Senate Republicans have so far this year shown little desire to follow the president?s ambitious leadership on restructuring Social Security and enacting fundamental changes to the income tax code. Bush, the quarterback, is ready to go with the winning play but too many Senate Republicans, his offensive line, won?t even take the field. Worse yet, many on his own team appear more eager to join the defense and stop every play. It is easy for Congressional Democrats and the liberal media to claim victory after victory when the team controlling the ball stands on the sidelines.
The professional politicians from both parties spend too much time engaged in the ?politics of politics,? instead of working on issues that will secure our nation?s economic infrastructure for our grandchildren. The politics of politics are activities that do more to improve a politician?s campaign war chest and his or her political career than actually finding solutions to our biggest issues.
The Republicans claim that the Democrats have no plan to address the Social Security crisis, but they are not even advancing their own plans. Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and John Sanunu (R-NH) have each introduced bills to rebuild Social Security, but Senate Republican leaders insist on holding more hearings and wringing their hands over a lack of Democratic support.
Unless Senate Republicans act more decisively to confirm Bush?s judicial nominees and move a Social Security bill through the legislative process, the opportunity will be lost forever. Even worse, the opportunity to replace the tax code will be set back severely.
Confirming Bush?s judicial nominees is an important and necessary Senate function as prescribed by our Constitution. However, the process should have been completed long ago and the Senate should now be tackling the big issues that most affect our crumbling economic infrastructure: restructuring Social Security and replacing the income tax code.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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