens have missed something.
Their answer to job creation:
- Stop all job killing tax increases.
The trouble is that America needs revenue and the Republicans gave a premature free ride to wealthy Americans while conducting foreign policy we could not afford. The combination created the debt and deficit that they want to pin on social programs. Emphasizing tax policy is not the right place to begin in addressing America’s economic needs for a sustainable economy.
- Rein in red tape.
Agreed, make it easier for small businesses to operate and maximize breaks to entrepreneurs who actually create jobs. Reward them for job creation.
Their answer to reform:
Empty words fill the page. What have they done with immigration? Nothing. What have the done with the requirement for affordable health care? They fought it and tried to undo it instead of trying to make it a success. They have failed to reform.
Their answer to health care:
They tried to say that addressing the nation’s need for health care would kill jobs. Doing that, they ignore the problem and confuse the issue. Then, conservatives dive into anti-abortion rhetoric that is going nowhere. They have failed.
Their answer to cutting spending:
Let sequestration do the job because they did not do it correctly.
Their answer to national security:
They reduced our economic security by playing games with a shutdown and debt ceiling debacle, and economic security is the foundation for the military component of national security. Their policies and leadership are destructive.
Empty, the tank is empty.