Today, the House Republican Caucus launched a new effort dubbed America Speaking Out. The premise of the effort is good. Congress isn’t listening to the average American, and House Republicans want to give us a way to speak out and be heard. So far, so good.
However, the genius House Republicans for some reason decided that it would be a good idea to pay for this effort with taxpayer money. That’s right, folks. Our “conservative” Congressmen thought it was just a-ok to waste your money on an effort that they’re going to use to listen to you. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
It is precisely for reasons like this that the public doesn’t trust Republicans. Further, as a conservative activist, it is a source of constant frustration to see the GOP take perfectly good ideas and botch them. It would have been no problem whatsoever for the campaign committee to have paid for this. They then could have used the data being collected as part of a campaign effort, avoided any legal or ethical snags, and avoided the criticism that they are wasting tax money.
This is the exact disconnect between the elected officials and the public that everyone is so sick of. How can the GOP launch an effort to listen to the public in a manner that does nothing but display how completely deaf they are to the cries of their constituents? From Congressman Hensarling’s announcement of this effort:
It’s time to give power back to the American people and restore these broken bonds of trust.
How is spending my money on this effort restoring the power to me? Republicans need to understand that they’re not going to achieve long-term electoral success by employing the same old tactics. This means a fundamental change in the way that you think, the way that you conduct business, and the way that you conduct your campaigns. The reality is that Congressional Republicans used taxpayer money for this effort for one reason only: because they could.
I, for one, am sick and tired of Washington politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, thinking that it’s perfectly fine to take my money and use it for anything other than the core functions of government. This latest effort by Republicans is an affront to everything that Americans have been protesting.