If Republicans were smart and really wanted to set themselves apart from the (D)onkeys they’d embrace the Fair Tax. It’s plain to see that our tax system needs an overhaul if the Treasury Secretary can’t even figure it out.
I think it’s closer to being politically viable than a lot of people think. The inevitable backlash against big government policies and high taxes will be here before you know it. Why not be bold and try something fresh? If Republicans are going to make a comeback, they need to be innovative and put an emphasis on economic freedom. The Fair Tax would do it….I really think you would see the economy take off.
One thing I’ve noticed since November’s election is how visable Newt Gingrich still is. I know he’s got a lot going on, and is a good political observer, but I have to think that a political creature like Gingrich is still interested in political office. More specifically the highest office in the land.
Quite honestly the Republican Party has missed Newt’s intellectual firepower since he resigned as Speaker of the House.
There are a number of good contenders for the 2012 Republican nomination. Mark Sanford, Bobby Jindal among them. Youth is good, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing for the GOP to consider a tested political veteran like Gingrich, who clearly has ideas and a plan for where America needs to go. He would also be a nice contrast to the inexperienced featherweight that is Barack Obama.
Been pretty impressed with the turnout that I’ve seen at the tea parties that took place around the nation today. PJTV estimates 200,000 citizens took to the streets to protest against excessive government spending, bailouts and taxation without representation. I haven’t personally attended any, but it is good to see people are concerned about the direction that the country is headed in..towards European style government and spending policies. People concerned about a government that is trying to solve problems caused partially by too much debt, by going even further into debt..which will mean massive tax increases across all income levels in the not so distant future, and tax increases that are already taking effect on state and local levels.
The time has come for ordinary citizens that believe in limited government, personal responsiblity and fiscal discipline to get more involved. But one day isn’t enough. The process has to be constant and people have to stay engaged and informed. But the tea parties are good start.
The liberal media will of course do their usual hit jobs, picking out the most extreme people to interview, and generally will mock the protests. But they’re losing power and shouldn’t be taken seriously anyway. Eventually, they won’t be able to ignore or ridicule what’s going on.