New Year's Resolutions For The 112th Congress

It’s almost 2011. In some ways, the “hope,” “change,” and “yes we can” shenanigans of the 2008 presidential election seem like they were born just yesterday. But the actions of a President who has added more to our national debt than George Washington through Ronald Reagan combined have been in progress for far too long.

It’s time for a new team of fiscally responsible leaders to enter the scene and start cleaning up the mess. In the spirit of a rapidly approaching 2011, here are a few New Year’s resolutions I hope members of the 112th Congress will be making this January 1, 2011:

* It’s time to completely defund Obamacare in the short term with a long-term commitment to repeal. We will hold congressional hearings to expose Obamacare’s potential destructive consequences, will withhold all funding for the health care law in the budget, and will not compromise by accepting subtle modifications to a law that is cost-inefficient and will lead to the demise of America’s health care system. We are prepared to immediately offer specific, cost-efficient, pro-free-market alternatives to Obamacare.

* According to, “The federal government has accumulated more new debt — $3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29) — during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined.” So much for Nancy Pelosi’s phony 2007 promise of “no new deficit spending.” Well, things are about to change. If it’s unfunded, it won’t happen.

* Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the soon-to-be House Majority Leader, has promised to roll back spending to 2008 levels. We’re prepared to roll it back further. Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently declared, “I think that every piece of major legislation that goes forward from now on needs to have attached to it spending cuts.” We couldn’t agree more.

* We are ready to stand in the way of job-crippling cap-and-tax legislation. That includes any and all EPA regulatory schemes.

* It’s time to stop worrying about what may or may not make us popular, and to start doing what will promote our economic and national security. That means tackling Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. We’re prepared to support key elements of Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan‘s Roadmap, which will simultaneously cut costs and restore choice, freedom and opportunity to what has become government-run chaos.

* We will reverse any and all FCC net neutrality rules to help sustain the Internet’s thriving marketplace of innovation.

* The days of promising this or that are over. There has been plenty of conservative talk and little conservative action. We’re ready to walk the walk.

* We are prepared to do anything and everything we can to protect our border while supporting the legal immigration of individuals who seek to enrich our country with their talents and ambition. We will boldly and unapologetically reject lawlessness.

* We will simplify the existing tax code to promote saving and investment. Paul Ryan’s Roadmap — which includes replacing the corporate income tax with an 8.5 percent border-adjustable business consumption tax and would eliminate the death tax and taxes on capital gains, interest and dividends — offers an excellent model.

112th Congress, we’re counting on you. It’s time to make the distinction between the Left and the Right clear and pronounced. Put an end to business as usual and wishy-washy, do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do nonsense. Secure states’ rights and stop spending money we don’t have. Slam the
door on vague promises and empty rhetoric. Be willing to reject compromise that would damage our country. Leave the lefties and the RINOs behind.

According to a December 17-19 CNN telephone poll, 40 percent of those questioned have the most confidence in Republicans in Congress when it comes to major issues facing the country today, compared with 35 percent who have the most confidence in President Obama and 15 percent who have the most confidence in Democrats in Congress.

It’s time to put the conservative pedal to the metal. And it’s time to set the stage for a bold, principled, fully conservative president to lead the country come 2012.