Republican Liberation What Real Commitment to America Looks Like


House Republican leaders, who have been throwing gasoline on the bonfire of red wave expectations for a year, finally unveiled their “Pledge to America” ​​plan last week. Friday’s bizarre rollout during a never-ending low-power event has been criticized for being light on details. This criticism is not unfounded.

The new “Contract with America” ​​is a whole page of text that lacks memorable and specific proposals. The plan certainly touches on ideas that Americans broadly support, such as tackling crime and not teaching kindergarteners about transgender. But motivating swing voters requires more than hitting a pleasant note or two. These are striking chords that really resonate.

What Newt Gingrich understood that today’s interim GOP leaders often forget is that despite deep political divisions, the reality of our politics is that there are always 60-40 or 70- 30. Kevin McCarthy should grab a few simple ideas and drive them.

Let’s start with something he understood well: the promise to repeal the expansion of the IRS. Adding 87,000 IRS agents and $80 billion to the federal budget to increase tax enforcement is a loser for most voters.

On immigration, it would have been a blow for Mr. McCarthy to pledge to prevent the federal government from secretly resettling illegal immigrants in the states without their permission. This would force federal authorities to find a way to reduce the number of people crossing the border and protect the integrity of communities from Washington’s overreach.

Taking some of the resources planned for the IRS and reprogramming them for Border Patrol or other law enforcement agencies to deal with the fentanyl crisis would also be a winner. Democrats want to talk about January 6 and climate change. The GOP should focus on stopping drugs that are killing tens of thousands of Americans. Simple. Efficient.

As simple and effective: doubling the production of natural gas and domestic lithium, as well as prohibiting any federal funds from going to energy, infrastructure or communication projects that use Chinese components.

Economically, running on lower taxes for the middle class can be widely sold to voters as a boost for their wallets and the flagging economy. Many Americans believe runaway government spending during COVID-19 contributed to the inflation crisis. Giving people back more of their own money by continuing to flatten the tax code is the exact opposite of what they hear from Democrats.

A middle-class tax cut plan would allow Republicans to tell families precisely how they will benefit at a time when they are struggling.

On crime, the GOP’s plan looks good, but they should clarify that resources will only go to localities that support the police. No city that has repealed qualified immunity or passed laws leading to the removal of the order should benefit from federal programs. Americans know that throwing money at crime does not operate in a vacuum.

Then there is education. The Parental Bill of Rights is a solid idea, but the GOP needs to go further. Their plan is expected to say definitively that Congress will tie federal funding for education to curriculum transparency and bans on teaching critical race theory, providing sexually explicit material to children, and aid in gender transition in school. Republicans need to make it clear that the left believes children belong to the state, not their parents.

Welfare reform was perhaps the most successful outcome of the 1994 Republican revolution, and it still works as a problem, especially in this post-COVID environment. The left is using federal money as a weapon to advance its agenda, buying up states and industries with our money. The GOP needs to start doing the same to reform welfare.

We have seen the toxic impact that “free” money has had on the American workforce, the budget and the economy. Democrats don’t seem to care too much about people spending their lives unemployed by the government.

Republicans need to clarify this with specific proposals to reduce dependency and “free” things. Work requirements should be imposed by the federal government and strict time limits should be put in place for more welfare programs. People who are fired because they “quietly quit” or who are not looking for work should not be eligible for unemployment.

All of these ideas are easy to understand, proven to work, and stand in direct contrast to the Democrats’ platform. These are the details people can talk about around a dinner table or anything that equates to the office water cooler these days. It’s a real plan that can win.

• Tom Basile is host of “America Right Now” on Newsmax TV, an author and former Bush administration official.


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