On Ricochet, we often debate which legislation and strategies are feasible under current political conditions and which are only pipe dreams. In this thread, I’d like to set aside what Republicans could do and instead focus on what Republicans would do if they had the power.
Assume a Republican super-majority in Congress. Assume a Republican president. Even assume a friendly majority on the Supreme Court. I am not predicting any of this. I’m just asking that we pretend these conditions for the sake of argument.
Imagine that Republican politicians have all the power, but concentrate on current office holders, rather than upcoming candidates. Because we currently lack a Republican president, let’s focus on Congress and simply pretend that any legislation they pass will be signed in the Oval Office.
Knowing what we do of the various interests and personalities in the Republican congressional caucus today, what is the boldest legislation they might generally agree upon? I’m not asking what you wish would happen; I’m asking what you guess Republican politicians wish would happen.
Do they want limited, local government? Do they object to regulatory capture? Or do they only wish to choose the winners in industry? How would spending change? How would taxes change? Would we end up with fewer laws or more?
The preferred goals and methods of our representatives vary widely. Where do their hopes and commitments intersect? What would the current crop of Republicans do with total control?