Republicans are standing at the threshold of leadership in the U.S. House and Senate. They have the opportunity to either confirm the belief that we really have a “do nothing congress,” or that our body of elected members can effectively govern our country.
Some vocal politicians and pundits cry such slogans as: Repeal Obamacare! Defund the immigration order! Or derail the EPA! Such actions are dramatic and certainly make headlines but would, if passed, have virtually no chance of surviving a presidential veto. Such bills would simply reinforce the opinion that the Republicans failed to deliver the better government that they promised in the 2014 elections.
The Republicans and Democrats need to rebuild the people’s confidence in government. Not by approving massive thousand-page bills, but rather by passing a number of small, popular pieces of common-sense legislation. This would not only restore the bipartisan atmosphere in Congress, but would send President Obama the bills that he has been asking for, and that he would be hard-pressed to veto.
Examples of this legislation might include individual bills that strike the medical devices tax, impose restrictions on government agencies, allow health insurance companies to operate across state lines, legislatively define “wetlands” and “clean air” (rather than letting the EPA do it), reverse stupid entitlement programs one or two a time, etc.
Many polling organizations say that the majority of people believe the country is on the wrong track. The nation is at a critical point that could change this direction.
Republicans need to prove to the people and to the president that they have, as Dale Carnegie said, “the ability to get things done.”