Hewitt:The GOP’s case for massive change in November 

Nov. 2 is 10 months away, and if the Republican Party stays focused on three big issues, voters may reward them with a chance to check the huge lurch to the left that President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid engineered in 2009.

First, the government takeover of private life is deeply alarming. The massive thrusts of Washington, D.C., into the control of health care, the car business, the banks generally and the home loan industry specifically are all obvious and disquietingly huge intrusions of the federal government’s presence in private life.

The president’s plans for even more power grabs via the EPA and the Department of the Interior using “global warming” as an excuse haven’t yet touched most Americans, but they are out and coming. Only a rebalancing of power in D.C. will forestall further metastasis of government.

A second reason to vote for the GOP is this simple fact: Lower taxes equal job growth. Whatever minor improvement in the unemployment numbers that emerges in 2010 will be threatened by the looming lapse of the Bush tax cuts in 2011, unless Congress obliges the president to abandon his “spread the wealth” gospel that views every tax hike as a form of economic justice, regardless of the cost in real jobs.

Finally, the GOP needs a majority in the House and significant gains in the Senate to force accountability on the president’s foreign policy and national security fecklessness. The withering of our defenses was on display Christmas Day, and Obama’s months of dithering on Afghanistan following months of apologies and bows abroad telegraph the need for a congressional check on the president’s instinct for appeasement.

“Balance” is an appealing concept to voters in the middle of the political spectrum, especially as they, like conservatives, are troubled by the refusal of the president and his congressional team to engage in any of the promised bipartisanship.

The GOP must boldly proclaim the Obama administration’s incompetence as a function of its deep-seated ideology and its Chicago-roots in cronyism. And it must campaign on the simple pledge to “Repeal the Deal” on health care and on GM.

Every voter should know that as of the first of the year the Death Tax is dead but that the Democrats want to resurrect and raise it; the stimulus didn’t; and the EPA’s plan is to take control of and tax tens of thousands of businesses, further crushing our previously unstoppable jobs machine.

And Americans have to be reminded that national security is a fabric of threads that cannot be pulled upon haphazardly without consequences. The Department of Justice cannot set the hounds on the CIA, while importing KSM for a trial in New York and al-Qaida for long-term storage in Illinois, without a terrible aftermath.

The GOP’s message for 2010: Year One of our experiment with Alinskyism is over. Year Two will bring a chance to curb the president’s ideological enthusiasms and their vast damage.

Examiner columnist Hugh Hewitt is a law professor at Chapman University Law School and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who blogs daily at HughHewitt.com.

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Hugh Hewitt is a law professor at Chapman University Law School and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who blogs daily at HughHewitt.com.

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