Friday, January 13, 2006

Republican Failures--A Rant

Whether it is an attempt at comity, or political ineptness, the Republican Party is failing to act as a majority party. They have majorities in both chambers of Congress, and the presidency—yet they fail to act on promised reforms and have beaten many a retreat at even the suggestion of opposition.

They have abandoned the most appealing and important aspects of the Contract with America—term limits for Congress and fiscal responsibility. Since the Republicans have come into control we have seen more and more earmarks from politicians of both parties, as the Washington elite buy their way into office and reward family and friends.

The promise of social security and tax reform now seems like a cheap come on. President Bush ran on a platform of radical tax reform, yet all we've gotten are tax breaks and a proposal for tweaks to the tax code. To be sure, they are welcome tax breaks and good tweaks, but radical they are not—and hardly assured to be lasting. With a Republican majority government, the failure to even get Social Security tabled for serious discussion is a major failure.

When President Bush signed the Prescription Drug Benefit into law, he grew the size of the deficit well beyond what any foreign military adventure could. The growth of entitlements add more and more to our debt, a debt that no amount of taxation will do away with until we learn that there is no free lunch—the bill always comes due.

Campaign finance reform has done little, if anything, to get the money out of politics and attempts have even been made to apply the rules to internet activities of private citizens—a move that, were it ever to come to pass, would seriously shackle free speech. I blame this on the Republicans, for it was passed while under their leadership.

As illegal immigrants continue to flout our laws, there has still been no serious move to tighten our border security, to crack down on companies breaking the law by hiring illegal immigrants, or to reform the incredibly Byzantine immigration laws that makes immigration so difficult to do legally. For a party that has given so much lip service to national security, this lapse is inexcusable.

The Republican Party is truly fortunate to have an opponent in the Democratic Party—for were the democrats to ever advance a platform that was more assertive in foreign affairs, more serious about immigration enforcement, and more restrained about fiscal policy, there would be a great swath of votes that could swing from center right to center left.


Anonymous guile said...

comity.. i love that word..

2:40 AM  

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