Democrats haven’t earned rul­ing rights

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - Al­ways MATT MACKOWIAK Matt Mackowiak is pres­i­dent of Austin, Texas, and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based Po­tomac Strat­egy Group. He’s a Repub­li­can con­sul­tant, a Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion and Bush-Cheney re-elec­tion cam­paign vet­eran and former press sec­re­tary to two U.S.

With the midterm elec­tions now less than a month away and early vot­ing be­gin­ning in sev­eral states, vot­ers are nar­row­ing their fo­cus on the can­di­dates on the bal­lot. There are about 30 “swing” House seats, with both can­di­dates run­ning real cam­paigns with ad­e­quate re­sources and re­cent polling in­side the mar­gin of er­ror. To take back con­trol of Congress, Democrats need to win just 13 of those seats. They have a bet­ter than 50-50 chance to achieve their goal.

His­tory tells us that the first midterm elec­tion af­ter a new pres­i­dent is elected al­most al­ways goes against the party in power. The win­ning side’s vot­ers be­come com­pla­cent, while the los­ing side’s vot­ers be­come mo­ti­vated.

With Congress now in re­cess and with the Se­nate map turn­ing de­ci­sively in the GOP’s di­rec­tion, all eyes turn to the race to con­trol the House. All spend­ing bills orig­i­nate there, as do ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment.

Vot­ers need to care­fully con­sider this ques­tion be­fore they vote: Do you want Nancy Pelosi back as speaker of the House?

Ig­nore the ridicu­lous sto­ries that claim that she does not have the votes. She has the votes. Mrs. Pelosi con­trols the base and the money in­side the Demo­cratic Party, and if Democrats take back the House ma­jor­ity, you can bet that she will be wield­ing the gavel.

What have we learned about the Demo­cratic Party over the past two years?

For one thing, all they know how to do is “re­sist.” If Pres­i­dent Trump is for it, they are against it.

They are against his Supreme Court nom­i­nee, be­fore that per­son is even named.

They are against cut­ting the cor­po­rate tax rate, even though both Pres­i­dents Obama and Clin­ton were for it.

They have re­fused to work with Pres­i­dent Trump in any pol­icy area — not on en­ergy, not on pre­scrip­tion drugs costs, not on re­build­ing the mil­i­tary, not on health care, not on reg­u­la­tory re­form.

Mean­while Repub­li­cans have been de­liv­er­ing en­tirely on their own

If you think Democrats have “re­sisted” Mr. Trump in his first two years, just wait and see how they be­have if they are given any mean­ing­ful power in Wash­ing­ton.

In that sce­nario, House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee Chair­man-tobe Jer­rold Nadler of New York has pledged to ac­tively probe new Supreme Court Jus­tice Brett M. Ka­vanaugh over the same ac­cu­sa­tions the FBI has al­ready in­ves­ti­gated, all with the goal of im­peach­ing him. Some­one should in­form Mr. Nadler that im­peach­ing a judge re­quires 67 votes in the Se­nate.

In that sce­nario, Speaker-in-wait­ing Pelosi has pledged to raise taxes by re­peal­ing at least part of the his­toric Trump tax cuts. The eco­nomic ram­i­fi­ca­tions of this pol­icy change would be dev­as­tat­ing.

In that sce­nario, Democrats would push to tran­si­tion Oba­macare to “Medi­care for All,” which would cost more than $30 tril­lion over 10 years. The ul­ti­mate Demo­cratic goal is to move to­ward a sin­gle-payer, gov­ern­ment-run health care sys­tem.

The mean­ing­ful progress Pres­i­dent Trump has made on ex­pand­ing the econ­omy, iso­lat­ing China, thaw­ing re­la­tions with North Korea, re­peal­ing the dis­as­trous Iran deal, ne­go­ti­at­ing bet­ter trade deals, and re­vi­tal­iz­ing our mil­i­tary — all would be threat­ened if Democrats have con­trol of Congress.

Democrats have no new ideas. They don’t even re­ally of­fer a plat­form.

Their en­tire plan is ei­ther to im­peach Mr. Trump, or fail­ing to re­move him from of­fice, make it im­pos­si­ble for him to be re-elected.

But in the mean­time, the pres­i­dent’s agenda is un­de­ni­ably work­ing. Wages are ris­ing, pri­vate-sec­tor hir­ing and con­sumer con­fi­dence are soar­ing, unem­ploy­ment is the low­est in more than 50 years, and eco­nomic growth is above 4 per­cent.

Repub­li­cans need to run on peace and pros­per­ity. That mes­sage will sell.

But even more than that, Repub­li­cans need to ex­plain what the Democrats will do if they are given power.

Vot­ers need to un­der­stand the choice that they have in front of them. We know Democrats are against Mr. Trump, but they rarely tell vot­ers what they stand for and their agenda is not sup­ported by a ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans.

If Democrats won’t tell vot­ers what they will do if given the ma­jor­ity in Congress, then Repub­li­cans need to do it them­selves.

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