By Rebekah Rast
The gap of opposing viewpoints between Republicans and Democrats in
Congress is closing.
The fears of a Tea Party takeover in Congress from the 2010 elections
are far gone, and in fact, should now be laughed at.
Republicans had their opportunity, as the leading party in the U.S.
House of Representatives, to take a stand — the stand they promised
they’d take to the American people — to fight against frivolous
government spending, overregulation of the private sector and to put
America back on a path to prosperity.
Where does the health of America stand two years after those promises
The country now boasts a national debt of $15.3 trillion — now
exceeding the national economy, which at the end of 2011 came in at
$14.95 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The
much-too-low unemployment rate touted by the Department of Labor of 8.3
percent is more accurately estimated to be closer
to 11 percent. Also, in 2011, Congress increased spending from
the year before, raised the debt limit by $2 trillion, and funded
ObamaCare. And you can’t forget about Congress’ most recent move:
extending the payroll tax cut along with unemployment benefits — with
absolutely no way of paying for it.
For all of this to have happened the U.S. House, again with
Republicans in the majority, had to agree to it — and that they did.
What has happened that caused Republicans, who stand on a platform of
fiscal conservatism and smaller government, to have seemingly forgone
these values in exchange for the status quo? Why aren’t they standing
up for the core conservative values on which they campaigned?
In an effort to not overlook what the Republican Party did accomplish
these past two years: They have kept all the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts
intact to date, and well, it’s hard to think of much more.
Under this House Republican leadership, compromises have been few and
more often than not the true conservative agenda has been put aside in
order to appease Democrats in the Senate and White House.
How, two years after a huge nationwide movement like the Tea Party,
has so much changed? Does getting a taste of the power and prestige of
Capitol Hill strip a member of his core ideals? Does feeling the
pressure of having to kowtow to leadership cause new members to buckle?
Or maybe it’s the desire to keep ones job because, after all, two
years really isn’t enough to accomplish all you want, right?! Or is it
some kind of strategy, whereas after the elections if Republicans
retain a majority in the House they can throw all these concessions in
the face of Democrats and claim the nation hasn’t improved so now they
get to do things their way?
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