Well, it was pretty evident this week that Republicans are at a crossroads, with national Republicans attempting to overhaul their national message –while House Republicans don’t seem to be getting the message. National Journal put a spotlight on the GOP’s disconnect on economic policy:
“Judging by the budget blueprints put forth by congressional Republicans, they didn’t get the memo. Right now, there appears to be a disconnect on economic policy between Republican Party officials, concerned with winning the White House in 2016, and congressional Republicans, concerned with slashing government spending and overhauling Medicare and Medicaid.”
That divide was crystallized this week after GOP leaders pled with rank and file members to set a new course in tackling the economic concerns of the middle class – and House Republicans responded with an extreme, partisan budget:
“‘The Republican Party must be the champion of those who seek to climb the economic ladder of life,’ the report said…. Then, just hours later, the Republican Study Committee released an alternative budget proposal that called for lower taxes; drastically reduced spending for items such as education, housing assistance, and transportation; and big changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.’”
“It was enough to give close observers of the party whiplash—and certainly enough to confuse the average voter as to where Republicans stood on their plans to boost the lackluster fortunes of the middle class.”
So which is it? What do House Republicans actually stand for? We’re pretty sure that the American people would like to know – and we’re guessing they won’t like what they hear.