After Stimulus, GOPTrust Vows to Continue Fight

Saturday, 14 Feb 2009 02:35 PM

By David A. Patten

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The National Republican Trust PAC that played a leading role in rallying GOP opposition to President Barack Obama’s massive stimulus bill is ready to open up a new front in its battle against the budget-busting Democratic agenda, Executive Director Scott Wheeler tells Newsmax.

“People are asking for jobs, and Obama’s offering them an extra $100 a month in their unemployment benefits,” Wheeler says. “That’s not going to help anybody. That’s not going to fix the economy.”

The National Republican Trust (an advertiser on Newsmax.com) is the nation’s third-largest political action committee. According to its statement of principles, it says it seeks to return the GOP to the principles of Ronald Reagan.

Wheeler also blasts what he terms Obama’s “very scary language” regarding the economy.

“Saying we might never recover if his trillion-dollar stimulus package isn’t passed – that’s an outrageous and outlandish statement to make,” Wheeler says. “And it is hardly befitting of a president to make such a statement.”

He tells Newsmax his organization plans several moves to advance its conservative agenda:

  • The PAC, also known as GOPTrust.com, is going to fund the primary campaigns of the GOP primary opponents of the three GOP senators who crossed the aisle to vote for the stimulus package ---Sens. Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins. “These three sold out and went across,” he says.

  • The group will fill a watchdog role, carefully monitoring how the stimulus money is actually spent. “We know before anybody else saw the bill, the lobbyists got to see the bill. We know that almost all of the people in the House and Senate who voted for it didn’t even read it,” he says.

  • The organization aims to rally opposition to the Obama administration’s plan to direct the next U.S. census out of the White House, thereby politicizing what traditionally has been the prerogative of the Commerce Department. “If we make a loud enough noise over it, they may be afraid to try the usual business of politicizing every aspect of government, which we know Democrats do,” Wheeler says.

  • Wheeler says the PAC will also fight any attempt to pass card-check legislation, which would take away workers’ right to vote privately on whether they want unionization in the workplace.

  • The PAC chief is wary Democrats will try to push an amnesty proposal through Congress.

    Eventually, Wheeler predicts, the American people will lose patience with Obama’s strategy of blaming Bush for the economy.

    “I think it could at anytime start to backfire on him, and catch him really off guard, if people start to really see through this and say, ‘All right, that’s enough with the Bush business,’ Wheeler says. “Hopefully people start to wise up.”

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