Is the GOP the Party of Old?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2013 by indeepschmidt

Recently there has been much discussion in and around the GOP regarding the need for the party to rebrand itself. This is a concerted effort by those within the party to win over new voters. Exit polling data from the last presidential election shows that if Mitt Romney had carried just 50% of voters age 19-29 in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia he would have won the election handily. This while that target age group increased the overall share of the vote from 18% in 2008 to 19% reports The National Journal. When you add this to the other voter categories that are predominantly democratic being the minority and female, you can see why many may see the need to rebrand.

What does this mean to your average common Joe  Republican? In all actuality a lot. For the party to rebrand itself it will without doubt lose some of its base. So the question begs to reason will they gain more than they lose? If they begin to pander for votes my expectation is that they would lose a very sizable chunk of the base to the  Libertarian  party, the party of free choice and free market. While that may sound cool to some the fact is that no  Utopia such as this exists or can exist due to the fact that once they have it created, they will have to govern it which defeats the purpose.

Where can the party pick up votes without  disfranchising too much of the base? Not with Immigration reform. Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is feeling some significant pressure from the base as we speak. His plan adds too much to the debt and encompasses much of what is viewed by many to be amnesty. Not with entitlement reform.  You cannot begin to think about reforming entitlement spending without serious cuts to Social Security and Medicaid. We all saw how fast protesting at the White House began when the budget proposal was released just for  suggesting a cut to the increase in Social Security for the fiscal year. We are quickly running out of voters. Speaking of voters, how about voter ID? There would be no way to create a voter ID system and gain any minority or democratic voters. Here is Missouri we have seen the backlash of citizens when it was discovered that the State was secretly complying with the Real ID Act of 2005. Reform of almost any social issues would gain younger voters however these are the moral issues that keep many of the party voting Republican. Drug legalization, abortion, gay rights and on down the line. Social issue reform or  embracing the issues by the party would no doubt chase away many that hold the party as the moral authority.

So, whats left? Not much. My answer to the question is simple. Change nothing. Any major change to the Republican Party would turn it into the Whig Party. If the GOP sticks to its guns they may in fact not win the presidency for a while. Does that mean anything? I would argue only on foreign policy issues. As long as the GOP can hold enough congressional seats to prevent the Democrats from having a bulletproof majority it is really simply put a matter of pride. In the meantime here is what I know will happen. The liberal progressive agenda will fiscally destroy the country, perhaps beyond repairing it in the near future. It would be a major uphill climb no doubt but one I think we could make. The liberals would be put back into their holes and shown that right along with every other Socialist regime in history this one would also fail. Oh what a story would it make and in the end the GOP will be able to hold its head high for not having sacrificed its principle for votes.

The #trainwreck Cometh

Posted in Obamacare with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by indeepschmidt

A recent  Washington  Post Poll shows that 42% of all Americans don’t know that Obamacare is law. The complexities and opposition to this law is documented daily by media outlets, bloggers and politicians. The question that this rises with me is “why is something not being done about it”.

Speaker John Boehner tweets about #trainwreck daily;

Boehner is tweeting about a WSJ  article  citing the effects Obamacare is having on the economy. The House which is  controlled  by republicans have the ability to do multiple things within the scope of the  constitution.  First of all they could just vote for #fullrepeal. Speaker Boehner himself has tweeted with this  hash tag  as well as some other prominent house members. I am of the opinion that while this is still a  long shot to pass with an up or down vote there may never be a better time for this. There are 21 Senate Dem’s that are up for re-election this midterm. Many of them are quoted in other media sources as having misgivings on whether or not health care reform can be fully  implemented  without causing severe damage to the workforce.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont.,said he’s “very concerned” that new health insurance marketplaces for consumers and small businesses will not open on time in every state, and that if they do, they might just flop because residents don’t have the information they need to make choices.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is on the record  conceding that insurance rates will rise with the implementation of the new law. She is also on the record in a WSJ report that with the current opposition to the new law in republican  controlled  states a smooth roll out for citizens to begin purchasing insurance from state exchanges is not currently possible. She also quotes failure of states to take on  Medicaid  expansion due to GOP blockage is credited with part of the problem.

Another of the laws  architects Senator Jay Rockefeller (D–WV),  was recently quoted in the Washington Examiner as saying “I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress,” he said,  “Tax reform obviously has been huge, too, but up to this point it is just beyond comprehension.”

This list of politicians retreating from the legislation has become somewhat of a “Who’s Who” list of Washington Democrats. Now that we have so famously “[passed it so we can see whats in it” I believe now is the time to repeal it. Which leads me back to the point of this article. Now is the time for the GOP leadership to make its move. Force a vote on repeal and get the Dem’s on the record as still being in favor of this law.

The second choice, and one that is not as simple as the first, is for the house appropriations  committee  to defund the law and all of its entities. The House of  Representatives  by the constitution has the  ability to strip all funding for the law. Including the money for Medicare expansion which is in large  part the nuts and bolts of the law. Without Medicare expansion money the law falls on its face due to lack of funding and would force the Dem’s to come back to the negotiating table. The bottom line is congress owes it to the public to get back to work on this before we all get caught up in the famous #train wreck. Stop politicizing the issue and DO SOMETHING!