We’re all screaming about smaller government, lower taxes and an adherence to Constitution. These are the principles behind the Tea Party Patriots and are essential tenants of the conservative movement.
But what does that mean?
We’ve spent a lot of time going over all that we dislike about government, but what do conservatives really want to do? And as a more practical matter, what should Republicans do if they get power back in Congress?
First, I have no problem with being the party of no. More accurately, the party of HELL NO. But again, practicality rears is head…this can’t take us very far. We need real, tangible legislative options that have teeth and are a great representation of conservative principles. Moreover, these options need to be realistic! I’ll frequently say things like, “Abolish Housing & Urban Development and the Dept. of Education!” While I believe those things, I also understand that getting rid of them is unlikely.
So, I wanted to provide a quick example of what we need to do. Paul Ryan (R- WI) is a brilliant congressman who has developed a plan that meets all of the criteria: based on reality, conservative in approach, and they have teeth. Here’s a summary:
Social Security – Preserves the system for those 55 and older, but allows those younger to put up to 33% of contributions into a personal account.
Medicare/Medicaid – Preserves the system for those over 55. His plan is based on the use of Medical Savings Accounts to fund health care costs.
Tax Code – Ryans plan “Simplifies tax rates to 10 percent on income up to $100,000 for joint filers, and $50,000 for single filers; and 25 percent on taxable income above these amounts.” Nice!
There is much more to Ryan’s Plan. This represents the exact type of legislative activity that will define the new conservative movement. Way to go Congressman Ryan!