How has the Republican House majority scored in the early going?

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Answered by: Richard, An Expert in the US Conservative Politics - General Category
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.

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