The Republican Party's conservative wing — which at the moment at least is dominating the party — claims it has a three-pronged agenda: abortion, same-sex marriage, and reducing the size and cost of government.
Yet, in the period since the Nov. 2010 mid-term elections, in D.C. and around the country, Republicans have flexed their newfound muscle by focusing almost exclusively on the first two, the social issues that are flash-point topics for their base. Proposed and adopted legislation regarding a woman's right to choose and same-sex marriage has skyrocketed. Meanwhile, there's been very little about shrinking the size of government; indeed, it can be (and often is) argued that increasing focus on the first two ends up creating a larger government because of the need to enforce very private, personal, one-on-one decisions.
Regardless of all that, how about if conservatives and progressives alike agree to a one-year moratorium on any legislation that doesn't at least honestly intend to create jobs and improve the nation's economic outlook? Certainly there's enough in that arena to keep both sides thinking and arguing and (dare I think it?) negotiating and compromising for at least a year. Meanwhile, the debate about social issues can proceed unabated, just not in legislative bodies.
Wild idea, I know, but, seriously, couldn't we figure out a way to pull this off? And wouldn't we all be better off? It's only a year, people!