The “Gallant Old Party” may be bickering within, but the Republican Governors Association quietly came up with a platform that is true to party roots, one that doesn’t aim to recreate the United States as a nanny. To be perfectly accurate, the most obese nanny in the history of the world. The Tax Day “Tea Party” Protests were completely misunderstood by pomp media, the political class, President Barack Obama and the Democratic members of the biggest spending Congress in the history of the country. But the RGA got what protesters were saying, and the organization has scheduled a townhall by telephone for Thursday, May 14 at 8:30 p.m.
I realize my opening paragraph sounds like I’m advocating for Republican governors like Mark Sanford (S.C.), Bobby Jindal (La.), Rick Perry (Tex.) and Haley Barbour (Miss). I am advocating for these governors because they get what the country needs. Here’s a statement that sums up a true conservative platform: “[T]axes are too high, our federal government is too big, and our states' rights are being trampled upon.” Within that statement is the spirit of the US Constitution many senators and representatives in Washington seem to have forgotten. The constitution limits the power of the federal government. Yet many in Washington today seem hell bent on expanding it even more. And some of the expenses are completely insane.
The Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid cult of tax and spend want to tax energy (thereby indirectly taxing every product under the sun), your health insurance benefits (what’s left of them), and ignore the monetary impact of uncontrolled and completely undocumented immigration. Democrats in Congress have already paved the way for a United Nations tax on US citizens, a matter pomp media barely gave a nod. After promising during the campaign to go over the federal budget line by line, the best the president and his staff could do is come up with a trickle--$17 billion. Congress didn’t exactly jump up and down with glee about those cuts.
Once a federal program is in place, it takes a miracle to cut it much less remove it, and I’m talking a divine miracle. Case in point: the black money hole known as the US Dept. of Education. Case in point: CNN Money reported a Department of Education attaché position in Paris (cost: $632,000). Think about the insanity in that arrangement. Derangement is a more appropriate term. And by the way, even if the $17 billion in cuts go through, Obama wants to spend what he saved. That approach can only make sense to a tax and spend Democrat. Right now the voices of the real Democratic Party are neoliberal bloggers and comics like Keith Olbermann.
The GOP is admittedly off on a number of tangents, dividing the party with social issues that in my opinion are best left to the states. I’ve often wondered if a state could refuse all federal money. If one ever does that, I’d gladly move there. Some factions of the GOP seem intent on running even more supporters out of the party over social issues that should be left to the states in accordance with the Constitution. The Democrats tried that, by the way, and wised up fairly quickly, though they seem to be heading down that path once again.
The three pillars of the RGA statement—taxes, the size of the federal government and states’ rights—are the core of a conservative platform that truly is a big tent. Maybe national party leaders could take a page from the RGA playbook. You can sign up for the May 14 townhall at the GOP comeback website. The telephone meeting is appropriately called “Fight for Freedom” and if party leaders are smart, they will listen to these Republican governors.
As GOP tangles within, RGA has winning platform with focus on core values by Kay B. Day