Mark Caserta: GOP must regroup and focus on 2015

25 Dec

It’s as if the mid-term elections never happened

Dec. 25, 2014 @ 12:01 AM
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Perhaps the GOP is suffering from post traumatic election syndrome, I’m not sure. But if they have any hopes of winning the White House in 2016 and sustaining a viable future for their party, they’d better learn how to deliver to the American people.

Unfortunately, as of right now, it’s as if the November mid-term elections never happened.

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Frankly, I’m disturbed the refocus on constitutional boundaries from those subscribing to the Tea Party has had such a divisive effect on Republicans. Exacerbating the issue is that leadership seems to lack the ability to coalesce its members around certain foundational principles.

Let me assure GOP leadership that anything less than a complete delineation from the progressive policies of the past six years will result in huge losses for the Republicans moving forward.

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The time has come for Republicans to regroup and focus on 2015.

Top priority is repealing Obamacare. Of course the president will veto the attempt, but with Harry Reid out of leadership, at least Obama will not be protected from having to sign bills that will elicit public opposition. Once Obama vetoes the bill, Republicans can then proceed with an incremental approach to repealing parts of the president’s healthcare law, some of which will likely garner some Democrat support, such as the employer mandate, the 30-hour work week and the medical device tax. Even if the president vetoes every single Obamacare repeal measure, the public will be incensed by higher costs and impending penalties.

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Another top priority of the new Congress must be securing the border. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives failed miserably in dealing with illegal immigration by passing the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” spending bill fully funding President Obama’s illegal executive order on amnesty. Failing to secure the borders is failing to protect the American people and our nation’s sovereignty.

Republicans must leverage their new majority in pursuing approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which experts say will create upward of 20,000 new jobs and bring us closer to energy independence. If Obama and Democrats attempt to stand in the way of more jobs and less expensive energy, they will surely feel the voter’s rebuke.

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The new Republican-controlled Senate must now leverage the same “nuclear option” invoked by Harry Reid, allowing his Democrat-controlled Senate to pack federal courts with Obama nominees with a simple majority vote. It’s crucial that our nation has conservative judges in the federal court system. As one of the three co-equal branches of government, the federal judiciary will play a vital role in our nation’s future.

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And it will be political suicide for conservatives not to follow through on campaign promises to begin reducing our nation’s debt, which has climbed to nearly $18 trillion. At an average of $56,000 for every American, our country cannot continue down this path.

Returning our country to its conservative roots will take time. The debilitating disease of liberalism didn’t besiege our nation overnight.

But the process must begin with Americans who still believe in the future of our nation and the 115th Republican-led Congress.

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Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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