Mona Charen

Who will dare to stand up and try to explain that while no one opposes efforts to reduce violence, this law is ill-conceived and ineffective? No one. Republicans weren't about to see themselves portrayed as allies of wife beaters. For the record, wives are actually far safer from domestic abuse than unmarried women. So are the children of married women. The best way to protect women (and children) from domestic violence would be to encourage more women to marry.

The VAWA, along with free contraceptives, suspending deportations and agitation against voter ID, is part of the Democrats' permanent campaign. Republicans are not without recourse to similar tactics. Republicans can use their investigative powers to demand the emails exchanged between the White House and agency heads before the sequester. Was the Obama White House pressuring the departments to make the most painful possible cuts? We already know that under administration duress, a number of cabinet members made false statements about people being fired.

Republicans in the House are also free to pass legislation and challenge the Democrats in the Senate to oppose it.

They could pass an Affordable Energy for America bill encouraging the president to approve the XL pipeline (which his own State Department has just certified would not harm the environment), opening up more federal land for drilling and defunding expensive flops like solar power investment.

They could pass a Reduce Government Waste bill mandating that every department find and eliminate 10 percent of wasteful spending per year. Most importantly, they could pass a health reform proposal that would replace Obamacare. Ideally, such a law would replace the employer-centric model of health insurance by giving individuals, rather than employers, a $5,000 (refundable) tax credit for the purchase of health insurance. They could call it the Genuinely Affordable and Universal Care Act, because unlike Obamacare, it really would be.

None of these bills would pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. But they would acknowledge a reality -- that the permanent campaign must be engaged or it will be lost.


Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
 
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