What Is To Be Done?
Dallas Rep. Jeb Hensarling became the latest Republican to suggest ways for the Party to get its act together before November. He follows Tom Cole’s pep talk, “The NRCC Can’t Help You,” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s call for “re-branding” the GOP.
The eight-point prescription he offered got a semi-cool reception, but he’s hoping to get consensus when Republicans reconvene after the Memorial Day break. He boiled his plan down to three central planks meant to reflect core principles that speak to the “hearts, minds, aspirations and pocketbooks of the American people.”•Pass a constitutional amendment to limit federal spending.
•Scrap the tax code, and replace it with a two-tiered flat tax that would fit on one page.
•Halt “earmarks,” the special spending projects that lawmakers can insert into legislation.
Secondary ideas focus on health care, expanding domestic energy production, abortion, school choice, welfare reform and broad federal wiretapping authority to fight terror.
Are those the things you care about this year?