September 26, 2005

WHY NOT JUST USE HIGHWAY MONEY TO BUILD THE TANCREDO WALL?:

Rebuilding Republican credibility (Charles Bloomer, September 26, 2005, Enter Stage Right)

In a recent column, I criticized the Republican leadership for ignoring two topics that have become important to their conservative base – illegal immigration and massive spending. In this column, I want to follow up with some ideas for actions that the party can take to help regain credibility.

The conservative base is not opposed to immigration, so long as it is legal and in the best interest of this country. [...]

The solution is simple, but will cost money. The Republicans in office, including the president and congress, must authorize and fund significant increases in our Border Patrol. [...]

Among fiscal conservatives, the Republicans in office have lost all credibility as the party of smaller government. [...]

At least some Republicans are paying heed to the grumblings of conservatives. The Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives has responded to the challenge laid down by Tom DeLay. The RSC has come up with a list of recommendations for cuts to offset the funds to be spent on Katrina rebuilding.

The RSC ideas are a good start, but need to go further. Rather than spend billions of tax money to rebuild New Orleans, the administration should encourage private investment in the rebuilding process. Tax incentives on investments in post-Katrina and post-Rita, recovery such as an elimination of capital gains tax on those investments would draw considerable private money. Make the tax holiday on capital gains effective for ten years.

Beyond hurricane relief, the RSC should study ways to seriously cut the fat and pork from the federal budget. A great start would be to eliminate the 6000-plus pork barrel items in the Transportation Bill.


So you can buy off these folks with a vast increase in the federal bureaucracy and small cuts in discrete infrastructure programs but we're supposed to take their griping seriously?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2005 4:47 PM
Comments

I like it. And they could man the border patrol with draftees and station them on both borders and at all major ports of entry. Wrangle would like that.

Posted by: Genecis at September 26, 2005 5:49 PM
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