Ryan's previous budget bill was shot down by his own party because even they knew it wasn't workable.The Republican Party Has Taken A Big Step Forward
You may not have noticed, but many of the leaders in the Republican Party have shifted their focus recently and started proposing substantive policy agendas.
This intellectual resurgence is still in its infancy stage, but after nearly five years of obstruction, this shift towards a positive policy platform is an important first step for the reform conservative movement.
It began in September with Sen. Mike Lee's (R-Utah) plan to reform that tax code, which focused on expanding the child tax credit and ensuring that it is available to all parents. Lee also unveiled a prison reform bill that would allow judges leniency in mandatory minimum sentences under certain conditions and would cut some drug-related mandatory minimums in half.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) crafted the budget deal with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) over intense opposition from tea party groups and the conservative base. The agreement relaxed some of sequestration both this year and in 2015. He is also planning on releasing an antipoverty agenda sometime later this year, as well as potentially a health care reform proposal.
A few weeks ago, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) unveiled his own antipoverty agenda that would create a Flex Fund that would transfer lump sump payments to the states and let them use the money as they see fit. It would also turn the earned income tax credit (EITC) into a wage subsidy so that married couples can take more advantage of it.
Yesterday, Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) unveiled a new health reform plan that is the most comprehensive, realistic replacement to the Affordable Care Act that any Republican has introduced in years.
All of these proposals have good and bad ideas. Most of them are just raw frameworks and need much more detail before we can judge them. But they are all positive platforms that at least attempt to solve real problems.
That has been missing from the Republican Party since Obama took office.
Congressional Republicans stuck to repealing Obamacare, rather than outlining a replacement. They never proposed a different jobs plan. On middle class wages and poverty, there was nothing. In Congress, their goal was not to put forward legitimate platforms, but to oppose everything that President Obama and the Democratic Party put forward.
"If you’re in the minority, you’re not going to get your plans through," said James Pethokoukis, the economics columnist-blogger for the American Enterprise Institute. "The best you can do is either change the plans of the majority or try to block those plans."
Republicans chose the latter strategy and unwaveringly stuck to it. Now, that's changed.
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so someone figured out that obstructionism won't work. took long enough.
Sometimes two slaps upside their heads actually does work!