November 6, 2014

The Path Forward for the GOP

George Will: “Having completed their capture of control of the legislative branch, [Republicans] should start with the following six measures concerning practical governance and constitutional equilibrium: Abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. … Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. … Repeal the ACA’s tax on medical devices. … Improve energy, economic and environmental conditions by authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. … Mandate completion of the nuclear waste repository in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. … Pass the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. … Such measures may be too granular to satisfy the grandiose aspirations of those conservatives who … aspire to have their way completely while wielding just one branch of government. But if, as is likely, the result of Congress doing these and similar things is a blizzard of presidential vetoes, even this would be constructive. The 2016 presidential election would follow a two-year demonstration of how reactionary progressivism is in opposing changes to the nation’s trajectory. Congressional actions provoking executive rejections would frame the argument about progressivism. And as Margaret Thatcher advised, first you win the argument, then you win the vote.”

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