Dan Holler

This is welcome news because Washington-based special interest groups are still pushing for ratification despite the announced opposition of 34 Senators, which is enough to kill the treaty if it were brought up for a vote. Having the entire Party apparatus – and by extension the Romney campaign – opposed to the treaty is devastating for the internationalists who are determined to capture America’s wealth and redistribute it to developing and underdeveloped countries.

The premium-support model – a central tenet of Paul Ryan’s budget and The Heritage Foundation’s Saving the American Dream plan – is the only reform option that will ensure that Medicare is still around for future generations.

Committing to Medicare reform in the platform avoids a repeat of President Bush’s ill-fated Social Security reform, which was not an area of focus until after he won reelection in 2004. It also confirms that the election will be about a choice between two distinctly different visions for our country – a government-first vision espoused and enacted by President Obama versus a freedom-centered agenda touted by Romney and Ryan.

Last week, Mitt Romney hit on the freedom message at a campaign stop in Iowa:

“It is free men and women who drive our economy. President Obama, bless his heart, has tried to substitute government for free people, and it has not worked, and it will never work.”

So long as Romney, Ryan and their fellow Republicans remember that, conservatives will work eagerly for their victory in November, and 2012 will look much like 2010. However, if conservatives perceive a return to the days of earmarks, Medicare Part D, and No Child Left Behind, then 2012 will look much more like 2008.

Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.