Time for House Republicans to put up or shut up
With less than a week until Republicans take over the House, their mission couldn’t be any more clear:
With Republicans in control of the House and Democrats in charge of the Senate, not much is likely to get done on the congressional front. But over at the executive branch, the race is on to control whatever isn’t already federally nailed down.
Last year, congressional Democrats gave us Obamacare against our will.
Last week, the executive branch’s elves tacked on an end-of-life planning mandate. (But no death panels here, folks. Nothing to see. Healthy people to the right; elderly and infirm to the left. Move along.)
Also last week, the Federal Communications Commission made its second lunge for the Internet, promulgating a slew of rules it clearly has no authority to make.
The Republican response to each of those massive federal power grabs has been a united and resounding, “No.” That was the correct answer.
As this coming congressional session unfolds, they’re going to have to continue giving that answer, continue telling the people why and offer wiser alternatives. That’s especially true of the House, where the Republican proposals will actually see the light of day. The House must build a record of freedom-promoting alternatives to the incremental lockdown on the public that the Obama administration is doggedly pursuing.
That’s it in a nutshell. The campaign is over–no more ads, no more sound bites. Time to act accordingly. The 112th Congress is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the Republican party to redeem itself.