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Bill Maher, of all people, has given Republicans exactly what they need to regain control of Congress and end Joe Biden’s White House white house idiocy: a compelling platform.
The late-night comedian rightly slammed his own party recently, calling them a “party without common sense.” He is right; the GOP should campaign as the Common Sense Party.
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President Ronald Reagan was the high priest of common sense, supporting sound positions on environmental laws, school programs, defense spending and other issues. It worked then and it can work today.
Republicans need it; they must push back against the damaging progressive policies that are driving President Joe Biden and the Democrats to self-destruct, and they can. Nothing makes the ultra-liberals who, for example, argue that letting criminals out of jail reduce crime, or that pumping billions more dollars into a booming economy will slow inflation, seem dumber than old fashioned common sense.
The GOP must also bring its party together on a common platform. Here’s why: The stunning Republican midterm victories in 1994 and 2010, which party leaders hope to repeat this year, both had a compelling theme that drew Americans from all political backgrounds and helped unify their own party. .
In 1994, two years into Bill Clinton’s presidency, Republicans used Newt Gingrich’s deal with America to clinch 54 seats and take control of the House for the first time since 1954.
Just six weeks before that election, some 300 GOP candidates gathered on the steps of the capital to sign Gingrich’s contract. The contract called for a balanced budget amendment, common-sense measures to cut crime, cut taxes for the middle class, cut government and reform welfare. It was a brilliant platform that addressed voter concerns and promised to restore “the faith and confidence of the American people in their government.”
In the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans won an equally historic victory, winning 63 House seats, six Senate seats and six gubernatorial positions. Additionally, GOP candidates won 720 seats in the state legislature, leaving 26 states under GOP control.
This “shellacking”, as President Obama has described it, has been fueled by the righteous anger of the Tea Party, a grassroots movement of voters alarmed by the explosion in government spending and the huge corporate bailouts that followed the Great Recession. Americans were furious that our business leaders and politicians allowed an epic economic collapse in which millions of people who had nothing to do with the housing bubble and subsequent collapse lost their jobs.
This year, a year into his presidency, President Biden is floundering and his party is divided; unusually, polls show voters would prefer Republicans to control both the House and Senate. The stage is set; Bettors give the GOP a 70% chance of regaining control of the House and Senate, up from 32% in July.
Those odds grow longer if Republicans can unite behind a powerful common-sense platform that gives Americans what they want. Joe Biden and other Democrats have abandoned the middle path entirely, embracing far-left policies on issues ranging from the economy, school curriculum and immigration to crime. They gave the GOP a dramatic opening.
To take advantage of this openness, here’s what Republicans should offer:
Get America back on track.
More than three million fewer workers are at work today than in February 2020. A severe labor shortage is one of the main drivers of inflation; common sense says that work should be encouraged. Ditch the vaccination mandates that have taken truckers off the roads and nurses off the hospitals. We know that vaccines prevent people from becoming seriously ill or dying, but since fully vaccinated people can become infected and transmit the virus, there is no “public health” excuse for them. Also, Republicans must insist that relief and welfare payments go to the needy and ban the larger-scale payments that have kept workers on the sidelines.
Let’s make our streets safer.
Demand a return to police common sense and an end to dangerous bail and enforcement policies that allow hardened repeat offenders out of jail. The GOP must commit to making our streets safe again.
Enforce our immigration laws.
Stop the influx of people entering the country illegally by removing the rewards for breaking our laws. Strengthen our border, reduce the benefits and work opportunities available to undocumented people and adopt the “return to Mexico” policy. At the same time, grant Dreamers the legal status of legal resident aliens and a path to citizenship. Solve this common plague.
Give parents a choice of schools for their children.
Set standards for our schools that ensure opportunities for all and demand that failing schools be closed or reformed. Common sense means reducing the power of teacher unions that oppose accountability by making school choice a reality for all Americans.
Restore energy independence.
Return to an “all of the above” energy policy that protects Americans’ needs and preserves a critical geopolitical advantage. Encourage a gradual increase in the use of renewable energy under circumstances where it does not harm our economy or harm low-income Americans who bear the brunt of rising gasoline and home heating costs.
Protect small businesses.
Keep taxes low and reduce the burden of bureaucracy for all Americans, and especially the small businesses that are the backbone of our economy and our cities.
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This is not rocket science. Finding common ground, paying attention to voter concerns and attracting compromise is not magic; it takes a lot of work and requires strong arguments. Also, it takes common sense.
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Joe Biden was elected mainly because he was not Donald Trump and also because he promised to govern as a moderate and bring the country together. In his first year in office, Biden has completely betrayed the trust of American voters and deserves his own bombings in November. Presenting itself as the party of common sense, the Republicans have an excellent chance of achieving this.
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