Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Editorials: Where I rant to the wall about politics. And sometimes the wall rants back.

Voter canvass on the proposed 2011 Republican Congressional majority agenda

Jerry Stratton, June 8, 2011

Got a letter from Pete Sessions and the National Republican Congressional Committee today. They’re still proud to put WASHINGTON, DC at the top of their letterhead. He assures me that me and my “Republican neighbors in San Diego, Elmira, and Wofford Heights” are crucial to their success. Well, good luck with that. First, I’m not Republican. Second, Wofford Heights is well north of Los Angeles and Elmira is north of San Francisco. I’d never even heard of these places until reading his letter.

That said, most of the ten items on the “proposed 2011 Republican congressional majority agenda” are good ideas:

  1. We want to permanently stop job killing tax hikes.
  2. We want to encourage smaller businesses to create jobs by allowing them to take a tax deduction equal to 20% of their income.
  3. We want to require congressional approval of any new federal regulation that may add to the deficit and make job creation harder.
  4. We want to repeal the costly small business mandates contained in the health care law.
  5. With common sense exemptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops1, we want to roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels.
  6. We want to establish strict caps2 and save taxpayers hundreds of dollars.
  7. We want to review every current government program to eliminate wasteful and duplicative programs.3
  8. We want to end bailouts permanently and cancel the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
  9. We want to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care.
  10. We want to reform congress and restore trust by putting power back in the hands of the American people.4

But the wuss factor is high. Every one of those begins with “we want to”, not “we will” or even better “we have done”. I had momentary hopes for number five as I started typing it, but as you can see they just put a preamble in before getting to the “we want to”.

You want to cancel TARP? You want to roll back spending to 2008 levels? Great ideas. Now, attach those proposals to every single debt ceiling bill, canceling that spending out to reduce the amount we need to increase our debt by.

However you get those items accomplished, if you can manage to do it I’ll be proud to start giving to the National Republican Congressional Committee. Here, however, is how to make me not want to give anything: act as if your only important accomplishments are getting elected.

We believe the number one goal of House Republicans must be to stop President Obama and the Congressional Democrats’ drive to push our nation… toward ever-increasing spending, deficits, and government control over our lives.

We also believe we made a good start in the last election when we won a Republican House Majority—but that it is absolutely essential to move forward by strengthening our Republican Majority, and ensuring the Democrats do not regain control of the House and put Nancy Pelosi back in charge.

No. You made a good start when you passed a repeal of the government takeover of health care. It is absolutely essential that you move forward by capitalizing on your strong position as the originator of spending in the budget fights (and the debt fight) to actually get some of those good ideas passed by the House, Senate, and President.

I do not care about your bogeymen. Your success was not in getting elected, it will be in what you do now that you are in the majority again. If you want my support and money as an organization, you need to do something and succeed, other than just being there.

In response to Mimsy Election Mailbag: Let’s see which politicians prefer the post office to the Internet, and what they say when they do.

  1. “Our troops” is now official a single word. Not “our seniors, our veterans, our troops”, or “seniors, veterans, and soldiers”. Might as well just write “seniors, veterans, and ourtroops”.

  2. They went for “strict caps” by putting every one of these proposals in bold and all-caps. I’ve spared you that because I don’t want you to think I’m yelling at you.

  3. Sounds awesome. So, where are you on the Rand proposal?

  4. Given the specificity of the small business tax-cut proposal, which is the only one I’m a little unsure about (I’d rather see a simplification of our tax system), the shear vagueness of this one worries me. I’d like to see a specific reform here, and/or a specific proposal to restore power to the American people.

  1. <- Progressives United
  2. Shed a tear for Democracy ->