Posted by LambChop
Mitt Romney made a rare appearance Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press in a one-on-one with David Gregory. Romney claimed that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, if named the GOP nominee for President in 2016, could potentially “save” the Republican Party. Gregory asked if Romney also saw Texas Senator Ted Cruz as a "strong light." Romney dismissed the notion of Cruz as a serious candidate or party leader: "Look, I'm not going to disqualify anybody. But I think I've indicated some of the names that I think are most effective in becoming elected, and we'll see where it goes."
The reality for the GOP is that it must stop taking advice from losing candidates and pundits who have exceeded their expiration dates - McCain, Romney, Jeb Bush and Rove. In order to win 2014 and subsequently 2016, the GOP needs to coordinate around a principled platform that provides contrast with the Democrat platform that most Americans, if polled issue by issue do NOT support.
In order to win and save the United States from the dangerous path of financial ruin and European style socialist policies, the GOP should focus on domestic fiscal issues that are killing the American economy and hurting the average working family.
As a nation, we are broke.
In May 2012, the national debt started growing faster than GDP, which means that we are borrowing at a faster rate than we can possibly produce. Contrast that with the 1950s when America accounted for one half of the world's Gross Domestic Product, owning nearly 3/4 of the world's gold, with a trade surplus and we were the world’s leading creditor. Today, we're $17 trillion in debt, no gold, and the trade surpluses are gone. America's share of GDP has dropped to 25%, while the United States borrows 46 cents for every dollar it spends. The U.S. Treasury is the largest purchaser of our own bonds. "Debt service is crowding out normal economic functioning," according to Paul Brodsky, co-founder and manager of QB Asset Management. "The economy is shrinking."
Obama was responsible for the United States loss of our Triple A Credit Rating for the first time in the nation’s history.
And after the most recent debt ceiling debate and shutdown, Chinese Company downgraded our credit rating.
Keynesian Stimulus Failed.
The more than a trillion dollars of panic spending in 2008 did not work. It left the economy in a seemingly permanent slump. The labor force participation rate dropped to 63.2%, the lowest level since 1978, as job creation remains lackluster unemployment has stubbornly stayed over 7%. These increases in spending guaranteed future increased tax rates. Current statistics prove that redistributed income from the productive middle class to those on the dole did not magically cause consumer purchasing to increase as promised. Instead it fostered the reduced productivity that inevitably follows a shift of resources away from productive investment to the stagnant welfare pot of government redistribution.
Obamacare Does Not Work. At All.
Higher Costs. A comprehensive 50-state study by the Heritage Foundation has found that insurance premiums will increase under the first year of Obamacare in 45 of 50 states.
You can’t keep your coverage. Most will not qualify for the touted “affordability credits.” Instead, they will not only face higher premiums and deductibles, but will also receive increased out-of-pocket costs, and restrictions on choice of doctors and procedures. Coverage is being cancelled every day while companies are scrambling to afford the standards and pages of new regulations. Workers hours are being cut to less than 30 per week for employers to avoid healthcare fines.
The quality of care will be adversely impacted. Obamacare has already added fuel to the shortage of practicing physicians with physicians retiring and future MDs opting for other careers. Obamacare will force government decision boards who will get between doctors and patients, restricting physicians’ autonomy. Rationing will be the inevitable consequence.
Expose Democrats at every turn.
Democrats will try kill sequester budget number which is currently holding the baseline budgeting to 2008 levels. As long as Democrats are in control, they will not spell out their intended policies in a budget – if they did make their intentions transparent, they would lose 2014 elections across the board.