Paul  Weyrich

Now that the election is over, it is time to evaluate what the American public can expect from the 111th Congress and the incoming Presidency. There are several major issues, some mentioned before in this column, which the liberal leadership may seek to enact into law and which moderate Democrats and Republicans as well as conservatives must resist for the greater good of the country.

An elementary issue is the Fairness Doctrine. The Fairness Doctrine would require equal air time for differing political opinions. Because talk radio is dominated by conservative commentators, who, in a free market place, have proven to be the only viable broadcasters from an economic standpoint, the Fairness Doctrine essentially would end conservative talk radio. Liberals have been unable to make headway on the radio, so the only way they will have access to the commercial radio airwaves will be to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine.

Businesses and workers should be frightened by the prospect of enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act, sometimes called Card Check, which in union votes would end the secret ballot, something Americans hold dear and something that is necessary for a healthy democracy. This would greatly strengthen labor unions, a core constituency of leftist politicians, and would hurt the freedom of employees who oppose unions and may be subject to intimidation.

Expect an aggressive push to nationalize healthcare and erode private healthcare coverage. In spite of a poor economy, here and abroad, and the expense of a national healthcare program, Congress probably will try to make significant inroads in this area. And remember that once a massive Federal bureaucracy is created it is notoriously difficult to eliminate, as is obvious from the failed efforts to eliminate the unnecessary Department of Education.

In order to pay for this new spending the next Administration is likely to seek to raise taxes significantly. This may include massive increases in the death tax, the capital gains tax, income taxes and corporate taxes, among others. Such increases would cripple our economy, diminish growth, make goods and services much more expensive, and reduce Americans to a lower standard of living.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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