Social & Domestic Issues

Steele’s Right Now Doesn’t Sugarcoat GOP’s Mistakes

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele feels the same sense of urgency regarding the Obama administration’s policies as do fellow conservatives.
 
It’s why Steele’s new book feels like it was written after reading the latest headlines on The Drudge Report.
 
Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda details the tactics conservatives need to embrace now today more than ever to smite the president‘s radical agenda.
 
It’s a formula for turning back the liberal tide started by the election of President Barack Obama, as well as a confirmation of the principles which bind members of the Republican party.
 
The book tallies up some of the reasons why the country is in Obama’s hands, and Steele doesn’t sugarcoat the explanation. Too many elected Republicans either ignored their conservative instincts or felt the need to become pseudo Democrats in order to curry favor with their foes.
 
A Republican president oversaw a rise in discretionary spending of nearly 50 percent from 2001 to 2004 and the largest new entitlement in history — the Medicaire Part D prescription drug subsidy.
 
Those mistakes led us to elect Sen. Barack Obama by a comfortable margin. But it’s not too late for the GOP to reverse course, reclaim the voters’ trust and thwart Obama’s plans for an extreme makeover for our country.
 
It’s all about big government for Obama, and that’s something that should strike fear in the hearts of every red blooded, red-state conservative.
 
Administration officials are “leaving the taxpayers in debt for generations and have created a ready excuse for massive tax increases in the future,” he writes.
 
Obama’s health care reform movement is simply a way toward a single payer system, or a socialist-based model for treating the sick. And for those who believe the administration when it says such a system would offer competition to private insurers, consider the administration’s attempt to push private student loan providers out of business and cover such loans via the government.
 
Some competition.
 
A similar dichotomy exists within the voucher debate. Liberal politicians extol the wonders of public schooling but too often herd their kiddies into private schools. Meanwhile, folks like President Obama try to squash voucher programs that would give poor families the choice of fleeing poorly run public schools for private institutions.
 
Conservatives expect that level of hypocrisy from the Left, and it’s about time they let the public know about it, Steele writes.
 
Right Way explains how the Obama administration’s policies, from forcing companies to buy carbon credits to restricting the use of coal power, will simply pass new taxes and fees onto consumers.
 
The administration’s list of broken promises is already extensive even after less than a year. Seniors missed out on an end to income taxes on seniors making $50,000 or less a year while companies won’t be getting a $3,000 tax credit per new employee hire any time soon.
 
And what about a more transparent government? Obama allowed only one of the first eleven bills he signed into law to be posted online for five days before they reached his desk.
 
Obama’s foreign policy mistakes are legion, from assuming rogue nations like Iran can be coddled to abandoning allies like Poland by withdrawing missile shield operations.
 
The president couldn’t even support Iranian citizens who protested their government’s chicanery following their presidential election.
 
The author occasionally draws upon his own life story to buttress his arguments. He extols the work ethic and teachings of his mother, Maebell, a women who worked tirelessly her whole life but never sought a handout. Instead, she taught her son the value of hard work, an appreciation for the opportunities the United States provides and the knowledge that money, power and fame cannot make people happy.
 
His fellow citizens — and members of the GOP — could learn a lot from his mother.
 
Steele prefers people see him as a citizen, not as a black man or member of any particular group. But he does consider the color of his own skin when critiquing his political opponents. He was shocked to learn from former President Jimmy Carter that by opposing Obama’s policies he, in fact, was a racist..
 
Liberals shun black conservatives because they don’t fit into their victim template.
 
“In a great and sad irony, identity politics has led liberals to circle back in defense of what they claim to hate: judging people by the color of their skin.”
 
And Steele temporarily drops his moderate voice when describing his frustration over liberals excusing ignorance, illegitimacy and vulgarity among some black people as “artifacts of black America’s ‘culture.’”
 
Republicans must not only take back the White House and Congress but must do the same with the culture. GOP members shouldn’t sit idly by while their opponents denigrate traditional moral and religious values.
 
President Obama’s undeniable charisma captivated voters a year ago, but those voters have come to understand his lack of experience, particularly in business matters, is having serious consequences for the nation.
 
Steele’s writing style throughout “Right Now” is plainspoken and direct, keeping with his philosophy that there’s precious time to waste before unwanted change sweeps the land.


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