Ted Cruz joined the Senate today, and oh my, what a welcome addition he is. Please take a moment to read his op-ed in the Washington Post, called “What the GOP should stand for: Opportunity.”
Cruz calls for Republicans to adopt “opportunity conservatism.” This means conceptualizing and articulating every domestic policy “with a single-minded focus on easing the ascent up the economic ladder.” For example:
Don’t just say no to new taxes — fundamentally reform the tax code so that every American can file his taxes on a postcard. Eliminate the corporate welfare and complexity that enrich only accountants and lawyers.
Don’t just criticize union bosses; explain how closed shops confiscate wages and make it harder for low-skilled workers to get jobs.
Don’t talk generically about education; advocate school choice to empower parents and expand opportunity for children struggling to get ahead.
Don’t just dwell on the long-term solvency of Social Security; promote personal accounts to allow low-income Americans to accumulate wealth and pass it on to future generations.
Is it too early to start thinking about a Ted Cruz-Tom Cotton ticket down the road? Actually, it is. But I can’t help myself.
JOHN adds: It’s too early for Cruz-Cotton, but it’s not too early to be thinking about Rubio-Somebody for 2016. Marco does a better job than anyone else of carrying out Cruz’s vision of an opportunity party, I think.