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What do Republicans care about?

December 29, 2009 - Lee Smith
While I don't admire the Democrats' intentions when it comes to federal health care legislation, I have to admire their passion. Republicans could learn a thing or two.

Democrats have a clear advantage in many political situations for one simple reason: They mean what they say. They have proposals and they plan to enact them.

What do Republicans plan to do? They don't stand for anything, really. They're just Democrats lite. It is postulated that Republicans stand for less government, but less than what? Democrats?

I have a proposal: Republicans in 2010 should get organized early and forcefully come out and say the following: Our candidates this year will support repealing any health care legislation signed by President Obama.

This would be a good start for the future. What else might Republicans do?

How about following through with decades-old promises to abolish the federal departments of education and energy? How about selling off some of the vast federal holdings of Western lands?

What about putting the nation on a sounder financial footing for the future? Eliminating deficit spending is just one step. How about beginning a long-term phaseout (30 to 40 years) of Social Security, by privatizing retirement?

Why can't Republicans talk about these things? Fear of losing elections? Well, they are in the minority status now, so why not stand for something? Winning an election on principle would mean being able to apply the same passion to issues as Democrats. That is a goal worth fighting for.


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