Revisiting Republican Congressional Campaign Commitments (2nd Edition)

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

This in an update to a column I wrote in April of this year. The italics reflect the previous column while the updates are in regular type:

During the 2014 congressional campaigns the Republicans told us that if we would give them a working majority in both Houses of Congress, they would stop Mr. Obama from unilaterally striking a deal with Iran and releasing the economic and trade sanctions previously imposed against Iran and the ayatollahs. We gave the Republicans a landslide victory in both houses of Congress and the result to date has been NOTHING.

Mr. Obama has now struck the deal with Iran that Republicans said they would stop. They have also acceded to a deal with Mr. Obama that any review of the Iran agreement by Congress must garner sufficient votes to override his promised veto – a nearly impossible chore. In the meantime, Mr. Obama has outflanked them again by presenting the deal to the United Nations which has accepted it and, thereby, nullified the ability of allied sanctions being re-imposed.

During the 2014 congressional campaigns the Republicans told us that if we would give them a working majority in both Houses of Congress, they would stop Mr. Obama from unilaterally granting amnesty from deportation to more than 5 Million illegal immigrants currently in America. We gave the Republicans a landslide victory in both houses of Congress and the result to date has been NOTHING.

To date the Republicans have done nothing in hopes that a federal court of appeals decision questioning the validity of Mr. Obama’s executive order is sustained after hearing and appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The Republicans have thus far failed to enact measures that would mandate construction of barriers at our southern border and/or reform our immigration system.

During the 2014 congressional campaigns the Republicans told us that if we would give them a working majority in both Houses of Congress, they would repeal and replace Obamacare. We gave the Republicans a landslide victory in both houses of Congress and the result to date has been NOTHING.

The Republicans, like children pressed against the window of the candy store, hoped that the United States Supreme Court would strike down Obamacare and thus save them the tough work of repealing and replacing it. When the Supreme Court failed – again – to do Congress’s work for them, the Republicans have sat silent with no alternative in sight.

During the 2014 congressional campaigns the Republicans told us that if we would give them a working majority in both Houses of Congress, they would enact meaningful tax reform. We gave the Republicans a landslide victory in both houses of Congress and the result to date has been NOTHING.

No tax reform has been offered or enacted. There are preliminary discussions going on to trade highway funding for tax treatment on foreign investments. Nothing has been done to address the high rates for domestic business or the complexities for average citizens. To date there has been a lot of big talk from Republican presidential candidates but nothing of substance from the Republican Congress.

The Republican majorities have failed at every turn to block the unilateral assumption and exercise of power by Mr. Obama. In fact, the only meaningful thing that the Republican majorities in Congress have accomplished is to add to an all too long of list of Republicans who believe they are qualified to be President. (Given that Mr. Obama has established the low mark for qualification one must conclude that all of these Republicans are “qualified” but few are capable.)

Recent polls indicate that the favorability rating of Republicans has fallen dramatically since the 2014 election. You need look no farther than the lack of progress on their promises for the reason.

We will revisit this list in October but do not be surprised when nothing changes. The Republican majorities in both houses of Congress are growing increasingly tenuous as nothing is accomplished. While the list grows of Republican presidential candidates who can beat Ms. Clinton in a head to head match up, the likelihood that the Republicans will retain the Senate fades with each passing day of inaction. If a Republican majority in both Houses of Congress cannot effectively check a president who presses and exceeds the limits of executive power, then we need to replace the Congress as much as we need to replace the President – and not with a Reid/Pelosi like Democrat majority.

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  • Bob Clark

    At least we don’t have to listen as much to Harry Reid’s diatribes and Nancy Pelosi. And we are getting actual budgets from Congress rather than continual just spend as is.

    The Supreme Court is a disappointment, as they just seem to make up words to add to whatever legislation their reviewing (nothin but politicians in black robes). We would do just as well to have 20 or so randomly selected college educated folks review each supreme court case and decide. Why limit making it up to just lawyers?

  • Eric Blair

    “… and not with a Reed/Pelosi like Democrat majority.”

    Amen to that. It needs to be a Warren/Sanders like Democrat majority.

    • guest

      Warren/Sanders, ubetcha, like a Hillary of beans sprouted outback in Blair’s back pfarty!

  • Jack Lord God

    It’s real simple – The Republicans promised to change or eliminate a law that has never had majority support, Obamacare. You can’t do that? Wow.

    OK, so then there was executive amnesty, again something Americans have been pretty clear on and have stopped several times now. You can’t do that? Huh, interesting.

    Now we have a deal negotiated by a man who can’t negotiate a sidewalk on a bicycle to give one of the worst countries in the world a nuke with which they have promised to start Armageddon. And Republicans can’t even stop that.

    At some point you have to ask yourself – did Republicans really want to stop any of this, or did they really just want to coast and line their pockets? Republicans have certainly warmed to Democrats historic ties to big business cronyism and learned how to cash in the same way. Think maybe you have been cheated?

    • Eric Blair

      “… warmed to Democrats historic ties to big business cronyism…”

      I would say, over the past 75 years (at the very least), they have led the charge.

      • AFL/CIO hombre

        FDR on you Blair, collective bargainer for public employee union trysts succoring US like Dem business as usual

    • ARDGEG IS BACK

      “Change a law that never had majority support “, ” something Americans have been pretty clear on”.
      You do understand that what “Americans want or Support ” has ABSOLUTELY no impact on what laws ACTUALLY GET PASSED!! The whole concept that we have a “representative government ” is a complete joke. Unless of course you’re talking about dead lions. Then of course we pass laws based on public opinion.

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