Republicans have only a few leaders who can articulate the principles that should inspire all Republicans to oppose Obama and progressivism. As Obama tours the country campaigning against Republicans and for his tax hikes to "fix" our fiscal problems, Republicans are missing an opportunity to start defining the party post-election. If Obama gets his tax hikes they ought to pay for two weeks of government spending, so why do all the pundits believe that Obama is winning the battle? Because Republicans aren't fighting back, aren't standing on principles and aren't making a case for limited government and a free market -- they are letting progressives win by default.
This is a great opportunity for Republicans to promote the elimination of corporate welfare. I disagree that government needs more revenues for more spending projects, but we could use the money saved from eliminating corporate welfare to pay down the debt, then we could lower tax rates making US companies more competitive in the global market.
Republicans should market themselves as the party that wants to eliminate corporate welfare and level the field for start-ups and existing small businesses, and Obamacare ought to serve as an example of how Democrats are supporting corporate welfare -- insurance companies will make out like bandits under Obamacare.
Republicans can also become the party of non-intervention/pro free trade whereby we lay down the weapons and start doing the business of America which is business. We've made our point to terrorists, and we can maintain the best defense systems in the world, but maintaining troops in the mideast is insanity. Interfering in Syria or Egypt or Libya or any mideast country is insanity. The money saved can be used to lower business taxes and eliminate capital gains taxes.
We have enough energy sources in the US to leave the mideast and never return unless it's as a peaceful trader of goods and services, or cultural exchange or other peaceful purposes. Unless we are attacked, we should have no more military involvement in the mideast. Between energy production and food production, if both are turned over to a free market, America can once again become a shining example of a nation of doers, achievers, creators, peaceful traders, innovators, producers. It's all there waiting -- but the political realm has to take a backseat to the economic realm. There has to be an opposition party strong enough to limit government power and stop the rigged game of cronyism and rent-seeking -- this includes out-of-control defense contractors who through the help of corrupt politicans are stealing from the American people, draining the private sector to build weapons we don't need -- we have enough weapons. It's time to end government/corporate enmeshment and make the rent-seekers compete if they want to play.