More importantly, both Ryan and Rubio seem to represent a new
breed of Republican leaders who want to double down on the GOP's devotion
to issues of fiscal responsibility, but couple them with policies that
offer opportunity and hope to a large number of people who now view
themselves as part of "the middle class" that clearly is drifting in the
direction of not only a liberal but, in many ways, increasingly socialist
Some very strong conservatives have urged that even Republicans
engage the White House and Democrats in Congress with blunt talk, spelling
out clearly what they observe, pulling no punches. And it appears, with
Boehner's declaration as to President Obama's intentions, even the
"Establishment Republicans" might be reaching that point. They replaced
the word "progressive," which is increasingly being used to label
President Obama, with the more accurate label of "moderately socialist,"
when describing current Democratic policy in Washington.
But if Republicans are to start stating the obvious about the
president's goals of redistributing wealth and resources through various
policies and legislation, they must offer an attractive alternative.
That means by its very necessity embracing the needs of the
nation's cities, finding a way to provide a path toward some form of legal
worker status that requires paying taxes and no shortcut to actual
citizenship. And, most importantly, that requires explaining how the
Republican policies of lower taxes, less government and defense of
personal liberties actually benefit the many voters who in November either
chose Obama out of fear, on a coin toss or simply decided not to come out
in support of Gov. Romney.
Republicans need more plain-speaking leaders who fight for
providing opportunity to more people through less government intrusion. In
other words, the Republicans truly do need more Jack Kemps.