From: Merle Hanson
Many of my Republican friends I met over Thanksgiving seemed a bit depressed. Good people who have simply not come to grips with the people rejecting their message. They spent and contributed a lot of money. Money, I guess doesn’t solve everything.
People have tired of the same old Republican lines. We are tired of people trying to prove a point when they have none. We want to sit together, laugh and enjoy the differences we have. Most of us think we spend far too many dollars on our election process to the exclusion of the everyday man.
Public policy discussions need to move forward. There is no component of our governance which cannot be improved upon and there is also no component of our personal lives which cannot be made better. It starts with us. That is the America I grew up in.
Our elected officials have long been beholden to the special interests who like access to the public purse. Our media feeds the frenzy and you would think our world is collapsing all around us. We are mostly good people who become better when we work together.
The non-partisan Congressional Research Service released a study about a month ago that said lower taxes do not lead to economic growth. They examined the tax policies of the past 65 years. They did say lower rates benefited a specific segment of our country. The agency which has a 100 million dollar budget was forced by congressional leaders to withdraw the report.
Republicans need to examine their platform and the special interests of their party representatives. The Republican brand name has become tarnished and executives know a tarnished brand being restored is expensive and time consuming but absolutely necessary. Sometimes it needs to be built from the ground up and all those old answers are no longer good enough in this changing world.
Men used to find places to gather their thoughts. Many folks found a fishing pole and a bucket to sit on as being a place where a person could reflect upon the state of the world and his place in it. Some even used cane poles. Republicans would be wise to follow their lead.