Californians will soon face a Democratic super-majority in Sacramento determined to further increase spending, raise more taxes, and make the state even more hostile to business and entrepreneurship.
In Washington, D.C., we’ll find a Democratic president and his Senate allies striving to apply California’s self-destructive policies to the rest of the nation. As state and national Democrats move us toward the fiscal abyss, we Republicans must find a path to prosperity and communicate it to our fellow citizens.
The recent election clarified the challenges we face. The first of these is to effectively counter the mainstream media’s caricature of our party. Echoing their Democratic allies, media pundits have always demanded that we purge “extremists” from the GOP. While extremists were previously defined as people who took a conservative position on family values issues, now even fiscal conservatives – those who simply argue against tax hikes or for spending reductions – are denounced as dangerous “Tea Party zealots.”
And of course, if we oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, they say we’re waging a “war on women.” If we don’t want to subsidize solar panels for the homes of rich elites, we’re “poisoning the environment.” If we don’t want to confiscate private property to make room for an extravagant high-speed train to nowhere, we want children to “breathe dirty air.” Their playbook is so predictable.