January 5, 2013
What the GOP should stand for: Opportunity (Ted Cruz, January 3, 2013, Washington Post)
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2013 7:19 AMAmericans want to stand on their own feet, and Republicans need to champion policies that enable us to do so: ownership, choice and individual responsibility.Opportunity conservatism is a powerful frame to explain conservative policies that work. It covers the gamut of issues. Republicans shouldn't just assail excessive financial and environmental regulations; we should explain how those regulations kill jobs and restrict Americans' ability to buy their first home.Don't just say no to new taxes -- fundamentally reform the tax code so that every American can file his taxes on a postcard. Eliminate the corporate welfare and complexity that enrich only accountants and lawyers.Don't just criticize union bosses; explain how closed shops confiscate wages and make it harder for low-skilled workers to get jobs.Don't talk generically about education; advocate school choice to empower parents and expand opportunity for children struggling to get ahead.Don't just dwell on the long-term solvency of Social Security; promote personal accounts to allow low-income Americans to accumulate wealth and pass it on to future generations.Republicans ought to view, and explain, every policy through the lens of economic mobility. Conservative policies help those struggling to climb the economic ladder, and liberal policies hurt them. If Republicans want to win, we need to champion opportunity.