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Sorry, Russell Kirk

… but conservatism is all about ideology after all. That’s what I gather by reading on National Review the House GOP’s demands in exchange for not shutting down the government. Check this:

  • One Year Debt Limit Increase
    • Not a dollar amount increase, but suspending the debt limit until the end of December 2014.
      • Similar to what we did earlier this year.
    • Want the year long to align with the year delay of Obamacare.
  • One Year Obamacare delay
  • Tax Reform Instructions
    • Similar to a bill we passed last fall, laying out broad from Ryan Budget principles for what tax reform should look like.
    • Gives fast track authority for tax reform legislation
  • Energy and regulatory reforms to promote economic growth
    • Includes pretty much every jobs bill we have passed this year and last Congress
    • All of these policies have important positive economic effects.
    • Energy provisions
      • Keystone Pipeline
      • Coal Ash regulations
      • Offshore drilling
      • Energy production on federal lands
      • EPA Carbon regulations
    • Regulatory reform
      • REINS Act
      • Regulatory process reform
      • Consent decree reform
      • Blocking Net Neutrality
  • Mandatory Spending Reforms
    • Mostly from the sequester replacement bills we passed last year
    • Federal Employee retirement reform
    • Ending the Dodd Frank bailout fund
    • Transitioning CFPB funding to Appropriations
    • Child Tax Credit Reform to prevent fraud
    • Repealing the Social Services Block grant
  • Health Spending Reforms
    • Means testing Medicare
    • Repealing a Medicaid Provider tax gimmick
    • Tort reform
    • Altering Disproportion Share Hospitals
    • Repealing the Public Health trust Fund

Hey, I agree with a lot of this! But they are threatening to shut down the US government unless they get this Santa Claus wish list? Hell, why don’t they just demand that the president offer himself up as Putin’s prison bride while they’re at it? I don’t get this at all. It’s like a cartoon.

So, we are getting in our mailbox these days literature from Republican candidates for Congress in my district’s special election. Given the demographics here, the Republican will probably win. Know what the big issues facing America are, according to these Republicans? Repealing Obamacare, fighting Big Government, and sticking it to The Liberals Who Run Washington.


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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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