One of our favorite Senators, Ted Cruz, (R-TX) has been really busy getting the conservative message out in recent days. We’ve covered some of this outreach – on Iran, on ISIS, on Marriage, on Ebola and on religious freedom.
Now Senator Cruz is back, and this time he is attempting to connect to a much broader audience than he normally gets. Usually when Senator Cruz speaks, the people listening are like-minded conservatives who are hoping that Senator Cruz will be the man to lead our Party back to conservatism. But Cruz’s most recent missive was published on the pages of USA Today where his audience is not just conservatives… but a much wider swath of the American electorate.
What message was Cruz delivering to all of these people?
He wants them to know that Republicans are LISTENING. His op-ed outlined what he believes the Republican agenda should be in 2015, and by laying it out there on the pages of USA Today, he is inviting feedback from all corners. In his piece, Cruz focused on ten priorities for Republicans:
- Job Growth
- End Obamacare
- Secure the border, No Amnesty
- Government Accountability, Stop Judicial Activism
- Stop Government Corruption
- Tax Reform – Flat tax and end the IRS
- Audit the Federal Reserve
- A Balanced Budget Amendment
- Repeal the Common Core
- Stand Against ISIS and Iran
Go Tell Ted Cruz what you think the GOP’s Priorities should be…
By all signs, Americans are preparing to send Washington a clear message in the 2014 elections.
The question is, will Washington listen?
Republicans — poised to take control of Congress — should set our sights on three big goals to make Americans feel confident in their futures once again: jumpstart the economy, safeguard constitutional liberties, and strengthen our national security.
Here are ten critical priorities for the 2015 Congress:
First, embrace a big pro-jobs, growth agenda. For six years, the Obama economy has been trapped in stagnation, hurting millions. A Republican Congress should immediately help Americans get more jobs by embracing America’s energy renaissance. This means passing legislation to make it easier to build energy infrastructure, such as the Keystone pipeline. But, we need an energy policy that’s bigger than Keystone. An effective energy plan would also protect innovative energy technology, such as hydraulic fracturing, from being handcuffed by the federal government. We can also open up land for exploration and ensure that American companies can export liquefied natural gas around the world. And, lastly, stop the EPA from implementing rules that will destroy coal jobs and drive up our electricity bills.
Second, pursue all means possible to repeal Obamacare. There is a reason Obamacare has miserable 37% approval ratings: it has caused millions to lose their jobs, be forced into part-time work, lose their health insurance, lose their doctors, and pay skyrocketing premiums. It simply isn’t working. We should pass repeal legislation (forcing an Obama veto), and then pass bill after bill to mitigate the harms of Obamacare. Prevent people from having their healthcare plans cancelled, prohibit insurance company bailouts, eliminate the provisions forcing people into part-time work, and repeal the individual mandate.
Perhaps, President Obama vetoes every one. But each has powerful appeal with the electorate who are hurting under this law, and Democratic senators may not be quite so eager to join their 2014 colleagues in losing their jobs over Obama’s refusal to listen to the people.
In 2017, I believe a Republican president will repeal Obamacare in its entirety. In the interim, we should pass positive healthcare reform to start over, allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines, expanding health savings accounts, and making health insurance, personal, portable, and affordable.
Third, secure the border and stop illegal amnesty.Today, we’re facing a humanitarian crisis of 90,000 unaccompanied children at the border, along with growing national security threats. We should welcome and celebrate legal immigrants who follow the rules, and at the same time honor the will of the people and prevent any more illegal amnesty.
Read the rest of Senator Cruz’s Op-Ed at USA Today.
If you’d like a chance to tell Senator Cruz what you think, head over to his Facebook page to do so!
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