As Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) said earlier this year, this is nothing but “pandering” to our nation’s young people. The result will simply be that “the one out of two young people that come out of college and can’t find a job can default on those loans at a lower rate instead of a higher rate.” As with most things in Washington these days, this is nothing but a bipartisan short-term gimmick that fails to address the underlying problems.
Fortunately, not everyone in Washington is thinking about government-centric solutions. When Commerce Secretary John Bryson resigned for health reasons last week, Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY) raised the possibility of breaking up or eliminating the Department.
On the heels of the Republican Revolution, there was a serious effort to shutter the Commerce Department. In 1995, then-Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) said the battle over Commerce represented “a historic opportunity to stop the growth of government” and “it would be a tragedy” if the “effort to eliminate the Department of Commerce is defeated.”
He told a gathering at The Heritage Foundation that it would “be impossible, in my judgment, to successfully address the massive growth of government and balance the budget if we cannot even address dismantling this department and redesignating its core functions to other agencies.”
Senator Abraham’s warning proved prophetic. Not only did we fail to shutter Commerce, a Republican-controlled government went on to expand entitlements and explode spending, all of which laid the groundwork for a Democrat-controlled government to sweep in and saddle us with Obamacare.
From Congress to the Court, conservatives must remember we cannot miss out on another “historic opportunity to stop the growth of government.” That is why it is important to remember that regardless of what the Court decides on Obamacare, the American people have the last word. One way or another, the entire law must be scrapped from the books. Then, and only then, can the process of real, patient-centered reforms that cut costs begin.