Why Can’t Republicans Win on Capitol Hill?

Mark Skousen

Named one of the "Top 20 Living Economists," Dr. Skousen is a professional economist, investment expert, university professor, and author of more than 25 books.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

— Proverbs 29:2

Over 2,000 wealthy investors and concerned citizens are meeting here at the Paris Resort in Las Vegas for FreedomFest. A major issue here is why Republicans have failed to pass the legislation they were elected to do — repeal and replace ObamaCare, reform an overloaded bureaucracy and cut taxes.

They have control of the White House and Capitol Hill, so what’s stopping them? Investors have been expecting health care and tax reform since the Nov. 8 election.

Back in 2009-2010, the Democrats faced a similar situation. The Democrats controlled both houses and Obama was president. They had razor-thin majorities, yet they were able to push through two expensive pieces of legislation: The Affordable Care Act (which was anything but affordable) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (which simply raised prices and reduced choice — not a single community bank has been created since 2010).

To do so, the Democrats had to involve the “nuclear option,” to get around the Republicans’ filibustering. And they did it.

So what’s wrong with the Republicans’ efforts to do the same, only this time reduce the size and influence of government? They were able to join together to appoint Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. So why not replace ObamaCare?

Apparently, the Republicans are simply not as well organized. There are too many RINOs — Republicans in Name Only — in the party.

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We have plenty of Republicans in power at FreedomFest, including Senator Mike Lee and Representatives Justin Amash, Thomas Massie and Andy Biggs, and we are going to ask the tough questions.

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