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Kudlow on Hastert

by Christopher Chantrill
October 06, 2006 at 4:24 pm

NEVER MIND about Denny Hastert’s handling of the Foley incident, writes Larry Kudlow, although his performance was bad enough. It’s the failure on the big things that really demand that he should go.

I would describe Mr. Hastert's leadership of the House in general as negligent.
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Rather than a winning message of economic growth, a strong defense and optimism for the future, Mr. Hastert has given us silence.
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Tax reform has gone by the wayside. So has spending reform. So has free trade. So has true immigration reform.

So what’s the point of Denny Hastert?

Maybe there are only a few things that Congress can do. But there is always virtue in talking about what we want to do. That’s because you can’t change anything until you have ventilated it in the public square, boldly and courageously put your ideas out and pushed and pushed and pushed.

The trouble about the Bush/Hastert years is that there has been no contest in the public square, no daily effort to change the conversation in America.

Maybe it’s because the Bush team has been too focused on the war on terror. Maybe it’s because they have decided they can win elections just by getting the base out. But someone needs to be out talking to the great moderate middle, talking conservative ideas and trying to win them over with ideas that make sense for them and their families.

Because America’s best days are yet to come. And Americans need to know it.

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Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.  His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.


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Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


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Green, Reinventing Civil Society


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