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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Is the GOP really back Congressman Cantor? More importantly, have they learned their lesson…..

... about the grassroots running this Party and the price of supporting Rhino Candidates.

From A Line of Sight by Bob Voters Show Outrage against Democrat Agenda - GOP is Back
By Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Republican Whip

On Nov. 3, Republicans scored tremendous victories in Virginia, New Jersey and elsewhere. Leading the charge were the same independent voters who helped sweep President Obama to victory last year. In Virginia, 66 percent of those who identified themselves as independents chose Republican Bob McDonnell over Democrat Creigh Deeds. In the traditionally blue state of New Jersey, 60 percent of such voters chose GOP candidate Chris Christie over incumbent Jon Corzine.

What happened, and how will Republicans build off this momentum?

Roughly 85 percent of voters exiting the polls in Virginia on Tuesday said they were concerned about the economy. In New Jersey, the figure was 90 percent. Many of these voters are angry with the uncompromising and failing economic policies that Speaker Pelosi and the White House are jamming through Washington. McDonnell and Christie ran positive, disciplined and ideas-oriented campaigns – and drew a contrast with the administration by offering fresh solutions to kitchen-table issues....The strong focus on creating jobs and restoring the economy exposed glaring Democratic vulnerabilities. Only 363 days before Congressional midterm elections, the GOP demonstrated that it can win anywhere if it unites around a clear common-sense conservative message. We can win in the north and the south; in the suburbs and rural areas; and among women, minorities and voters under 30....Much of the national outrage stems from the severe disconnect between the public and the White House agenda. With the unemployment rate at a staggering 10.2 percent, the American people have had to tighten their belts and cut expenditures across the board. They expect their government to live within its means and do everything in its power to help small businesses and entrepreneurs retain and create new jobs. ...But in less than a year the administration has passed extravagant budgets and spending programs that would double the debt in five years and triple it in 10. Meanwhile, jobs have all too often been a secondary concern. In February, the White House promised that its $787 billion “stimulus” bill would hold unemployment below 8 percent. The final package was largely a grab bag of funding increases for government programs supported by the very lawmakers who wrote the bill behind closed doors. Since its passage, our economy has shed well over 3 million private-sector jobs. ...And then there are the overt job killers. The cap-and-trade regulatory regime would raise energy costs for all Americans and small businesses. The $1.052 trillion House healthcare overhaul – which will put the government in between doctors and patients, increase premiums for many Americans and cut Medicare benefits for millions of seniors – imposes stiff mandates for coverage on our nation’s small businesses. Meanwhile, one third of the tax revenue generated by the new surtax on individuals will come from small businesses....If the Administration and Speaker Pelosi didn’t get the message from voters that Tuesday night, House Democrats from moderate districts did. Said Rep. Dan Boren, a Democrat from a conservative district: “I think voters sent a clear message that the administration and Congress need to focus on the economy.” He added that “We need to focus on creating jobs right now, and you don’t do that by raising taxes on small business.” ...Republicans agree. A more balanced and bipartisan approach would refocus the nation on job creation and not pile mountains more debt onto future generations. We could start by using the billions in unspent stimulus funds to reduce the debt – or even to cut taxes for small businesses. Our nation’s job creators need the assurance that the government won’t squeeze them in order to fund increased spending. ...House Democrats have had every opportunity to work with Republicans on an agenda more attuned to mainstream America. The party-line passage of the Democrats’ health care overhaul is just the latest example of their refusal to compromise....Such tone-deafness has consequences. With midterm elections on the horizon, the Democrats are only growing more susceptible to the pressure points exposed in Virginia and New Jersey.

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 by By Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA

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