Why Republicans should keep doing nothing

Don't cut taxes. Don't cut spending. Don't repeal ObamaCare, and don't replace it. Don't pass laws. Don't start wars. Don't negotiate peace. Don't staff the government. Don't enforce regulations. Don't. Do. Anything.

Sen. Mitch McConnell and other Republican senators.
(Image credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Yesterday, President Trump issued his latest warning to the GOP Senate, saying that this was their "last chance to do the right thing" and repeal the Obama-era health-care law and replace it with something better. Reform-minded conservative commentators like The New York Times' Ross Douthat are already suggesting the opposite: that the GOP should stop trying to tackle issues, like health care, on which the party has no consensus on what it wants, and focus instead on areas of agreement, like taxes.

Me? I don't think Douthat goes far enough. I think the GOP, and the Trump administration in particular, should embrace their most basic instinct and do absolutely nothing.

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