Herman Cain
The split in the majority party between conservatives and RINOs – Republicans in Name Only – first became apparent during last year’s debate over proposals to restructure the Social Security program. The chasm has only deepened this session in debates and votes in Congress on immigration, tax policy, spending and judicial nominees. Whether we agree or not with all aspects of President Bush’s agenda, we at least know his positions. Conversely, Congressional Republicans are like a lost ship adrift at sea with no captain or compass.

President Bush’s policy agenda focuses primarily on the following five key issues: ensuring our national security, strengthening the economy, restructuring Social Security, approving spending increases on seemingly every government program and budget request, and enacting a so-called “comprehensive” immigration policy. That policy ultimately provides amnesty for illegal aliens, although the president, RINOs and Democrats deny it.

The Republicans’ agenda in Congress is much harder to determine. When Republicans seized majority status just 12 years ago, they were united by the principles contained in the Contract with America and guided by the leadership of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. When Gingrich left Congress, the rudder fell off the Republican ship. Today, it may be easier to predict what the first Martian who lands on Earth will order for breakfast than the Congressional Republicans’ policy agenda.

For example, the Senate recently voted 62-36 to pass the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act.” Twenty-three RINOs joined 38 Democrats and one Independent in support of the legislation. Five of those RINOs are oft-mentioned presidential wannabes, including Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN). What message does it send to the Republican Party’s base when their Senate Majority Leader votes with 38 Democrats in support of a seriously flawed immigration reform bill? And just like the runaway costs of the misguided prescription drug bill, the senators have no idea what this bill will cost us in increased taxes and compromises to national security.

The message is clear. They take our votes for granted, and are trying to gain favor with those who are not even legal voting citizens yet, if ever.

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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