Kimberly Strassel recent wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal that suggested House Republicans are fighting an uphill battle on the debt ceiling issue. They are outflanked, she argues, when they try to govern through their control of only one branch of Congress while the Democrats hold the White House. I think she’s right.
That’s why the Mitch McConnell plan loudly sneered at by many Republicans and Conservatives makes sense. McConnell argues that by giving the current President some phased-in authority to raise the debt ceiling, he will “own” both the debt and the economy.
If Republicans want to maintain the House, and win the Senate and Presidency in 2012, they need to spend more time and energy on job creation. Previously in this space, I suggested three specific policies the Republicans should propose: lowering the corporate income tax to 20%, expediting the new pipeline from Canada, and cutting federal expenditures. To these three policies, I now add a fourth, which I borrow from the liberal academic, former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich:
Let’s exempt the first $ 20,000 of income from payroll taxes for the next year. Send a bill to authorize this to the Senate and make the Democrat majority in the Senate either vote it down or approve it and send it to the President’s desk. Then we’ll see if the President is bold enough to veto an idea that originated with a fellow liberal, or if he can be post-partisan enough to sign it .
Republicans need to focus on jobs from now until the 2012 elections. They should make the Democrat majority in the Senate and the current President decide for the record — do they really care for the working class stiffs who need jobs and need help with daily personal home budgets or are they just all talk and no go ?
These innovative policies, as I’ve suggested before, are worthy of a Voices of the Tea Party e-book. I’m sure there are others willing to put forth their own views on the topic, and, I for one, would like to see them.
Quincy Williams is a tea party supporter who works for local government in a Blue State.