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“What Speaker Boehner Should Say To The GOP House Retreat”

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Ghostwriters are invited to write but remain anonymous about their authorship.  I have been doing it for years, and have kept my vows of anonymity.  Some ghosts are about as shy as Kim Kardashian when it comes to claiming credit, but that is unprofessional.  Unless of course you aren’t really the ghost involved.

I wasn’t invited to ghost for Speaker Boehner as he prepares for the GOP gathering of Members, but if I had been, here’s what I’d suggest he say to the upcoming GOP House retreat.

Whatever he ends up saying, I hope it drives home the demand for serious entitlement reform in parallel with a hike in the debt ceiling, and that specificity as to that reform is laid out so that every member of the Republican Conference is singling from the same music as this battle unfolds.

Every day between now and the exhaustion of the country’s ability to lawfully borrow the GOP leadership has to drive home what it is demanding in exchange for a hike in the borrowing ability.  The senior leadership has to be concise and they have to be consistent.  The “$1 dollar in cuts for $1 in new borrowing” doesn’t work.  It doesn’t communicate anything with the sort of the detail that persuades a watching public of what the agenda is and why it is urgent.  That’s the task ahead, and the start has to be made now, and repetition of the the arguments is key to their success.

Hillsdale College’s Dr. Larry Arnn has been invited to address the Republican House retreat so he can be expected to talk about the virtues of “regular order,” as we did in Friday’s conversation on air, the transcript of which is here.

If you missed my conversation with Jon Meacham about his wonderful new biography of Thomas Jefferson


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