The GOP is about to select the leadership that will take us into the 2010 election cycle and the big question in my mind is this: Do they know what they are doing?
Minority Leader: Mitch McConnel (R-KY)
Minority Whip: John Kyl (R-AZ)
House of Representatives:
Minority Leader: John A. Boehner (R-OH)
Minority Whip: Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Roy Blunt announced on November 6, 2008 that he was stepping down. On a report by Ryan Grim entitled Blunt Steps Down, Blunt is quoted to say, “Ten years of asking people to do things they don’t want to do is a long time.” With a statement like that one, it is the right time for Minority Whip Roy Blunt to step down. Read the statement and tell me if that sounds like a leadership statement?
Congressman Blunt has been in a leadership position since 1998 and is partly responsible for the failure of the Conservatives in the Republican party to hold true to their values of smaller government, lower taxes, and transparency with the Electorate. While Congressman Blunt made a list of the successes by the republican party in the last year, he neglected to list the biggest boondoggle in the history of the United States known as the Toxic Asset Repurchase Program (TARP) and Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA).
These two programs Congressman, are floundering and not once single Toxic Asset has been purchased and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae along with AIG and General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler LLC are all stepping to the feed trough and asking for their entitlement: Tax Payer Money!
The EESA and TARP have created the co-dependency between the free market and government that will poison good companies. If they don’t have to work hard to redefine themselves in light of economic conditions, and they can just ask the government for 25 Billion Dollars to help them get further before they put their hand out again, they won’t improve. The key to the free market is the harsh reality that if you don’t manage your company right, it will fail.
The Free Market is founded on the proven principle of “Survival of the fittest”. When government starts to intervene with good intentions, political intentions, parochial intentions, personal agendas and electorate considerations above the effective and efficient running of a corporation, ruin follows. If you have any doubt, look at every government that nationalized an industry and see how they faired. Not a single nationalized company anywhere in the world is able to beat a well run private company over the long haul and it boils down to the old axe “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” and when the government gives you tax payer money, then necessity hits the road, and with it so goes invention.
It is time for each of the leaders of the GOP to take a long good look at themselves and ask whether or not they should follow the good example set by Congressman Roy Blunt who proved in his statement to the press on November 6, 2008 quoted above that he did not have the leadership skills nor the motivation to lead the GOP and the Conservative party into the 2010 election cycle. Anyone who promoted and voted for EESA and TARP should be ousted not only from a leadership position but also from Congress and the Senate.
We need Conservatives in Washington that believe in the fundamental principles of smaller is better when it comes to government. We need elected officials who understand that the working folks have a better idea how to spend their money than government does, so please cut taxes; for all not just the lower 95 percent.
It is time for new leadership to lead the Conservative movement into the 2010 election cycle. Let me finish making the point by quoting Albert Einstein who said [and I paraphrase] “…to continue to do the exact same thing and expect different results, is the definition of insanity…”.
The Senate Republican Conference is scheduled to hold a vote on November 18, 2008 and I hope they keep in mind that new leaders, true Leaders are needed and not the same re-treads that have failed the party in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Let the House and the Senate clean house.
The Lee’s Summit Conservative
Reference: While I don’t agree 100% with this article, there is a good practical sense to it that I find worth while and thus I give you the link to it here: Conservative-GOP Dream is dazed, not dead