Just where ARE the Republicans?

On several news shows, Newt Gingrich has said he will make a decision around February 2011 as whether to pursue a run for 2012. Most likely his negatives are too high to ever get elected. Largely because the media painted him so badly, which is why Sarah Palin still has so much negative press. They tried it with Reagan but it didn’t work and he swept all the states but one in 1984. If someone is targeted with meaningless press, you know they are feared. Some one needs to figure out how to counteract all those media smears. But a mama grizzly just might be able to do it.

Newt Gingrich is famous for “nationalizing” the 1994 elections using the Contract with America. If any year ever called for a similar strategy, this is the year. We do have the Contract from America and Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America’s Future , but the leaders of the party seem to be missing in action. Truth is, both parties should be required to publish the main three to five things they wish to accomplish during their two year House term.

Well there is this: Republican lawmakers gird for rowdy tea party. Well it is The Washington Post so perhaps it is biased misinformation.

Yet some Republicans worry that tea-party candidates are settling too comfortably into their roles as unruly insurgents and could prove hard to manage if they get elected

Talk about lack of leadership and being disconnected from the people.

Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,” Lott said in an interview. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

But Lott said he’s not expecting a tea-party sweep. “I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people,” he said.

Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah), who failed to survive his party’s nominating process after running afoul of local tea-party activists, told a local Associated Press reporter last week that the GOP had jeopardized its chance to win Senate seats in Republican-leaning states such as Nevada and Kentucky and potentially in Colorado, where tea-party favorite Ken Buck has surged ahead of Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in their primary battle.

Bennett warned that such candidates are stealing attention from top GOP recruits such as Mike Castle in Delaware and John Hoeven in North Dakota, both of whom are favored to win seats held by Democrats. Nor are they helping the Republican Party to resolve its deeper identity problems, he said.

“That’s my concern, that at the moment there is not a cohesive Republican strategy of this is what we’re going to do,” Bennett told the AP. “And certainly among the tea-party types there’s clearly no strategy of this is what we’re going to do.”

Get a clue you political jerks! They appear to have learned NOTHING since 2006. Its real simple.

  1. Cut spending – make that slash spending. Go through the bureaucracy and kill every part of government or program that has failed to meet any worthwhile objective. See Department of Education. This agency is nothing but an epic failure. Spending has gone up while scores go down on international tests. This is an agency that could be slashed to the bone. Their role should be to identify “best practices” in the US and even abroad that local school boards can implement. This is true for many other agencies as well. Just being an information clearing house may be sufficient. If you could look up credit cards by user ratings, that is about all that would be needed. No one is going to use a credit card company only rated two stars. Now the companies would have to compete instead of jumping through hoops. Truly free markets are very efficient.
  2. Reduce the volume of regulations. Eliminate rules that are little more than hoop-jumping and fly-paper reports. You want a few simple rules like “Thou shalt not steal”, but if you do, you go to jail. No fines paid by stockholders – offenders just go to jail. In gray areas, publish the errors or error rate. Of course you first give the regulated an opportunity to find their own means of correction. Finally, have a public review as found at online stores like Amazon for agencies that have direct interaction with the public. Yes some comments are a bit kooky, but the majority are honest opinions and you can’t fool all the people all the time.
  3. Eliminate duplicate agencies and bureaucracy. Too often the excuse is “We don’t regulate that part”. These seams can be exploited. No one is responsible for overall performance. Concentrate responsibility and then get them to put forth a plan to fix the problem. If they tell you it will take four years, give them five. If they don’t get the job done, fire them and do something different. This also means congress has to do much more oversight on an annual basis. Today, oversight means holding hearings AFTER there is a crisis or disaster.
  4. Increase the role of Inspectors General. They should evaluate their organization to make sure objectives are being met while ensuring the agency is operating properly. In short, audit for performance as well as dollars and methods.
  5. Immigration reform – Reducing job opportunities will help the most. And NO amnesty! Amnesty will only ensure we will have to do this again.
    • Seal the border and stop people from overstaying their VISA. This isn’t just an immigration problem, that is a security problem. See 9-11 hijackers.
    • Put an end to anchor babies .
    • Appeal to legal immigrants. They are outraged by illegals the same way people get upset when some one cuts in line.
    • Steam line the immigration process. Quit all the hoop-jumping and do real background checks. And don’t allow people in just because some company like Microsoft wants to reduce its labor costs.
    • Improve E-Verify and raise the stakes on companies who hire illegal workers – $100,000 fine for each illegal hired. If you use a sub-contractor to hire your illegal workers, then the fine is $50,000 for every illegal he hired whether they worked for you or not.
    • If ICE can’t handle all the illegals, have local law enforcement photograph and fingerprint them with an entry in the NCIC database – or an ICE database. Again, see 9-11 hijackers.
  6. Stop all earmarks. This includes using must have bills, like funding the troops, to include amendments that have noting to do with the main purpose of the spending bill. All spending should have a straight up and down vote on a single matter.

That will do for now as the post is already far too long! Make that too verbose – that way it sounds more erudite so maybe they will pay attention. It really is that simple.

Update: One other caution. You BETTER have a plan in case you DO take over the house. We expect you to act like 1994 and NOT like 1999-2006. Otherwise, we will through you out AGAIN!

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  • Fleshlight Drach:

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  • Lynwood Fleshlight:

    The Republicans are finally getting the big government spending on immigration that they wanted from Bush. Bush was all about borrowing and spending BIG but, only if the money was leaving the US for Iraq or going to US war profiteers. That and the loosey goosey mortgage giveaways to the financial industry for he Bush program “The Ownership Society”