GOP Targets Critics With Own Economic Plans

Budget proposals seek to douse 'Party of No' label
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2009 9:22 AM CDT
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Va., second from left, accompanied by fellow House members, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – “The Party of No” is rejecting that label by introducing alternatives to President Obama’s policies rooted in GOP ideology, Politico reports. The Republican Road to Recovery is a weighty fiscal counterpart to the Democrats’ economic agenda, and marks a new strategy in the minority’s response. Republicans laud their plan as “stark contrast to the smoke and mirrors inherent in the House Democrat plan.”

But the document’s points may be easier to tout than execute mid-crisis: provide universal health care, and keep energy costs down, while limiting federal spending, lowering taxes, and ceasing bailouts. Its real achievement could be uniting Republicans. “Welcome to the party of yes,” says Rep. Mike Pence, an architect of the PR blitz. “Yes to better solutions.”