Nonsequitur: Republican Leaders Who Are NOT Obstructionists

December 13, 2013

A common complaint from Democrat leaders and the media is that Republicans are “obstructionists,” the party of “No.” I’m not sure what they think a minority opposition should do, but here’s a quick review of how Republican leaders have offered, and in some cases, passed meaningful law and administrative solutions.

Congressman Paul Ryan: Not only has he passed deficit-reducing budgets through the House in each of the last 5 years (which are ignored or voted down by the Senate), he now has negotiated a working budget with the Senate Budget Committee Chair, Senator Murray. It is a compromise budget, but keeps much of the sequester while allowing targeted cuts and avoids future (partial) government shut-downs. It opens mandatory spending (entitlements) to budget review. You can see Ryan defending this compromise budget here. (Update: The compromise budget has passed the House vote.)

Governor Scott Walker: Of course, Governor Walker has received most attention for taking on the teachers’ union with Act 10 and surviving a recall vote. But his actions have resulting in major reductions in deficits for Wisconsin including this year. Now the Governor has offered a working solution to the failures of Obamacare to serve his constituents. The Democrat controlled legislature supports his work-around. Now he only needs approval from Secretary Sebelius.

Senator Rand Paul: Rand Paul is a voice of conscience (remember his “Drone” filibuster?) and a major spokesman for the Libertarian view of governance, but he also has concrete, workable ideas. Most recently, Paul took on Detroit’s bankruptcy and suggested way to turn the city around and perhaps model a solution for other cities in crisis. (A Republican who cares about urban poverty? Shades of Jack Kemp!)

Governors (current and former) Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, and Mike Huckabee: While none of these men has had a major, nation-wide leadership role (yet), all four showed they would be successful in such a role. They were able to develop and administer budgets with opposition legislatures; they were able to deal with economic crises and natural disasters; they were able to work successfully with federal agencies to resolve their constituents’ problems. In short, they did their jobs!

Besides getting the people’s business done, what do these leaders have in common? They will probably all be running for president in 2016. Throw in Marco Rubio, and maybe Condi Rice, and the Republicans should have great choices.

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