There was an op-ed this weekend from the authors of the GOP’s “Growth and Opportunity Project” which amounted to a large amount of text patting themselves (and the Party) over it after a year. “It’s going so well!” is the general gist.
While the report provided recommendations on what the party at large needed to do, we’re pleased to see that the RNC has made tremendous progress on many of our recommendations in the course of the past year. Likewise, many of the other party committees and outside groups have also embraced aspects of the report and should be commended for their progress.
Which would be nice, except for a little problem. None of the policy recommendations in that report have been acted upon, in fact, mostly put into the dumpster.
This was pointed out over at Talking Points Memo.
Conspicuously missing in both venues was a single policy change embraced by the congressional GOP in the wake of the RNC’s introspective look at where its party went astray.
That’s not because Republican operatives didn’t want policy changes. The 100-page report last year warned of electoral doom if the GOP didn’t, for instance, embrace comprehensive immigration reform.
It then goes on to detail all the recommendations that were ignored, delayed, or outright dismissed by Republicans in Congress. Immigration reform? Dead. Addressing women’s concerns, like equal pay? Nope.
The head of a Republican PAC targeting women voters in Texas doesn’t support laws that address the gender wage gap because, she says, “women are busy.”
During a Sunday interview with local news station WFAA, RedState Women Executive Director Cari Christman said that the GOP does not support laws like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extends the window of time during which women can file pay discrimination claims, because “women want real-world solutions to this problem, not more rhetoric.”
That’s besides various elected representatives insuring that any bill along those lines gets stopped. Even their idea to increase women’s representation in elected positions has had … not very good results.
Thirty years ago, Republicans and Democrats had equal numbers of female politicians, but since then Democratic female representation has taken off dramatically. Part of the problem is that Republican female state legislators tend to be more moderate than their male counterparts and therefore have a tougher time getting through increasingly partisan primaries, according to Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University.
“Women’s representation is very lopsided on the Democratic side and the Republican Party has to do more if they want to see more women elected to office,” Walsh says. “They need to go out—the party itself, the state parties—need to make primaries a priority. The numbers of Republican women that are running, it’s not the numbers you need to see an increase in representation at congressional level.”
Which … is not getting the results:
The 19 Republican women currently serving in the House make up only 4.4 percent of the House, and only 8 percent of the GOP conference.Those numbers are actually poised to get worse.The Time report added:Only 73 Republican women, including 17 incumbents, have filed or are expected to file to run for a House seat in 2014. That’s a 33 percent decrease from last cycle, though there’s still time—albeit not much—for more women to sign up
Outreach to minorities? When your former vice-presidential candidate makes statements like this?
We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.
Which just about everyone saw as thinly-disguised racism, and in addition, it’s been pointed out that his “discussion” impacts women more than men.
TANF violates the human rights of welfare recipients in various ways, including discouraging education and offering meager assistance. To meet the work requirement, recipients must engage in “work activities” for 20 to 30 hours a week at least, and only vocational school counts towards those hours. Think about it: single mothers on welfare must work 20-30 hours a week, raise their children, and then on top of that find the time and money to obtain an education that could actually help lift them out of poverty without TANF funding. It is unfeasible and unfair.
What’s more, Ryan seems oblivious to the fact that the benefits afforded recipients under TANF are so low that according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “they are not sufficient in any state any state to raise family’s income above 50 percent of the poverty line.
But, heck, let’s cut funding for food, while we’re at it! On the state level, we’ve seen defenses of “voter ID,” attempts to pass laws promoting “nullification,” and even legalizing various forms of discrimination. The authors of the review editorial at Real Clear Politics are “focusing on the positive,” in discussing what the Republican Party is attempting to do to insure it has a future. They wrote the “autopsy report” and made recommendations, so they’re trying to see the silver lining. That in reality it has been a failure, that if anything the Party has been busily alienating various groups they identified as needing outreach, is something they’d rather not talk about.
I said a year ago when I looked through their document that there was going to be a big problem with their ideas: Republicans. I said back then that it wasn’t going to be listened to, and everything in the past year has just been a continuing litany of examples of Republicans not changing a bit.
Well, I told you so!