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Republicans Must Focus on Strategic Issues

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 17, 2012

Blog reader Liz pointed us to an interesting op-ed in the Wall Street Journal written by James Taranto titled The Audacity of 51%Taranto correctly points to the doubletalk that has become the hallmark of Barack Obama.

After George W. Bush was reelected in 2004, Obama wrote in his book: “The Audacity of Hope“: “Maybe peace would have broken out with a different kind of White House, one less committed to waging a perpetual campaign–a White House that would see a 51-48 victory as a call to humility and compromise rather than an irrefutable mandate.”  Fast-forward eight years with Obama winning a second term by a similar margin over Mitt Romney and the President’s tone is quite different.  In this week’s news conference he acted like a man who received a mandate.  This myopic approach will result in his second term becoming as disastrous as that of George W. Bush.

One of the first actions taken by the President took after his second term election was to invite to the White House ultra-Leftists for a summit on economic policy.  This group included union bosses and MoveOn.org.  The significance of the meeting immediately following the election was clear; the hard Left will lead in his administration for the next four years, hardly a sign of compromise.

The rants coming from those Leftists after attending the meeting was telling.  Teacher union president Dennis Van Roekel, said: “I brought the message that, number one, it’s important that we let the Bush tax cuts disappear for the wealthiest 2%.  As we’re looking for a $1.2 trillion solution, $829 billion takes us a long way there.”  Forgetting for a moment whether one agrees with increasing taxes on the upper income bracket, this statement exhibits illogic.  October’s deficit alone was $120 billion.  At an estimated $829 billion in taxes over 10 years, this surcharge will only cover about seven months of the deficit, certainly not “a long way there” for anyone on the proper side of sanity.

Efforts to control the Country’s deficit and spending have failed during the past decade.  While the deficit has been made significantly worse under President Obama, the problems started before his election.  Those of us who believe in smaller government and more responsible spending have failed to exert any political clout, even when Republicans controlled the presidency and the Congress.

The obstructionist behavior of Republicans during past two years has also failed to limit government spending or its intrusions and has played a role in the reelection of the most Leftist Pres. of modern times.  If the GOP is to be the party of responsible government, a change in its strategy and governance are demanded.

The American people reelected a president who was clear on his goals and policies.  Therefore, this writer suggests that the Republicans in Congress should allow Obama to implement his fiscal policies including the proposed tax increases.  The President’s policies are not grounded in economic reality and are therefore destined to fail.  Given the precarious economic situation facing the United States, this failure will occur relatively quickly and the President and his party will be held responsible and accountable.  This is the only avenue open for conservatives to obtain the mandate required to realistically address the deficit and overregulated environment that had so sapped the strength out of the Country and its economy.

In addition, conservatives must focus all of the capital they maintain in Washington on battles whose outcomes have truly long-term future effects.  There are no battles more important than those that are yet to come over President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees.  Taxes and their rates can be changed in fairly short order.  The same is true for most legislation.  A Supreme Court justice can inflict damage on the country for decades.

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One Response to “Republicans Must Focus on Strategic Issues”

  1. Jim Mahoney said

    “…In this week’s news conference he acted like a man who received a mandate. This myopic approach will result in his second term becoming as disastrous as that of George W. Bush.”

    Barack Obama’s second term will be disastrous for the United States, and will likely result in the end of our country as we know it. The difference is that anyone who only receives their news from the mainstream media will never hear a word about it. During the Bush administration an increase in the unemployment rate from 4.6% to 4.7% was relentlessly cited by the media as ‘evidence’ that we were in the midst of a recession. Under Obama the stated unemployment rate of 8% (actual rate well over 11%) is totally ignored.

    If Fast & Furious, the embassy murders and subsequent cover up in Benghazi, crony capital payments to bogus solar companies or any of the antics of Eric Holder had occurred under George Bush, the press would have had him run out of office. We are in grave danger because instead of being a watchdog, the press are now willing accomplices in running interference for the Obama administration and preemptively branding anyone who dares to raise legitimate questions as sexist, racist bigoted homophobes. The press will pretend that Barry has a mandate and it will magically be so.

    Of course, the only reason the press can get away with any of this is because we now have a near majority of the electorate who are so dumbed down they accept the false narrative at face value. They care about the latest installment of Dancing With the Stars and getting their free Obama phones, but they possess virtually no critical thinking skills. In the past these uninformed voters usually stayed home on election day and didn’t do any real damage, but in 2008 Obama cultivated them as part of his core constituency.

    So let’s review. Obama will be free to do as he pleases for the next 4 years without fear of reprisals from the lapdog media, Congress, the courts or a largely clueless public. He has already demonstrated lawless behavior by illegally using executive orders to accomplish what Congress would not give him the authority to do. His federal agencies are cranking out an average of 59 new regulations per day. He will have 2, and possibly 3, appointments of young activist judges to the Supreme Court who will rubber stamp his agenda and leave a scorched earth of legal precedent that will haunt us for the next generation. Face it folks – it is now Game Over. The Takers now exceed the Makers. May God help us all.

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