Anybody-But-Obama has been the Republican campaign strategy so far. This is not sufficient to win the election in November. What voters need and want is a vision of the future that a Republican offers and how it would be better than four more years of Barack Obama. A return to free market capitalism and the American Dream is not specific enough to be a vision. We have now been privileged to see what a socialist looks like and have roundly rejected it. How would a conservative administration differ and how would we measure success?
The first area for comparison is the most important according to voters, the economy. Barack Obama inherited a recession that supposedly ended six months into his term, but most Americans doubt whether it has ever ended. Throwing trillions of dollars at the symptoms elongated the recovery and extended the pain. Republicans should target 5% annual GDP growth as a benchmark, which towers over the limp 1-2% recovery so far.
The one area of growth has been in the size of government, so Republicans should identify specific areas to downsize the federal government (eliminate Cabinet departments, privatize Federal Reserve, Amtrak, and Post Office, or sell federal assets, buildings, land) which contrasts to Obama taking over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Sally Mae, and General Motors. Government overreach must be stopped in its tracks, so Republicans must commit to repeal laws that never should have been passed in the first place, such as ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, and Sarbanes-Oxley before they can be totally implemented and impossible to undo.
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