How About a One-Year Moratorium on Social Issues Legislation?

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!

2 comments for “How About a One-Year Moratorium on Social Issues Legislation?

  1. Chipp Walters
    April 13, 2012 at 1:52 am

    So, you really think the Republican platform is about abortion and same sex marriage– two topics none of the candidates would ever talk about?Nope, I suspect they’ll point to the fact the average American family is spending $2400 more on gas since Obama was elected. Or that their health care costs have risen significantly in the same period. Or that there are no more jobs available now than when he was elected– or the fact Obama has already spent more money in 3 years than Bush did in 8.Though, I do agree with Obama on the Buffet tax philosophy. No reason why folks working with their hands should have to pay more in taxes than those who are letting their money make money for them.

  2. Dan Shafer
    April 13, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Chipp, nope, I don’t think the Republican *platform*( is only about abortion and same-sex marriage. But it doesn’t take much awareness to know that the party, nationally and in statehouses across the country, has spent a huge amount of its time and political capital this past 16 months on those two issues.Your suspicion about what they will do is the outline of an attack campaign. That’s not a criticism; that’s how campaigns in this country have been fought and won for decades. I’m just wistfully hoping that at some point the American voters will stop rewarding that behavior and demanding that candidates tell us how they plan to fix things and govern differently rather than focusing on what the other side has done wrong.