Where the Congressional GOP Has Failed

This isn’t a slap at you or your comments, Steve.  But I’m moving this discussion back up top rather than burying it in the comments of my last post.  I’m bothered that some Republicans are resting well thinking, like the House and Senate GOP leadership, that the GOP has done a great job over the past few years.  So, let’s examine the record –

No Child Left Behind:  This unfunded mandate was well-intentioned.  It hoped to achieve results that could have been achieved by school vouchers.  When vouchers were radically opposed by the NEA and Dems, the GOP in Congress gave in and let Bush and Ted Kennedy railroad this through Congress.  Nevermind that the federal government has no role in education, Bush and Kennedy expanded the federal role in education with taxpayer dollars.  Congress, with the support of many GOP members, allowed this to happen.

Medicare:  President Bush, with the support of the GOP Congress, basically created a new entitlement with his Medicare prescription plan.  The cost?  Hundreds of billions over the next decade.  Rather than shrinking the scope of government, Republicans in Congress allowed the President to burden the American taxpayer with this crap.  Thanks GOP.

Immigration:  Fortunately, the “comprehensive” plan to address the issue of illegal immigration never passed through Congress.  That is despite the fact that numerous Republicans (mainly the Senate) voted to allow this legislation.  This legislation would have provided amnesty to illegals despite the lessons we learned under Reagan.  Nevertheless, many GOPers in Congress were willing to support such a move.  Dems quietly supported the measure and were content to allow the GOP expose its divisions over this volatile issue.  It wouldn’t have been much of an issue except for the fact that so many Republicans in the Senate were willing to support the measure.

Earmarks:  How do you justify 13,000+ earmarks under a GOP controlled Congress in 2005?  Those numbers dwarf Dem numbers when they controlled Congress.  The “bridge to nowhere?”  That was sponsored by a Republican.  The number earmarks increased exponentially in Congress under Republican control.

McCain-Feingold:  This tragic usurpation of political free speech was passed on the watch of a GOP Congress and a GOP president.  This measure limited the ability of citizens to support the candidate of their choice and enabled the liberal groups who quickly found ways to skirt the new regulations.  Again – this was a well-intentioned act.  It was an attempt to take the money factor out of politics.  Instead, the support of Republicans in Congress and the signature of Bush allowed liberal groups to seize the upper hand in elections.  Despite the protestations of many true conservatives in Congress, there were enough moderate and liberal Republicans to steamroll this populist, unconstitutional measure through.

And now Republicans in Congress are starting to coalesce around absurd issues like global warming!  And these are folks with a big ole R by their name.  It doesn’t matter if a majority of Republicans oppose these lib policies.  The fact that a “good number” of these Repubs are enabling the Democrats and their agenda is enough to send the conservative base screaming.

So – No.  Republicans in Congress are not on the right track.  Congratulations.  The Republican revolution of 1994 managed to enshrine some of their ideology.  But then they took a step back.  The Republicans tasted power.  They spent money like drunken sailors.  They based policy on opinion polls.  They threw us under the bus and did whatever was politically expedient.

Sorry folks.  If you think that there is nothing wrong with Republicans in Congress, then you have had a taste of the kool-aid.  The conservative base is not so naive.  And they are pissed.  Things won’t get better til the GOP in Congress repents and takes the intitative.

If folks want to keep apologizing for the Republicans – fine.  2008 will be a banner year – for the Democrats.  I’m alarmed by the lack of a sense of urgency.  I’m annoyed that so many conservatives are serving as apologists for RINOs and “sometimes conservatives.”  Yeah – there are some hardcore conservatives left in Congress.  Yes – the GOP revolution brought about some positive, lasting changes (for now).  But if we sit on our asses and assume that everything is hunky-dory, then we are kidding ourselves.

And I still haven’t heard a plausible explanation for how we lost 3 seats in special election House races this year – IN SOLID GOP DISTRICTS.  Tell me how that happens.  Tell me why I shouldn’t worry.


7 thoughts on “Where the Congressional GOP Has Failed

  1. The comments on No Child Left Behind and Medicare are what I was referring to when I said that all areas of the Republican party were not perfect.

    Even with those, Phil, I named a long list of issues that affect us deeply such as terrorism, taxes, gun laws, Supreme Court justices, etc. that did get corrected.

    Since we have won on so many issues and those issues have not been problems, the only screaming the media focuses on are those that hate the Patriot Act (even though it protects us), wants Nationalized Health Care (high taxes), wants liberal court Justices, want gun control, etc. These issues are massive and liberals have every intention of turning those around.

    No, I don’t mean to use your words to prove my point of McCain:

    1.) I said I wouldn’t support McCain because he was part of the immigration fiasco. Gee I wonder why the NY Times called him maverick every day up until he won the primary and now they hate him as if he was the same GW Bush that legislated the Patriot Act, stayed in Iraq, and kept us safe for all these years.

    2.) I wrote massive posts on McCain-Feingold in which I reiterated; over and over again, of why McCain was not an ideal Republican and why he had no business being our Presidential candidate to which you had responded in a not so positive way.

    You just single-handedly stated – three massive issues – that John McCain headlined and make it as a case of how horrible GOP (as an entire picture) has been when I’m telling you more good than bad was done since 1996.

    I guess I’m confused? I don’t understand why you are supporting McCain as a president when he took such an active role in much of what you are complaining about and relating it to a Congressman in Mississippi?

    We can be harmonious as we always remain in these tyes of disagreements, but don’t be surprised in the future when I attack the one man hired by the NY Times to represent us as Republicans who is single-handedly more guilty of these issues than any other Republican could ever be.

    The fact is Phil, every Congress or administration does things we don’t always agree with. Hell, Reagan did it with immigration! But we still loved him for the overall affect he had on our country for years to come.

    Finally, you do acknowledge with NCLB that the intentions of the President were good. The success of it can be debated which we will leave aside. But nobody is error proof….and in the beginning, many elected Republicans and GW Bush did many things with their party’s interest in mind that may or may not have turned out to be bad policy.

    I attack one man, and you attack an entire party in which he shares the “R” at the end of his name with. We can acknowledge problems and voice those. But I do not believe the Congressman in Mississippi narrowly lost because of any of those things that you mentioned.

    If they did Phil, McCain would not be our nominee right now.

  2. I’m not going to argue anymore. I guess nothing is wrong with Republicans in Congress. We’ll make huge gains, and everyone is a-okay. It’s not worth the effort.

  3. It’s totally worth the effort.

    But it’s my effort to start from the top. My point is this:

    Why was the Davis rejected if what you are saying is true?

    Then ask yourself the question: why is McCain our nominee when he was more active in the things you are complaining about?

    Finally, when you get your answers, ask how the media’s part played in both of them.

  4. I’m not talking about McCain Steve. McCain is flawed, but he’s our only choice. I’m talking about the GOP losing 30-40 seats in Congress and handing the Dems a super-majority in the Senate.

    But nobody seems to see that as a problem. I’ll just forget it and assume that everything is ok.

  5. No, don’t forget it.

    1.) Since WW2 in a six year election, the overall loss to the opposition party in the White House is about 40 seats. The Democrats lost everything for twelve solid years and started screaming the loudest because we wrapped up the issues I mentioned earlier. Republican voters got lazy and just kept figuring we’d keep winning everything. Well, we can’t. This should have been a blowout for the Dems in 2006 and when they only got what they got it was a massive let-down on their end when you compare it to what historical odds should have handed them.

    Everything you are complaining about was not even part of their smear campaigns either. People kept hearing about how Iraq was a failure. People out there actually believe that Bush caused the gas prices.

    The Dems have had a lower approval rating than Bush ever had. They got nothing accomplished but a few liberal issues such as abortion.

    If your post did anything, it just re-affirmed my position on why McCain is an awful Presidential candidate and how unlikely he will be to fight the Dems like Bush did on other issues.

    I feel like we are having the same points here – we are just looking from a different angle. I say, what better place to start than from the top.

    Why should I embrace McCain for the sheer fact that he would just be beating a Democrat?

    It also re-affirmed my position on getting McCain-Feingold overturned to increase our chances of giving the media less power and allowing us to run real Republicans.

    We don’t disagree on those problems. It seems to me that we are just focusing the blame on different sets of folks.

    And like I said, if those issues played a part in a conservative state like Mississippi, why is McCain our Presidential nominee when he is way more to blame for them than Davis was.

  6. Well then stand down the alert. My apologies. Congressional Republicans are just fine. If we lose another 30-40 seats in 2008, it’s simply because of historical trends or inept voters. Or, most likely, it’s John McCain’s fault.

    Has nothing to do with their loss of focus on conservative values and or my imagined belief that they have alienated the conservative base. My bad.

  7. “If folks want to keep apologizing for the Republicans – fine. 2008 will be a banner year – for the Democrats. I’m alarmed by the lack of a sense of urgency. ”

    Isn’t all urgency local? I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and it is as Blue and Blue can be. The powers that be have given this area of CA to the Democrats in exchange for Congressional seats in the Central Valley, Deserts and San Diego. A Republican can’t win where I live, the party doesn’t have the voter base. Any Republican that does win will be very centerist.

    I can donate money so a Republican in a toss up district can win. But, if the Republicans in that area don’t sense the urgency then we have a huge problem on our hands.

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