Boy was I not expecting to say something like this. I do try to find things that I can give due respect to politicians for, but its been months probably since I read a whole article written by one of the most powerful partisan politicians in Washington that I almost entirely agree with.
Until today, with John Boehner's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. If the GOP ended up sticking to the four points below (don't hold your breath), that would be much more than I expected out of the next two years, and then some (and then some more, and some more). This is especially true on his point about earmarks.
He's right that earmarks are one of the main sources of corruption in DC. It would make a dent in the deficit, to the tune of billions upon billions, but only a drop in the bucket in the whole scheme of things. Thats not the main issue with earmarks though. The main issue with earmarks is there is no other avenue of corruption that is so direct.