Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The long struggle for fiscal reform

There's the old staying about taking care of our own house first. Fiscal reform is a must on our side as the last six years (2002-2008) destroyed our party's reputation there. Our party in Washington acted like democrats and it got our asses kicked in 2006. Our party's leadership did not get the message in 06. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. 08 doesn't look good either right now.

Some people have the right message. Some always had it and are fighting. These are the people who need our support right now.

From Politico - titled Republicans push party to the right

Hensarling, the chairman of the RSC, has gathered more than the 50 signatures he needs to force an internal caucus vote on the unilateral earmark moratorium. The Texan could call for a vote anytime, thereby forcing members to choose between banning earmarks and supporting House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who opposes earmarks himself but doesn’t want to get ahead of a majority of his caucus.

In the longer term, Hensarling’s conservative colleagues say they’re prepared to run a full slate of candidates to challenge Boehner and others in the GOP House leadership when the 111th Congress convenes in January

Go for it. It has been past time to start pushing around the yesmen in the party and time to start standing for something. What happened to the 1994 reforms that put the party in power in the first place?

Boehner and Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam of Florida met with Hensarling last week to discuss the RSC’s concerns. The trio is slated to meet again Tuesday with a handful of fellow conservatives, including Reps. John Campbell of California, Mike Pence of Indiana, Tom Price of Georgia, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and John B. Shadegg of Arizona.

The leaders are incorporating some of the group’s demands into an economic recovery package they are scheduled to unveil this week. But the two sides remain deadlocked over the earmark question, and some Republicans have begun to grumble about the hardball tactics of their more conservative colleagues.

A current Republican leader says that Hensarling and the conservatives “are doing Rahm’s work for him” — a reference to Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman who helped orchestrate the Democrats’ takeover of the House two years ago

That part I bold is an absolute croc of bullshit, and one of the biggest crocs I've ever seen. The democrats took over because guys like this "current Republican leader" did such a poor job in leadership. I remember when the republicans were known for less government and more freedom, not the democrat lite of more government and less freedom, just smaller than the democrats. Republicans should not have given us bipartisan crap (both parties are guilty here) like No Child Left Behind, mass coverage of perscription drugs including viagara, bridges to nowhere like those Carl Levin voted for, and this latest farm bill boondoggle. This massive spending and increased debt is killing us.

We got a long ways to go.

On DeMint’s website for the Senate Conservative Action fund, one of the first blog posts bemoans the fact that only 15 Republicans voted against the Farm Bill — a sign, DeMint believes, that the GOP still has a long way to go if it wants to make a statement on government spending.

DeMint says he’s not out to undermine his party’s Senate election efforts, but rather to promote conservative alternatives who can right the party’s listing ship.

Moderate Republicans say it’s the wrong way to go.

“If this is their strategy to win back the majority, it’s guaranteed to fail,” said former Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.), who now serves as chairman of the Main Street Republican Partnership, a group of moderates. “When we have failures in elections, conservatives tend to think that only conservatives can save the party.”

We had six years of LIBERALISM from our party on spending. This isn't even moderateism. Back when Newt ran the show, we were talking about balanced budgets. Now we are happen if the spending and massive defecit doesn't rise faster than inflation? That'll get anyone fired outside of government.

What needs to happen in the next six months is massive push to the airwaves on fiscal reform, energy reform, and meat and potatoes issues our party has moved away from. Our party needs to quit being like the democrats and be republicans for a change, and by republicans, I mean the 1994 style, not the George W Bush style. Wait, I take that back. Even Bush vetoed the farm bill. This is even worse.

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