Don't worry, the Republicans should retain the house after the 2014 mid-terms. The politics percolating under the surface point in that direction. Set aside for the moment that tactically, passing the two year Budget accord was good politically. It gets over the Republican fear of government shut-down. But whatever Republican staff negotiated this deal ought not sit at the negotiating table ever again.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 removes $65 billion from the sequestration cuts negotiated in the previous 2011 Budget Control Act. Additionally, it proposes tax increases in three areas:
- Airline travel ($5 per passenger).
- Increases insurance premiums that companies with private pension plans pay into the federal government's Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.
- Increases "user fees" of customs services.
The House of Representatives is an equal branch of the US Government and to get any legislation passed, it must go through the House. This is a big stick and wielded properly, more should have been gotten out of the negotiations. The cuts that were made in this legislation were very minimal. They include:
- Caps on Discretionary spending.
- Elimination of some government waste.
- Targeting of Corporate Welfare. More specifically Energy Company graft.
- Government Pension Reform.
Additionally, how about a little government reorganization? Like folding the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) under the auspices of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation). Redundancy is one of the biggest areas of waste in government.
Pushing back against the Socialist Democrats and exercising the power of the purse is much better than capitulation, which this agreement seems to be.
Back to the Speaker. In January of 2015, Boehner must go. Who should be the new Speaker of the House. He or She shouldn't come from that body. In fact bringing in an outsider to harness the divergent opinions of its members into a cohesive message is much preferable. Have them serve a two-year stint as Speaker. There is no constitutional requirement that the Speaker needs to come from the house. Who, then? I place in nomination the following individuals:
- Herman Cain. The former candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination would articulate a vision for prosperity. A former CEO could competently run the operation. He clearly has the stature and leadership qualities that the Republicans need.
- Sarah Palin. The former Governor of Alaska and running mate of 2008 Republican candidate for President, John McCain, would be an excellent choice. She would certainly give the Socialist Democrats fits and at the same time effectively run the House.
- Steve Forbes. The CEO of Forbes Media, LLC would make an excellent speaker. He could certainly lead the Republicans as a former candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 1996 and 2000. A business executive with solid media experience would keep the Republicans well messaged and on task.