Once again Republicans prove to be quite good at turning the right policies into a losing proposition by failing to combine those policies with the right politics and winning optics. And in the end, once against, Republican politicians can easily turn an good political victory in policy and politics into a defeat. The current issues are the defunding of ObamaCare and the cuts in spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known by most as the “food stamps” program.
In both instances, Republicans are advocating the right policy, that we should defund ObamaCare and find a way to spend less money on food stamps. But the way the pursue these policy objectives, that is the strategy employed (or the lack of a strategy) is very poorly thought out and plays so well into the hands of the other side. What does the other side always say about Republicans? Republicans are cold-hearted and mean-spirited and want to take food out of the mouths of the poor and deny health care to the uninsured and elderly. Remember the infamous liberal Democrats television spot appearing to show Paul Ryan pushing granny off the cliff? That is precisely how the left wants the public to view Republicans.
Guess what? When Republicans are only saying “no” to the left and seeking to cut spending on popular liberal government programs or defunding them, they play right into the hands of the left and allow the left to much more effectively portray Republicans that way.
There is a reason why just saying “no” on ObamaCare is not good enough, and why the opposition should present the voting public with a solid alternative, on which maybe voters can then give Republicans a chance to implement that vision after the next election. There were many real problems with the pre-ObamaCare health care system as it operated, but most Republicans and independent voters surveyed clearly believe ObamaCare makes the system measurably worse overall. So Republicans should present a viable, free-market based alternative in combination with repealing and defunding the disastrous ObamaCare system. This would prove that Republicans do have a solid alternative, that they do have ideas, and they aren't just constantly being a reactionary voice of “no” every time the far left attempts to implement their ideas. Republicans won't defeat something with nothing, no matter how bad the “something” from the other side is. If Republicans want to win the debate and win the coming elections, they need to present something to the voters to show their vision of how government and economics should be run.
The same is true with the push to cut spending on food stamps. It's right but it's not enough. Democrats like to represent themselves as the “party of the little guy” as they stand up for food stamps but very quietly give billions in corporate welfare to their friends on Wall Street, at the expense of real people on Main Street. Republicans should destroy this image, and improve their won while pursuing good policy that benefits citizens by pursuing two or three dollars in cuts to corporate welfare for every dollar they want cut from food stamps. What would liberals Democrats say to demonize that? Not much.
At the same time, Republicans should present their vision to the country of a growing and prosperous economy, and how to get that, that would create good paying jobs that would enable more recipients to give up their food stamps for a much better standard of living that would come from being employed making a good income that brings them a much better life. Just think how powerful a message this would be, if the GOP would show voters how they would bring about a growing economy rather than just wanting to cut food stamps without offering a positive alternative. This would make it that much tougher for the left to portray Republicans as mean-spirited and cold-hearted that just want to deny poor people their benefits. It would also check-mate liberals Democrats who otherwise win running the same tricks from the same tired liberal playbook year after year after year.
It's time for Republicans to start becoming a real opposition party with vision and ideas, rather than just the party of “no” that shows voters they have no ideas and no basis for opposition other than just saying the left is going to far to the left. Sure the left is extreme, but something will always beat nothing no matter how extreme the something is. If the GOP wants to win, a vision of positive and conservative ideas, not becoming Democrat Lite, is the route to victory. But the GOP has to actually propose and promote those positive conservative ideas as alternatives to the statist and socialist ideas of the far left. Just saying “no” is not enough.
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