Strategic Advice for the GOP
More from Newt. It is really more of the same theme he has been sounding for the past few weeks. The GOP has many levers available to it, powers granted to Congress by the Founding Fathers. Yet they continue to pursue a negotiation strategy (behind closed doors) with a man who has no intention to negotiate nor compromise. Worse, he lies to the American people and demonizes the GOP. How to respond? Newt has some thoughts:
These history lessons are useful because they create a context in which the House Republicans can confront a simple truth.
- President Obama is treating them with contempt and disdain because they let him.
- The President is who he is.
- He ran for reelection as a big government liberal who believes in more spending, more taxes and more power in Washington.
With every speech and press conference President Obama reaffirms his contempt for Republicans and his disdain for working with them. (Just read this week’s vicious description of the Republicans in his press conference as an example.)
- Obama isn’t going to “moderate,” “be reasonable,” “show leadership,” or “compromise”.
- The President is going to push America as far to the left as he can.
- The President is going to demand everything and offer nothing.
- The President is going to be disingenuous at best, and dishonest at worst, in taking on Republicans.
Instead of trying to appease or change President Obama, Congressional Republicans have to come to grips with who they are and what their powers are.
The House Republicans should then focus on what they believe and decide to fund what they want to fund.
They should split the Continuing Resolution into a series of separate bills and methodically begin eliminating government agencies by simply refusing to fund them after March 31.
They should then attach the easiest to defend entitlement reforms (block-granting Medicaid — where most of the 30 Republican Governors would support them — and combining various welfare programs into one single program as Peter Ferrara has suggested), and attach them to the least important smaller continuing funding bills (e.g. Department of Labor , Department of Housing and Urban Development).
If the President wants to veto them, fine. Then he runs out of money for those institutions.
In the end, under our Constitution the Congress has more power than the president.That power, however, only exists when we have Congressmen and Congresswomen courageous enough to exercise it and smart enough to pick the right fights and then win the communications fight.
Until House Republicans assert their Constitutional powers they should expect the President to continue to treat them with contempt and disdain.
Real negotiations will begin only after they have defunded parts of his government.