The much anticipated Republican House majority is off to a
shaky start from a conservative perspective. For various reasons,
they permitted the Start Treaty to pass without a whimper, even
though it has been noted that the terms place the United States
at a disadvantage, and impose few demands on the Russians.
One delightful accomplishment was the defeat of the pork-laden
omnibus spending bill, but echos are resounding that suggest the
GOP will vote for raising the debt ceiling. If they do they will
hear strident voices from the right, and particularly the Tea
Parties. Regardless the consequences, the Tea Parties are
demanding drachonian measures from the get go.
On the Obamacare front, the Republican House majority has already
undertaken the resolution process, to the collective cheers of
conservatives nationwide, however it is universally
understood that this is no more than a political gesture, with no
binding arbitration. Needless to say, any serious attempt to pass
repeal legislation will be vetoed by President Obama.
Nonetheless this measure is viewed as a critical statement of the
Republican House majority determination to rein in the healthcare bill,
and it is the preliminary action, the opening volley, for future measures.
One can safely predict that a final resolution will be a wide plank in the
GOP platform in the 2012 Presidential sweepstakes. In effect; "Dump
Obama, and we'll dump Obamacare".
The road ahead promises many pitched battles, as the Democrats defend
their costly agenda over the past months. Although the majority of
liberal Democrats were ousted in the recent election, enough remain
to stage a determined fight against Republican spending cuts.
Rest assured that the Democrats are more than willing to throw the
Social Security and Medicare bones to the snarling Republicans. They
are no doubt already rehearsing their talking points, whence they
will savage the GOP for any attempt to cut the fat from those
programs, or pass reforms.
From my point of view, one of the most critical issues that the Republican
majority in The House must tackle is the cumbersome burden of
regulations on business and society that have flowed forth from this
Administration in such profusion. Of those, some of the most onerous
are the Net Neutrality Act, Card Check, and the EPA mandate to implement
carbon emissions regulations.
Of lesser interest, but nonetheless critical, are GOP policies which restore
American prestige abroad. Our lack of dogmatic actions to prevent a nuclear
Iran, and confront a combative North Korea, are issues which should be
addressed, even though the Congress has no legitimate authority to conduct
foreign policy. Our attention to these matters should be noted, in the interest
of a victory for conservatives in 2012.
If nothing else, the future promises some dicey political theater. The rhetoric
is predictable...Democrats will continue to turn the discussion along social
lines, accusing the right of catering to "special interests", and cheating the
middle class in general. This strategy has yielded rewards in the past, and
the left is hoping their accusations will continue to woo voters.