GOP agenda for next Congress: Where’s the beef?

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If Obama and his policies are so unpopular and Americans believe our nation is on a horrific track, then why are Senate midterm races so close – particularly when you have Democrat incumbents who voted with Obama on average 94 percent of the time? It doesn’t make sense.

But that’s because the GOP has not presented a defined alternative. There’s no national legislative policy agenda from Republican leadership such as the “Contract with America” that lays out their vision.

I’d call that vision “Growth, Opportunity, and Promise,” and if I were the House Majority Leader, I’d have met with the Senate Minority Leader back before Congress recessed for the midterm elections, developed that legislative policy agenda and would have gathered together all incumbent Republicans and candidates for this cycle to present to the American people.

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The policy agenda would have centered on three pillars; economic, energy, and national security. The focus would have been conveying that vision to Americans to advance and restore our nation’s growth, opportunity and promise under GOP Congressional leadership.

Needless to say, none of that happened, and so we have GOP members and candidates out fighting on the battlefield of politics without any strategy. Now, we know what the Democrat strategy is: fear mongering to collective groups and lying about their support for Obama and his failed policies — along with the usual character assassination.

So here we are two weeks before the midterm election and, well, finally House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has unveiled THE plan and strategy.

As reported by Politico, “House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that streamlining government agencies will be a central goal in the new Congress. In a memo sent to House Republicans Wednesday morning, McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that “restoring competence in government” will be a major focus of the GOP in the 114th Congress, which begins in January. “The inability of the government to accomplish its most basic tasks has eroded the public’s trust in government, as polls have repeatedly shown,” McCarthy said. “Worse, throughout the country there is an emerging sense of resignation that our great country is on the decline. The memo comes two weeks before Election Day, as the House GOP is expected to expand its majority in the chamber. McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, said he expects a Republican Senate to take up energy-related legislation like improvements to “the permitting process for pipelines.”

McCarthy said he also wants to cut down on superfluous agency reports.

Ok, here’s my constructive assessment. Why not first immediately highlight the nearly 360 pieces of legislation passed in the House, which sit on Harry Reid’s desk as an immediate objective?

And under the three pillars I recommended, there should be major economic reforms; tax, regulatory, governmental and monetary. The purpose will be to unleash the individual entrepreneurial spirit and unlock the potential of the American free market/free enterprise economy. Yes, I do agree with Majority Leader that streamlining government agencies is important — but it’s not a strategic imperative. And “restoring competence in government” is not a major focus — that is a result.

As well, we must advance policies that enable America to be the full-spectrum global energy leader — producing, consuming, and exporting energy resources and capacity. Energy security is a major aspect of the modern 21st century battlefield — and leverage against Vladimir Putin and OPEC.

Lastly, the most important duty and responsibility of the federal government is to “provide for the common defense” in what must be seen as one of the most dangerous global environments – certainly not tranquil as Josh Earnest chimed. Therefore, we need a GOP-led Congress to articulate how it will restore “peace through strength” for our military with proper fiscal responsibility, enabling America to combat and deter a myriad of enemies.

Now, I could go on forever and lay out specific policy points, but my purpose was to provide a strategic framework — and “streamlining government agencies” is not a central goal. That is an enabling task, a supporting principle, but does not represent a goal.

A goal would be to evaluate fraud, waste, and abuse in government agencies. A goal would be to create a tiered prioritized system for House Appropriations bills — there are 14 appropriations bills in the House, what are the priorities? We know that the regulatory environment is strangling our small business growth — what are the key regulations to eliminate or retain?

And we all know that Obamacare is looming as a great jobs killer and the employer mandate delay will run out — what is the GOP private sector response? The House doctor’s caucus developed the American Healthcare Reform Act (AHCRA) but I haven’t heard a single person discuss it with their constituents this election cycle. It’s a good piece of policy, certainly a start, allowing the good parts of the Affordable Care Act to be maintained, such as pre-existing conditions coverage.

I don’t know. Maybe what I am presenting is just too deep for the American people, but I think not. The problem is that the arena known as politics has become the playground of the inept, incompetent and ignorant. We need more statesmen and women who can discuss policy solutions and can connect with the American people. No more gimmicks or soundbite memos two weeks before an incredibly important election.

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