Diary

Our Vision vs. Their Attacks

The DCCC is launching a campaign against 28 Republican representatives. The official title of this campaign is Putting Families First. <a href=”http://dccc.org/blog/archives/dccc_announces_families_first_ad_campaign/” target=”_blank”><strong><span style=”color:#cc0000;”>In their press release</span></strong></a>, they make this outlandish statement:

<blockquote>House Republicans just don’t get it. They celebrate being the party of no and status quo, while more than 2.6 million Americans have lost their jobs, the stock market has plummeted wiping out nearly $7 trillion stock market wealth and endangering thousands of investors’ nest eggs, and one in 10 homeowners was delinquent on mortgage payments or in foreclosure this fall.</blockquote>What the Democrats lack in intelligent policy proposals, they make up for in chutzpah. The bill that House Democrats passed <a href=”http://www.letfreedomringblog.com/?p=3522” target=”_blank”><strong><span style=”color:#cc0000;”>included $4,190,000,000 in “neighborhood stabilization activities”</span></strong></a> led by ACORN and like-minded organizations. How is that putting families first?

Until President Obama foolishly picked a fight with Rush, the bill contained $200,000,000 for maintaining the National Mall and manicuring the lawn surrounding the National Mall. How is that putting families first?

Because Ms. Pelosi’s Democrats put together a bill that spends unprecedented amounts of money but doesn’t produce much, we’ll soon get hit with high inflation rates. High inflation rates are essentially a hidden tax on families, eroding their buying power and their abiliity to save for retirement and their children’s college educations. How is that putting families first?

Now is the time for Chairman Steele to put a working group together to put our pro-prosperity agenda together. Name Newt as the group’s chairman. Include legislators like Jim DeMint, Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan on that working group. Putting Washington outsiders like Carly Fiorina and/or Fred Smith on the panel would give the panel instant credibility.

Most importantly, it would produce an agenda that truly puts families first.

Putting a fact-based rapid response team is important, too. The RRT’s priumary responsibilities would include issuing statements on the pork and bad policies contained in the Democrats’ legislation. It would also include highlighting the unsustainable spending contained in the Democrats’ bills.

Something that shouldn’t be part of the RRT’s responsibilities is engaging in tit-for-tat sniping matchings. The goal of every communication should be to persude people to join our movement. It shouldn’t be about sounding snippy. When you criticize portions of the Democrats’ agenda, stick with the facts. Don’t get personal.

Something else that should be in the RRT’s toolbox should be a sense of humor. Poking fun at the Democrats’ policies highlights what needs highlighting without sounding irritable. It’s ok to stick the proverbial dagger in. It’s just best if you do that with a smile on your face and a cheerful disposition.

Here’s another portion of the Democrats’ misinformation campaign:

<blockquote>According to Politico, House Republicans celebrated voting against economic recovery while at their retreat last week:

But the mood Thursday night here at the posh Homestead Resort was buoyant after Wednesday’s vote, in which every Republican opposed the Democrats’ stimulus bill. The assembled Republicans rose in a standing ovation Thursday night when Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio showed them a C-SPAN video of the vote itself, according to people present.</blockquote>While it’s true that small portions of Ms. Pelosi’s bill would have provided economic stimulus, it’s more accurate to say that large chunks of the bill are payoffs to the Democrats’ political allies. The payoff portions of the bill do nothing to stimulate the economy. These parts of the bill will, however, trigger high inflation rates.

Here’s the real choice that Leader Boehner and Minority Whip Cantor: They could vote for a fatally flawed bill that would’ve hurt American families with high inflation and high unemployment rates or they could vote against it and tell Speaker Pelosi and President Obama that they wouldn’t sign onto was more about paying off the Democrats’ political allies than it did in terms of advancing policies that would lead us back to sustained prosperity.

It’s worth noting that Republicans didn’t just oppose the Democrats’ pork plan. <a href=”http://www.letfreedomringblog.com/?p=3549″><strong><span style=”color:#cc0000;”>They offered an alternative plan</span></strong></a> which would’ve put people back to work.

The difference between the Democrats’ bill and the House Republicans’ bill is that the Democrats’ bill is filled with pork while the House Republicans’ bill includes tax cuts that put people back to work.

The House Republicans’ bill is the only plan that substantively put families first. We should cheerfully preach that message to anyone who’ll listen because it’s a great message about real hope and intelligent change.

Comments welcome at LFR.