Rep. Devin Nunes doesn’t need several hundred pages to explain his plans for America’s resurgence.
In Restoring the Republic: A Clear, Concise, and Colorful Blueprint for America‘s Future, the California Republican breaks down the game plan in well under 200 pages. It’s a no-nonsense book that diagnoses the country’s current ills and offers solutions in a straightforward way even Ed Schultz can grasp.
Today’s politicians, Democrats and some Republicans alike, hearken back to the Federalists who gave Thomas Jefferson fits during the country’s earliest days, Nunes writes. They crave a powerful central government that inevitably leads to less freedom for all.
The congressman begins by recalling the fear mongering that greeted the passage of TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program), the bank bailouts that we were told were the only way to prevent an economic catastrophe. The national conversation “was insulting to the intelligence of the American people,” he writes, but both parties succumbed to the rhetoric.
Today, the bailout critics seem to be multiplying and often the very same legislators who approved TARP are the ones decrying it now. But the bailouts were only the first in a series of assaults against common sense—and the country’s coffers. The Obama Administration’s healthcare reform package instigated a whole new entitlement program and cooked the books to make it seem like the country could afford it.
The solutions offered in Restoring start with a call to end redistricting trickery, even though that’s a subject that barely registers on the voters’ collective radar. Nunes argues that the gerrymandering of voting districts helps keep politicians in power rather than making them accountable to their constituents. It’s a practice both parties too eagerly embrace.
“Today’s gerrymandered congressmen are like old European royals … who knew they could never survive free and fair elections,” he writes.
The country’s need for efficient energy is in constant peril thanks to the environmentalist lobby. Its bullying tactics all but silence critics despite overheated claims and the group’s anti-human tendencies. That’s one reason the global-warming brigade poses such a threat. Environmentalists use warming claims to instigate measures like cap-and-trade that could cripple the economy. And, when the globe doesn’t warm as planned, they simply exchange the term “global warming” for “climate change” and start anew, he says.
Nunes offers a multi-pronged approach to energy in the 21st Century, combining drilling in ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), with the construction of new nuclear power plants and embracing coal refinements.
Nunes targets the “big three” next, the trio of entitlement programs that pose such a danger to the country’s fiscal house. Why not give Americans more control of the money taken out of their paychecks to pay for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, Nunes asks? If it’s good enough for members of Congress, who receive personal accounts called Thrift Savings Plans, than it should be just right for Joe and Jane American.
When the country’s top economic guru, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geitner, can’t help running afoul of tax trouble, it’s a safe bet the system could use some streamlining. And despite the combination of personal and corporate income taxes, capital gains taxes, estate taxes, sales taxes and local property taxes—just to name a few—the country has run up a staggering deficit.
The Obama Administration is likely planning another massive tax to foist on the public—a value added tax—meant to attack that deficit. So Nunes recommends a fair tax solution for California, a state already bogged down by job-killing bureaucracy. Its high tax rates and staggering deficit would make it the perfect place to start such an individualized approach, one that could later be copied by other distressed states.
Immigration reform also demands our attention because of the increasing drug-related violence roiling across our Southern border. Nunes shares anecdotes from newly christened Americans to hammer home how vital the immigrant experience is to the country. Then, he shares a three-point plan to fix the illegal immigrant problem: Rigorously securing the border with U.S. forces and touchback and guest worker programs to settle the chaotic situation at long last.
Restoring the Republic also looks at the looming threats across the globe from the rise of radical Islam to the combative regime in Iran. But fixing our domestic issues should be the first step toward addressing foreign policy matters. This country can’t support the Iranian freedom fighters and Venezuelans opposed to Hugo Chavez if our house of financial cards teeters toward collapse.
“Our rivals and enemies, of course, know full well where our weaknesses are and they craft their strategies accordingly,” he writes.
Restoring the Republic promises to give those enemies fits if modern politicians would consider the lessons explained so well within its pages.