“[C]onservatives make two simple claims: Most policies under debate are liberal, and Republican leaders sacrifice conservative principles when they compromise. History shows they are right on both counts.”
[W]inning elections isn’t sufficient. As the founder of the Heritage Foundation, Edwin J. Feulner, explained in a speech shortly after Ronald Reagan won the presidency, conservatives also must win in the realm of policy. Put another way, political power should not be viewed as an end in and of itself, but rather the means to achieve the policy outcomes that will save the country.
Williamson invokes the common refrain that “the differences among us are minor compared with the differences between us and them, which are fundamental.”
Unfortunately, there are some fundamental differences between grassroots conservatives and the party strategists in Washington. Those differences get to the heart of whether conservatives will win in the realm of policy.
If that message sounds familiar that’s because Heritage Action has been pounding it for years. In October 2011, CEO Mike Needham and COO Tim Chapman wrote an op-ed for Real Clear Politics entitled “The Washington Establishment’s Big Problem.” They explained:
The Bigs – Big Wall Street, Big Government, Big Labor, and Big Business – are all protected classes in the American political system. The tax code, regulatory regime, and campaign finance laws are all written by those powerful enough to hire an army of lobbyists to descend on Washington. Labor unions pushed their way ahead of bond holders when the Establishment bailed out Chrysler. Solyndra got venture funding from the middle class taxpayer after spending $1.9 million lobbying the Establishment.
This corrupt nexus is at the heart of the dissatisfaction across the country towards Washington.
“There are two really big issues this year, it’s the economy and it’s Obamacare,” he said. “I think it’s important for Republicans to have better solutions — better solutions on Obamacare, better solutions for getting our economy moving again, and I think that’s where the focus should be.” But he didn’t commit to votes on specific legislation.
Boehner added that GOP members have introduced 126 pieces of legislation aimed at fixing or repealing Obamacare.
Americans have reason to be outraged and alarmed that the Internal Revenue Service has targeted conservative organizations in an effort to prevent their political expression and stifle their First Amendment rights. New IRS rules proposed in November of 2013 may lead to even more chilling and censoring of political speech.
Fortunately, these IRS abuses are being combated in Congress. Yesterday, the House passed the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 (H.R. 3865), introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Dave CampHouse Republican Average58%.
But IRS abuses remain a serious issue, and, not surprisingly, the Obama Administration doesn’t seem to care.