As the Republican National Convention approaches in Tampa, Florida, key topics for uniting the Party behind Romney are beginning to be floated around. Who will Romney choose for VP? Does he have a real chance at beating Barry? Etc, etc, etc….
While the convention goal is to nominate the Republican Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates for the November General Election, there will be both official recorded business and unofficial “off the record” business. Both are important to moving forward and taking the White House and Senate back in November.
As the committees go through the nominating the permanent Convention Chairman, proposing rules of conduct, and planks for the Party Platform – somebody had better be talking to Ron Paul to get with ousting Obama if he wants anything to do with a Romney Administration. Don’t get me wrong – I love 90% of what Dr Paul proposes, but 10% scares the daylights out of me and most of America. We know he has a heck of a following. I personally witnessed what a handful of well-educated Paul supporters on Roberts Rules of Order did at the Republican State Convention of Texas 2 weeks ago. They slowed the convention to where it had to have a late night meeting to resolve business that cost the RPT tens of thousands of dollars. To the Ron Paul people – don’t be so hard-headed about Paul getting the nomination that you hold down the convention. Dr Paul will not be the Presidential or VP nominee, but if he plays his cards right I would sure love to see him in a Cabinet Post that is charge of auditing the Fed!
Will the Supreme Court strike down BO Care in all or just in part? We’ll know soon enough. While the official stand from the Party should be to dismantle it should the Supremes decision fall short, there are some critical issues in healthcare the party can no longer afford to ignore for the benefit of the insurance industry’s support. This past week Aetna, Humana, and United Healthcare came out for consumer friendly provisions of BO Care that actually made sense in a bill full of garbage. These included to allow young people to stay on their parents’ plans until the age of 26, offer a third-party appeals process for coverage denials, and provide preventive benefits such as immunizations without any out-of-pocket expense for consumers. Humana and UnitedHealth also said they would continue the law’s ban on lifetime maximums on most benefit payouts, as well as a promise that policies can generally be rescinded only in cases where a consumer was deliberately misleading in an application. Blue Cross & Blue Shield has not made such an announcement, but look for one soon. Be committed to tearing down the state barriers for healthcare, amend existing federal laws that allow for Risk Purchasing Groups and Risk Retention Groups to be expanded in definition to allow small groups to band together and get costs down. In short – lead the way on this topic.
KEY OFFICIAL PLATFORM ISSUES
Now you may be shouting that healthcare is a national platform issue and is part of the 2008 GOP Platform and you would be correct. However, the items I mentioned before are issues big business is reluctant on providing and whether those items are official or not – conservatives need to see them through to get real healthcare reform. Government spending and borrowing is at the top of everyone’s mind, so do something unique about it, don’t just spit out the same stuff over and over. You want to grab the attention of supporters? Then add support for Zero Based Budgeting, 10 year Sunset Feasibility Review for every federal agency outside of the military, and support a law to restrict what Congress can borrow against the future of this nation.
It would seem Social Security and Medicare would be right at the top on the platform, but that would not reflect the mood of nation. Unless you live under a rock, you know those programs are in trouble and need big reform. Cutting spending in other areas can help, but getting this nation back to work will help generate more revenue for those programs than any other maneuver. The party writes the correct items needed in past platforms, but they are doing a lousy job of communicating it. You cannot just point a finger at Obama and say “its his fault” like he does with former President Bush. Paint a word picture of how the economy failed. Explain why finance markets dried up and it became next to impossible to get a loan to buy a car, home, business, etc. People are not stupid and if the Party will take the time to go into detail and show how their plan can cure this illness, you might even find some Dems crossing the party line. Everyone hears about how we are over-regulated, but has the party ever laid in out in plain english for everyone to see the route to poverty in this nation is through over-regulation. I wrote a rather tongue-in-cheek blog in September on this topic that might be a good time to review –
However, the one plank that will be watched the most, in my opinion, will be on immigration. We are a nation of immigrants and this issue tears at us more than spending. It is an opportunity for the Party to take a true leadership role and define the direction this nation should follow. I am going to blog extensively on this later this week and I’ll give you a clue on what I follow – the proposed Texas Solution as approved at the Republican State Convention of Texas. I’ll let you intellectual egg heads laugh and imagine what sort of national platform Texas came up with. Considering we are one of the top states dealing with the issue, have a long history on the topic, and want a positive solution – I am fairly sure a high degree of surprise will be seen with what Texas proposed. I also think all conservatives need to read the recent Time Magazine article “We are Americans* *Just not Legally” by Jose Antonio Vargas. It is a well written insight to immigration issues many people will be amazed to know exist. While I am not a fan of blanket amnesty, the Dream Act, Huffington Post, or Time Magazine for that matter – I would check out these links:
. You do have to subscribe to Time to view the article online. Otherwise, go and buy a copy this one time.
Oh. one more thing. Someone get ahold of Romney and tell him that finding his spine does not mean an Executive Order to attack Iran.
Maybe we need to add revising or repealing the War Powers Act to the platform as well…..