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 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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