When can we expect to see the House Republican inflation plan? It was the number one issue we heard about throughout the 2022 campaign, and rightly so: the rising cost of living is a major issue for most Americans, especially the broader middle class. , whose salaries did not follow. Republicans ran on the proposition that Democrats and their policies were to blame and that if put in power, they would enact new policies to remedy the problem. We asked eight GOP Senate candidates for their plans, and while the platforms that four of them offered had some shortcomings (the others didn’t respond), they at least offered some proposals (strangely similar).
So far, House Republicans have begun their climb to the majority by announcing investigations into Hunter Biden and his laptop. Anthony Fauci is at the top of the list. Likely (possible?) incoming Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy is train one’s views against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, possibly with the intention of impeachment. That same word is perpetually in the ‘R’ lexicon when it comes to President Joe Biden, presumably for the high crime of high gas prices or, if the White House press is successful, for not inviting them to the wedding of his granddaughter.
Ah, that last part deserves some attention. Will the mainstream press that believed (?) that Republicans cared about inflation for the past year now demand that House Republicans produce a plan? Will they even pretend that politicians could keep their campaign promises? Representative Guy Reschenthaler, Republican of Pennsylvania, published an op-ed in The hill Monday announcing that we should all be thankful that Republicans are now in charge of the House so they can fight inflation by cutting spending. Your mileage may vary, but will we get details on what it will reduce? If he says “NPR,” will anyone point out that he’s consuming a tiny percentage of the federal budget? If Republicans also pledge to cut taxes, will they be asked to explain how that helps the inflation situation?
Personally, I’d like to see more details about Kevin McCarthy’s “Commitment to America” plan, which includes the following:
Limit unnecessary government spending that drives up the cost of groceries, gas, cars, and housing, and increases our national debt
Raise take-home pay, create well-paying jobs, and stabilize the economy through growth-friendly tax and deregulation policies
Maximize Reliable American Made Power Generation
Cut the permitting process time in half to reduce dependence on foreign countries, avoid power outages, and lower the cost of gas and utilities
Moving supply chains away from China
Expand manufacturing in the United States
Improving America’s Economic Competitiveness and Cyber Resilience
Again, like the Senate Republican plans we mentioned, few of these initiatives are likely to have an effect on inflation anytime soon. But can we get details of unnecessary government spending that will be cut? What policies do Republicans favor, what taxes will they cut? what regulations? – to increase the net salary? (One thing we don’t have is a shortage of jobs.) Are we going to recognize that average national oil production is up under Biden, or that he’s made some big plays – with Congress – to relocate manufacturing, especially computer chip supply chains that make us vulnerable to China?
What would you say to acting on the other major issue raised by the Republican campaigns of 2022, in particular in their advertisements: the scourge of delinquency in our cities? Will they do anything on this front? Or are Biden’s crimes the only ones the House will care about? If the party out of power is running a two-issue campaign, it would be nice to get credible action on at least one of those issues when it comes to power. What does Republican governance look like? And please be specific.
Jack Holmes is a senior editor at Esquire, where he covers politics and sports. He also hosts Useful Context, a series of videos.
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