Skip to comments.Are Republicans Listening To The Scott Brown Message? (Pro Growth Conservatism Alert)
Posted on 01/21/2010 10:33:39 PM PST by goldstategop
Sen. Scott Browns epic victory in Massachusetts on Tuesday night dealt a crushing blow to Obamacare, cap-and-trade, card check (and other union favors), and most importantly, all the tax hikes that are lingering on the table. But does Washington really understand the Scott Brown message?
President Obama thinks his remoteness and detachment are the problems. This is nonsense. Obamas tax hikes and spending explosion are what caused the populist tea-party revolt that was punctuated by Scott Browns extraordinary victory.
And that leads to the next question. Are the Republicans listening? Do they really understand why Scott Brown was victorious? If they do, why arent members of the Republican leadership loudly campaigning for an end to tax hikes, just like Scott Brown?
The cornucopia of tax hikes currently on the table includes higher levies on capital-gains, top earners, dividends, investment (via the payroll tax), carbon, millionaires, banks, stock transactions, and estates (via the death tax). Its a long Democratic wish list of anti-growth policies, and Scott Browns triumph should signal the end of it. But it wont happen unless GOP congressional leaders make a bid deal about it.
For example, some Blue Dog Democrats want to extend the Bush tax cuts, rather than letting them expire next year. Republican leaders should be making a big deal about this. They need to get it front and center, making expiration a condition to any new legislation.
Remember that Brown ran on a JFK/Ronald Reagan platform of across-the-board tax cuts to promote economic growth. Take a look at what the senator-elect had to say during his victory speech Tuesday night:
[BLOCK] This [health care] bill is not being debated openly and fairly. It will raise taxes, it will hurt Medicare, it will destroy jobs and run our nation deeper into debt . . . I will work in the Senate to put the government back on the side of people who create jobs and the millions of people who need jobs. And remember, as President John F. Kennedy stated, that starts with across-the-board tax cuts for businesses and families to create jobs, put more money in peoples pockets, and stimulate the economy. Its that simple. [ENDBLOCK]
There you have it. Scott Brown could not have been any clearer. Thats the great thing about his message its breathtaking clarity. Across-the-board tax cuts and a revival of free-market capitalism on the supply-side.
And recall that when President Obama mocked Scott Brown for driving a pickup truck, Brown quickly responded that unfortunately, in this economy, not everyone can buy a pickup. My goal is to change that, he said on the eve of the election, by cutting spending, lowering taxes, and letting people keep more of their own money. Right on message.
And during that campaign, Brown argued that health-care reform is a tax hike and that cap-and-trade is a tax hike. This should become the Republican message, too. Its about taxes, as well as spending.
A recent Washington Post poll showed that by 58 to 38 percent, voters want smaller government and fewer government services. This, too, should be the Republican congressional message.
It is, in fact, an economic-growth message, the likes of which we havent heard since Jack Kemp promoted it in the late 1970s. And the brilliance of Scott Brown was to use the JFK tax cuts an across-the-board reduction in marginal tax rates to attract Democrats and independents to his message.
An across-the-board tax cut is the fairest pro-growth message of them all. Lower tax rates for everybody. Get out of the box of rich people and class warfare. For the Ted Kennedy Democrats, that box has been a loser for decades. But for timid Republicans always on the defensive, now is the time to break out and adopt the Scott Brown theme.
This is what Reagan did. This is why the Gipper touted JFKs across-the-board tax cuts. Republicans must now be bold and fight for across-the-board tax relief, for families, individuals, and businesses, along with smaller government, fewer services, and across-the-board spending cuts.
While Team Obama is fighting for more government employment, with trillions of dollars of spending, it is time for Republicans to fight for private free-enterprise employment by letting folks keep more of what they earn and by providing new incentives for the extra hour worked and the extra investment dollar put at risk.
This is where the GOP must go. Republicans should not let another day pass without unleashing a fusillade of new tax-cutting proposals to get America moving again.
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the progressives dont care about Mr Brown just what they want.. and how will get it..... like little kids...
They’re too busy putting on record they’d like to continue work on “health care” but only if they get to start over and be allowed in the club this time.
Their lunacy hasn’t died and yet they think we’d be fine with being co-opted to serve their interests again.
I still hate them. Strong word and I mean it. Brown was a stop gap for the bill and that is all. Where it serves our interests to point out he campaigned on conservative themes even in liberal MA and won I’ll happily advanace the case as it harms the talking points of certain Republicans. Aside from that and a brief vacation to enjoy the faces of the Left, celebration is over. Back to finding challengers for these people or selecting the non McCain sponsered candidates this fall. That mean Carly needs to go down in California. And please J.D....run. I won’t give until you do but if you do the money bomb Brown had may pale next to yours.
I'd like to kick Dingy Harry and The Magic Negro in the nuts.
PALIN/BROWN 2012~~~~you betcha!
the day Obama came out with his bank tax, Scott Brown had a rebuttal. He took on this populist pander and was rewarded for it.
I was hoping he would give SOTU response. I do not know VA governor, maybe he will do well.
Larry Kudlow for the United States Sentate ! Bye Bye Chuckie !
No, Republican incumbents are NOT getting the Scott Brown message. They are not even listening to it.
Case in point: John McCain
After a few months in DC, I fear that even Scott Brown won’t be hearing his own message.
He will go along to get along in the exclusive social club euphemistically called the U.S. Senate. This body has not honored its oath to “uphold and defend” the Constitution for generations, now.
No reason to expect them to change any time soon, especially with “leadership” like John McCain.
Like the bailout you supported back in September 2008, Larry Kudlow, you tool.
Makes for a great sound bite. But I'll wait for the specifics on how he'd shrink government and control spending.
Kudlow has had 'some problems' in his past. The RATS would beat him over the head with 'it' 24/7.
McCain-Dole? Dole-Lieberman? Schwarznegger-Scozzafava? Palin-Graham? Lieberman-Byrd? Beck-O'Reilly? Brown-Snowe?
lol.try PALIN/BROWN 2012..you betcha~~~~~~~~
The ticket in 2012 is McCain-Gonzalez. Which Gonzalez is a matter of negotiation.