First was the news that the Democrat Party has come apart at the seams, and now the presumed victors are about to disintegrate too. The party of “do nothing” and of “no” is struggling to terms with how to govern once they have a majority in both chambers of Congress. There will be no time to be smug.
According to Alexander Bolton at The Hill, “bold vision” equates to repealing ObamaCare. It includes blow torching the tax code.
Suggested here is to leave ObamaCare alone as it is working. Tweak it, and get to work on the tax code. However, getting to work on the tax code means different things to different people.
Common ground will be found around the idea to simplify and to eliminate all tax dodges.
Dispute will happen over how much revenue is required to run government and to satisfy its obligations. Dispute will focus on the definition of obligations.
To most Americans, applying a means test to drawing from entitlements is a place to start. Wealthy and self-sufficient Americans simply should not receive social benefits when they don’t need them. Ensuring Americans who have paid into and expect Social Security and Medicare is a requirement.
If Congress and the President want to define a better way ahead, they can do that and pass legislation once the ideas are vetted completely with American voters. Show us the numbers. Show us the proforma performance before making any changes.
The Republican “civil war” is between moderate and pragmatic Republicans and right wing conservatives. If Republicans are ever to have a shot at winning the Presidency, they must use their Congressional window of control to prove that they are not with evil intentions. America is not right wing conservative and the Republican Party leadership must gain that appreciation very quickly to succeed at anything.
“Civil war looms for GOP
By Alexander Bolton – 10/30/14 06:00 AM EDT
Conservatives salivating over the prospects of a huge victory on Nov. 4 are pressuring House and Senate GOP leaders to go big after Election Day.
The right argues leaders should forget about playing small ball and use momentum from the midterms to put big checks on President Obama’s agenda.
“People want to see a bold vision. They want to see a real fight on ObamaCare repeal and tax reform that takes a blowtorch to the tax code. They want to see real entitlement reform, not empty talk,” one conservative GOP aide said.
“The American people don’t want Republicans to become appeasers and supporters of a watered down Obama agenda.”
The problem for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other GOP leaders is that they will also face pressure to govern — which could involve cooperating with President Obama to keep the government operating and turn legislation into law.
They also must contend with a Senate map that will force the GOP to defend 24 seats in 2016, compared to just 10 for Democrats. Republicans facing reelection include senators from New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and other states where Democrats could have an advantage — particularly in a presidential election year when turnout is high.
McConnell this week appeared to manage expectations for Republican rule, when he cautioned it would be difficult to repeal ObamaCare as long as Obama is in office.
“Well, it would take 60 votes in the Senate — nobody thinks we’re going to have 60 Republicans — and it would take a presidential signature, and no one thinks we’re going to get that,” he told Fox News host Neil Cavuto. “So the question is: What can you do about it?”
McConnell suggested it would be better to go after unpopular parts of the law rather than a full repeal, a position some conservatives saw as a capitulation.”