Blankley Sheds a Truthful Light on 2011By Tony Blankley
Article Date: 11-01-2010
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As America stands poised and ready to enter 2011 – many people figuratively shaking the dust of 2010 from their boots – political and policy question marks still hover for the business community at large and the equipment distribution industry specifically, even though midterm elections are behind us. In a way, the oven's been preset, but the recipe for recovery in U.S. construction markets is still being written, and, dealers hope, rewritten.
Reliable insight from sensible analysts is helpful at just such a time as this, which is why AED sought carefully to identify just the right Beltway insider to address the full membership at the 2011 AED Summit: Enter conservative commentator Tony Blankley.
If the name sounds familiar, it's because you've seen Blankley in one of his regular appearances on shows such as MSNBC's Morning Joe, and Hardball; CNBC's Kudlow and Company; CNN's The Situation Room and Larry King Live; and Fox's Hannity, Fox and Friends, and The O Reilly Factor. He is also the co-host of KCRW's popular political roundtable, Left, Right & Center.
Born in London and speaking with a still-detectable hint of Brit, Blankely is a fiercely patriotic U.S. citizen who has very definite ideas about pathways for America's survival and return to economic strength. He was the press secretary to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a role in which he not only helped create the messages that shook the country, but also helped create policy. Prior to his career on Capitol Hill, Blankley served President Reagan as a speechwriter and senior policy analyst. He served as Deputy Attorney General of California from 1972 to 1980.
Interesting trivia on Tony Blankley: His father was an accountant for Winston Churchill. Blankley, a J.D. graduate of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, seems to have a bit of the pithy WWII bulldog spirit about him.
In his October blog on The Huffington Post comparing late 1800s politics to the present, Blankley wrote: "...the Republicans' challenge will be twofold if they win the House or Senate:"
They must present a 10-year budget resolution that deals realistically with the unsustainable deficit and tax policies. If they use the usual bipartisan accounting tricks and other Washington policy dodges, their Tea Party electors will (and should) be powerfully driven toward a third party in 2012.
Like the Whigs, they can't rely on the great national issues driving public perceptions. They will have to avoid letting unlikely tangential issues drive the Washington story. Strange issues have a way of jumping up; e.g., the air-traffic-controller strike in 1981, gays in the military in 1993, the Bay of Pigs in 1961.
"In other words, GOP leadership and political skills will be tested. On the great central economic issues, the key leader will be Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, presumably chairman of the Budget Committee in a Republican House."
"He would look to be the right man at the right moment. The Republican Party has yet to catch up with his bold proposals on the budget, entitlements and the deficit. Nothing less than that – and perhaps even more than his proposals – will be needed if the GOP is to be seen to deliver on those central issues..."
"Most challengingly, the Republican Senate, and particularly House leaders, will have to lead a new, large conference that neither owes much to the Washington GOP nor holds Washington in much positive regard."
"They must create party cohesion in Congress and substantive solutions to the great electing issues without compromising the freshman's policy and personal integrity."
"Nor will GOP presidential aspirants be permitted the luxury of caution. They must stand and fight in 2011 on the great issues – not duck and cover and keep their options open. Their absence from the policy and political battlefield in 2011 would cost them dearly in 2012. As Shakespeare's Henry V said of those who did not fight with him at Agincourt: In the future, they "will hold their manhood cheap."
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