Finally it seems that the GOP may begin finding a voice of opposition against President Obama’s socialist agenda and that voice might be House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia. It’s been a couple months since strong, steadfast Republican opposition has existed in congress, mainly because too many House GOP members were caught up in HOPE AND CHANGE propaganda.
Politico reports on the GOP’s budget brawl:
House Republicans have begun unveiling detailed alternatives to President Barack Obama’s policies — a concerted effort to push back against Democratic efforts to label them “the Party of No.”
On Wednesday, it was a housing plan. Thursday, it will be a big, TV-friendly stack of budget blueprints, “The Republican Road to Recovery.” That’s to match the president’s own platitudinous budget title, “A New Era of Responsibility.”
The House Republicans’ budget document, provided to POLITICO ahead of its release, makes sure no one can miss the point: Each chapter begins “The Republican Plan,” and each section is divided into “The President’s Budget” and “Republicans’ Solution.”
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the housing proposal that he rolled out with eight other House Republicans on Tuesday was “in response to the administration — and the president himself, who continues to say that Republicans don’t have any ideas.”
“We’re here today to say yes we do,” Cantor said. “This is one in a series. It will not be the last. We are committed to trying to pull the agenda back to the mainstream and to respond to the problems facing America’s families today.”
The documents — and the showmanship in releasing them — are the result of frustration by GOP leaders who repeatedly hear on TV that they have no alternatives.
In fact, they had their own plans. They just didn’t get much attention, partly because Republicans sometimes disagreed about them among themselves.
So the entire House GOP elected leadership will join Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the ranking member of the Budget Committee, for Thursday’s event. “It’s the old ‘I want to see it in writing,’” said a top House Republican official. “They’re going to see it in writing.”
Another official said: “We need to hold something up and say, ‘Here are our charts. Here are our graphs. It’s real.’”
The principles in the Republican budget will sound familiar: “limits the federal budget from growing faster than the family budget, … provides universal access to health care and secures entitlements, … lowers taxes, … keeps energy and fuel costs low, … ends the bailouts and reforms the financial system, … keep the cost of living low.”
Sounds ambitious, but it’s a lot easier to do when all you have to do is talk about it, not pass the legislation.
GOP leaders see these Obama alternatives as the starting point for a consistent party message going into next year’s midterms, where history suggests Republicans could have opportunities if the economy is still struggling.
I’ll remain cautiously optimistic and hopeful that a unified voice can be constructed against Obama’s disastrous plans.
Here’s Cantor drawing the line in the sand:
Any alternative which isn’t an assault on personal liberty and capitalism is a better solution than what Obama has presented and attempted to pass under the radar in some cases.
Hopefully the American people will realize the difference between government control and individual liberty when it comes to choosing which direction to head in 2010 with congressional elections.