- Gentlemen, start your drones: Judge’s ruling opens door for commercial use
- Soldier who hid, bragged about not saluting flag to be punished — in secret
- ‘Maverick’ of the seas: ‘Top Gun’ school for U.S. ship officers to launch
- Putin declares Sochi Paralympics open amid Ukrainian protest
- ‘In Jesus name, we pray’ sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Navy’s first laser weapon ready for prime time; drone killer to deploy this summer
- Billionaire backer: Rick Santorum ‘needs to be heard’ in 2016
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent ‘scared’
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
LAMBRO: GOP’s ‘wake-up call’
Appealing to a broader base is key to 2016
“We have to blow the whistle at corporate malfeasance and attack corporate welfare. We should speak out when CEOs receive tens of millions of dollars in retirement packages but middle-class workers have not had a meaningful raise in years,” the report says.
The Obama economy is beset by countless ailments — excessive corporate tax rates, declining venture capital for start-up businesses, overregulation and anti-export trade expansion policies. But CEO salaries are not among them.
As for corporate welfare, the tax code is drenched in it and that’s one of the chief targets of the House GOP’s tax-reform efforts. How about blowing the whistle on how the Obama White House has dragged its feet on that one?
There are a lot of common-sense political initiatives in the GOP’s road map to 2016, but speeding up the party’s nominating process is already stirring up fears of political conspiracies and backroom takeover plots.
Many in the party’s base, especially among its Tea Party activists and the growing libertarian bloc, led by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, fear any acceleration in the party primary process will favor the party’s establishment choice over an insurgent candidacy.
Deep anti-establishment divisions were self-evident at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference here when Mr. Paul declared, “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don’t think we need to name any names here, do we?”
Yet, in the end, the GOP candidate who emerges as the front-runner in the 2016 presidential race must reach out to a far broader electorate than Mr. Romney did in 2012 if the party hopes to win back the White House.
The Democrats proved last year that fear-mongering on Medicare and Social Security, political demagoguery and class warfare still work in a deeply polarized political era.
Someone always comes along who finds a way to break through the political smoke screen and summon the nation to a higher standard and a more prosperous future. In 2012, a narrow majority of Americans were willing to settle for a weakening economy and high unemployment, or what Democrats call “the new normal.”
Voters likely will be fed up with the Democrats, though, if the next four years are not much better than the past four and become known as “the lost decade.” If that proves to be the case, they will be ready for a presidential candidate who offers the country a new beginning.
Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
TWT Video Picks
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Get Breaking Alerts
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- Vietnam says it may have found door of missing Malaysian jet as intel look into stolen passports
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- CARSON: Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?
- Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Russias Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
- CPAC 2014 straw poll results
- FIELDS: Oscars' fantasy on the Left Coast
Recent Letters to the Editor
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Time for feckless president to show resolve
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama reserves 'Chicago way' for GOP
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Public education would wither in free market
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Turkey not committed to Cyprus peace
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Spoiled-kid culture creates greedy adults