The sense of impending doom threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy…
(Deroy Murdock, Liberty Headlines) House Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement Wednesday suggests that Republicans are bracing for heavy losses in November, perhaps costing them control of the House and even the Senate.
But the biggest danger for Republicans is not ferocious Democrats, who collectively resemble a freshly fueled tank brigade.
What Republicans have to fear is…fear itself.
In nearly every center-Right gathering that I have attended lately, the sense of impending doom threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Improving GOP numbers in the generic ballot, President Donald J. Trump’s rising approval ratings, and encouraging news — from the economy to the becalmed Korean peninsula — do little to cheer up gloomy Republicans.
But nowhere is it written that the GOP must lose either house of Congress, much less any seats at all.
In fact, if congressional Republicans want to maintain their majorities, the best thing they can do is their jobs.
Congress needs to snap out of its collective funk, re-double its efforts, and litter President Trump’s desk with pro-market, limited-government legislation to sign.
- A rescission bill, to disinfect some of the self-humiliating fiscal obscenity in last month’s omnibus-spending catastrophe.
- A bipartisan DACA/wall swap seems within reach. Fugitive cities also should lose federal funds until they stop harboring violent illegal-alien criminals.
- Junking Obamacare deserves a fresh push. At a minimum, Congress should scrap this heinous program’s destructive levies, such as the job-killing tanning-salon tax. Americans also should be freed to open universal health-savings accounts and purchase low-cost, no frills, catastrophic plans. Those who reject Obama’s frills should not have to buy them.
- House adoption of the Senate’s unanimously approved Right to Try bill would give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs. So would Senate endorsement of a similar, recently passed House measure. But neither house will budge on this humane reform. Meanwhile, as members of Congress have bickered over this matter since August, Americans literallydrop dead begging for promising, if not-yet-approved, cures.
- An Audit Everything Act would make each federal agency endure a cellar-to-ceiling examination by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, or another major accounting firm. Vital functions should continue. Wasteful ones should be scrapped. Criminals should be arrested.
- A Universal Federal Accountability Act would permit on-the-spot dismissal of inept and/or corrupt federal officials — just like in the private sector. It’s past time to end the virtual inability to sack dysfunctional and crooked federal workers (e.g. IRS henchwoman Lois Lerner).
The Senate’s spa-like intensity cripples Congress’ productivity.
Gaveling in on Monday afternoon and jetting home after lunch on Thursdays won’t do.
Senators must consider the stack of worthwhile bills that the House, to its credit, already has passed.
Drowsy GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky must snatch the steering wheel from Democrat chief, Chuck Schumer of New York.
When Schumer says his party will filibuster measures, McConnell should call his bluff: Make Schumer and his Democrats stand up and talk and talk and talk until they are exhausted.
After a few such grueling experiences, Schumer might behave more reasonably.
A re-energized Senate must accelerate confirmations of judges, sub-cabinet appointees, and ambassadors — including Richard Grenell, who awaits a vote to represent America in Berlin.
So far, Democrats have filibustered 82 of Trump’s nominees.
Republicans did the same to only 12 designees in Obama’s first two years as president.
Come autumn, a GOP record of worthwhile legislative accomplishments (and no more omnibus-style acts of self-debasement) will re-energize the demoralized conservative base.
Convincing evidence of functioning, rather than misfiring, institutions should please independents, who crave smooth governance.
And the positive results of these initiatives should satisfy most voters, even thinking Democrats — beyond those whose mouths foam beside the barricades of social justice.
If this translates into continued Republican majorities on Capitol Hill, mission accomplished!
And, if not, at least Republicans will have spent six months securing major conservative victories that will make America great again — before Democrats take charge and reverse the process.
Either way, Republicans need to stop moaning and lead!
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online.