My Message to the GOP
Posted by Mike O on June 5, 2010
I’ve been trying to make the leadership of the Republican Party- county and state- understand some things for some time, let me try to spell it out:
Does the Republican Party have any idea of how much trouble they are in?
Their assumption is the rapidly growing Tea Party will morph into an extension of- and will be directed by- the GOP. They could NOT be farther from the truth. They see the participation of much of our leadership in the state GOP convention as a sign of us coming to them to follow them. Again very wrong.
We are not coming to the GOP convention to be ‘Rah-Rah’ cheerleaders for the Republican Party; WE ARE COMING AS JUDGE AND JURY!
This is not about political clout and power; it is not about whose in charge. This is about the fact that this nation is headed for national bankruptcy in the next decade. And while the Democrats as they exist today are accelerating up toward that goal, the Republican Party- as it existed in the past and currently does- is inherently incapable of preventing it. The question is- can the GOP undergo the profound structural and philosophical changes necessary- to become the instrument to stop this financial catastrophe?
The GOP thinks it already is and could not be more wrong. A small piece of evidence as example: The following is a summary of earmarks from 2010; not from Democrats, but those related to Texas GOP House members:
|2010 Earmark Summary of Texas GOP House Members|
|Representative||Solo Earmarks||Number of Earmarks||Solo and With Other Members||Number of Earmarks||Solo, With Other Members & President||Number of Earmarks|
|Johnson, Sam (R-TX-3rd)||$1,850,000||2||$14,410,000||8||$14,410,000||8|
|Smith, Lamar (R-TX-21st)||$3,550,000||7||$14,078,000||18||$14,930,000||21|
|Hall, Ralph (R-TX-4th)||$4,750,000||7||$12,232,000||18||$12,232,000||18|
|Brady, Kevin (R-TX-8th)||$1,250,000||2||$4,250,000||8||$15,187,000||10|
|Sessions, Pete (R-TX-32nd)||$550,000||1||$550,000||1||$550,000||1|
These amounts are not large, but- as the last four Congressmen listed show- they are not necessary. And if the vast majority of the GOP House members from the very conservative state of Texas cannot find the intestinal fortitude to eschew earmarks, the GOP as a whole cannot possibly make the very large and far harder cuts necessary to save this country from the tsunami of red ink that will only continue and grow.
What this country needs is the political equivalent of Spartan warriors; iron-hard, budgetarily brutal men and women to wage this fiscal war for the future generations. I fear the GOP lacks enough of them to make a difference; I pray I am wrong about this.