The Republican Party isn’t making many promises this midterm election. It’s a strategic move to try to highlight the positive things they did to some extent, but mostly their strategy consists of warnings about what Democrats will do if they get the power.
It’s a good strategy and it just might work. It’s unfortunate they can’t run campaigns based on making more promises and keeping them. They simply didn’t keep the right promises in their first two years of complete control.
If this election goes their way and they retain control of the House and Senate, they absolutely must finish the job they were told to do two years ago. If they don’t, they will only be what they’ve been for eight years – a hedge between the Democrats and complete legislative power. That can be done with control of one chamber of Congress or the White House. With control over both chambers plus the White House, we should expect more.
If they win, we MUST expect more.
Here are three promises from 2016 that need to be met in 2019. Period.
Build the wall
It took pure cowardice to keep the border wall from being built. They were scared to pull money from other programs even after cutting pieces of bureaucracy. Why? Because they don’t think they can afford to really cut anything without feeling the pain on election day. That’s the cycle we’re in. It’s as if spending is so embedded that if any money is ever freed up, it must be spent elsewhere.
It should have been spent on the wall. This is inexcusable. Now we have at least two migrant caravans heading our way as a result of the GOP’s cowardice.
Get DC out of our healthcare AND abortion-on-demand
Repeal. Repeal and replace. Rename and shuffle. I don’t care what they do or how they do it. Get DC out of healthcare. Leave it to the states and the private sector where it has always belonged.
As for funding Planned Parenthood and other organizations that do abortion-on-demand, this should be a no-brainer. As long as Roe v. Wade stands, abortion is legal. That doesn’t mean our tax dollars need to pay for it. Planned Parenthood has proven their prowess is fundraising. They don’t need yours or my tax dollars to be redistributed to Democrats.
One might say they never promised to cut budgets. One may even point out that President Trump is against going after entitlements and wouldn’t risk cutting budgets before his reelection. Both of these may be true, but here’s the thing: fiscal responsibility was once considered a given for the Republican Party.
Those days are behind us.
Those days must return.
If the nation is stuck with big spending Party A and bigger spending party B, we’re not going to make it. All of the economic gains the country has made will be erased sooner rather than later. All of the benefits of lowering taxes will be wiped away.
Cutting taxes was a great move. Helping the economy was a better move. Neither is tenable if budgets continue to stay at Obama-era levels.
I will continue to do everything in my power to keep Democrats in the minority on Capitol Hill, but here’s the thing. If the GOP retains control and still can’t get these three things done, it’s the last election I’ll help them win.