“Last Thursday, a group of House Republicans filed into Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Capitol office suite and received a blank piece of paper labeled ‘Agenda 2014.’” So reported Politico this week.
Now, the Republican intention is to fill that blank piece of paper before Election Day. But the fact that they are literally starting at Step 1, one year since the last election, three years since Republicans took control of the House, is revealing.
In 2012, House Republicans wrapped their entire agenda in their budget, a vision of gutted government and the end of Medicare as we know it. Mitt Romney named the architect of the budget, Rep. Paul Ryan, as his running mate. It didn’t work out so well.
But instead of responding to the defeat of their vision at the ballot box in 2012 with fresh policy ideas, Speaker John Boehner responded with this: “We should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal.” (more…)