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Freedom Works VP to GOP: Do Something Real

By    |   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 11:57 AM

The essence of the rift between the tea party and establishment members of the Republican Congress boils down to concerns about how they will be perceived by constituents who voted them into the majority in both houses, says Freedom Works Executive Vice President Adam Brandon, who appeared Monday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum" to address the growing tension between the factions.

"I had a confidential conversation with a member of Congress who, almost in panic at the beginning of the year, told me, 'You know what we need to do this year? We need to do anything about something real,' and that just stuck with me," Brandon said.

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"We need to do anything about something real, meaning we don't need to just kick the can down the road on this bill and just reauthorize this or that. They want to see a legitimate piece of legislation passed so they can go back to their constituents and say, 'Hey, look, we took on entitlements, we took on spending, we took you-name-the-problem, and we killed the import/export bank'. They're looking for some kind of real piece of legislation to prove we deserve this majority, we can lead."

Republicans need to replicate the Democrats under the tutelage of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Brandon suggested.

"The way I was taught you do a negotiation is you start from your optimal place first and then you move towards that middle ground," he said. "Where I see Republicans starting too often is from the middle ground and then moving farther to the left.

"In the Senate, we used to have Harry Reid standing in the way, but right now you no longer have him standing in the way. Nancy Pelosi forced her caucus to do horrible things and she made them walk the plank. I hated everything they did, but at least from their perspective they were doing stuff."

On the subject of net neutrality, Brandon said he's concerned that the recent move to impose regulations on the Internet could mean the World Wide Web goes from something that's constantly "evolving and changing" to a "utility … more focused on having certain levels of access and distribution."

Regulating the Internet is akin to "turning it into the water department," he said.

"It takes away the innovation, and because of these regulations … it's going to freeze it in, so all these things that the Internet could be some day are going to get frozen out," Brandon said.

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Walker added that the Federal Communications Commission could transform the Internet, "the most innovative part of our economy in the last several years," into a "government-run enterprise that will not be very innovative."

"There's now talk about people may end up having to pay to have access to the Internet," Walker said. "Are we going to put a government fee on everybody who tweets or sends an email? That's not out of the realm of possibility when the government gets involved in something of this type.

"They stifled the telephone industry to the point that there was no innovation and it was only after we deregulated the communications that we began to see the kind of innovation that we experienced up until now."

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