Herman Cain
The recent National Football League draft provided each team and its fans optimism that this is the year they move one step closer to the championship by drafting the nation’s top collegiate talent. In November of this year, voters will once again go to the polls to select the men and women they believe will move them one step closer to big solutions to our nation’s biggest problems. The problem this year for the majority team’s fans – Republican voters – is that their team is failing to live up to the optimism that followed the 1994, 2000 and 2004 elections.

Not all of the 255 college football players selected in the recent professional draft will receive big bonuses or have an immediate positive impact on their new teams. Some will have stellar careers, but many will greatly disappoint their new teams and fans with poor performance.

Congressional Republicans have similarly disappointed their supporters over the past five years. For example, from the beginning of his first term, President Bush has made restructuring the broken Social Security system a priority. Yet few of his fellow Republicans have even acknowledged the facts found by his Social Security Commission and the Social Security Trustees – that the system is headed for sure bankruptcy under its present funding structure.

Bush was the quarterback on the issue of restructuring Social Security, and his team – the Republican majority – had the opportunity to go on offense and score a touchdown for our future. The problem was, Bush’s team wouldn’t even take the field with him, and the opposition creamed him.

Congressional Republicans are increasingly indistinguishable from the big government, tax-and-spend Democrats. They passed the disastrous Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, whose projected 10-year cost is a moving target approaching $1 trillion.

Republicans have further wasted their majority status by barring U.S. companies from tapping domestic sources of energy, and by not easing the regulatory burdens on constructing new nuclear energy facilities. They have been derelict in aggressively securing our borders, which continues to propose a national security threat. Many Republicans in the past five years have shown that their mascot is not the elephant, but the RINO – Republican In Name Only.

Herman Cain

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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