Skip to comments.Arenít Republicans supposed to be anti-big government party?
Posted on 08/05/2003 4:39:25 AM PDT by RJCogburn
IT PAINS ME to say this, but the Republicans in Washington seemingly have forgotten who they are and why voters sent them to the capital in the first place.
Even though we now have GOP control of the White House, the Senate and the House, the bloated $2.25 trillion federal government has grown more rapidly on President Bushs watch than it did under Clinton.
What in the world is going on here? Arent the Republicans supposed to be the fiscally conscientious, anti-big government party?
I always thought so. I came of age politically during the Reagan era.
It was music to my libertarian ears when the Gipper declared unforgettably in 1980 that big government isnt the solution to our nations problems; big government is the problem.
In the 1990s, I worked with Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey to draft the Contract With America and helped engineer the revolutionary Republican take over of Congress. Those were heady days for conservatives. We Republicans pledged that we would make government smaller and smarter, and we would abolish hundreds of federal agencies, bureaus and departments that are obsolete, ineffective and wasteful of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars.
But the war on waste has been lost virtually without even firing a shot.
President Bush and Republicans have enacted the biggest education bill in history. The new $100 billion farm bill is the costliest ever, and gives many rich farmers $1 million in handouts. We just approved a $15 billion Africa aid bill and many Americans (especially those out of work) are wondering whether that money couldnt be spent a lot more wisely here at home.
With this kind of budget restraint, who needs George McGovern and Tip ONeill?
The Republicans are now working with Ted Kennedy on a Medicare prescription drug bill that is the biggest expansion of the welfare state since LBJ sat in the Oval Office. Excuse me, but I thought we Republicans wanted to get rid of the rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul income redistribution schemes of the Great Society.
The tentacles of the federal octopus have delved wider into every area of our lives and deeper into our pocket books than ever before. Fred Smith, the president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, says that new regulations on business have proliferated at a record pace under this Republican administration. The Cato Institute finds that Bush is the biggest spender in the White House since the bygone era when the Beatles were still banging out hit records. It wasnt the tax cuts that caused the deficit to balloon to $450 billion this year. It was the runaway train of reckless federal spending.
Just last week the Republicans in the House approved a $10 million hike in the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts. That was one of the morally offensive give-away programs Republicans promised they would work to extinguish. Now theyre fattening its budget. It gets worse. Taxpayers are now subsidizing sexual pleasure by allowing Medicaid to pay for Viagra. And heres the ultimate outrage: The Republican Congress had nearly doubled the budget of the hated tax collectors at the IRS.
Theres only one depressing explanation: The limited government party of Reagan has morphed into the big spending party of Rockefeller. So now we have two big government parties in Washington competing to see which can buy the most votes by passing out the most pork to the special interest groups who gorge themselves at the federal trough.
Thats awful news for aggrieved taxpayers and its embarrassing news to the apparent dying breed of old-fashioned anti-big government Reagan Republicans like me.
Perhaps conservatives need a new political rallying cry: Big government Republicans arent the solution; they are the problem.
Regardless of the source of the essay, though, the facts within are worthy of discussion.
Nevermind the FACT that President Bush had to clean up one Clinton mess after another (White House/Air Force 1 vandalism, Sept. 11th, War on Terrorism, Clinton economy). Don't let the facts interfere with your Bush bashing!
To the fanatical Bushites, everyone who used to be friends are now enemies. Rush, Novack, Will, CATO, Pat and half the people on this board. Their new buddy is Bill Kristol, who they used to hate.
No deeply held principles whatsoever. Their entire political philosophy is based on the support of a single man who governs as a full blown socialist.
Just because the RATs became SO bloated and corrupt that the voters grew sick of them does not mean that the average voter no longer wants tons of free stuff from their now GOP representatives and senators.
The Congress is giving the People what they want.
Odd how that less of the Democratic agenda was enacted when the Republicans were the minority opposition, isn't it?
As for this on-going lie about President Bush growing the government- what choice was there in the wake of Sept. 11th? Our nation was (and still is) vulnerable, so it was necessary to create a new government agency to oversee efforts to address the threat of terrorism. What other choice was there? Was President Bush supposed to ignore Sept. 11th like Clinton did?
Shame on you for believing all of these lies that are being put forth by the Liberal Dimocrats, and their Liberal-tarian counterparts!
Perhaps you might explain how...
The new $100 billion farm bill is the costliest ever, and gives many rich farmers $1 million in handouts.
cleans up any of the Clinton messes, of which there were disgustingly many.
Nevermind the FACT that President Bush had to clean up one Clinton mess after another (White House/Air Force 1 vandalism, Sept. 11th, War on Terrorism, Clinton economy).Which Clinton mess required increasing the budget for the Department of Labor by 65-70%?
Which Clinton mess required increasing the budget for the Department of Education by a similar percentage?
Which Clinton mess required $100 Billion in welfare payments to farmers?
Which Clinton mess requires $?? Trillions for a new prescription drug entitlement?
Yes, some of the increases were needed for national security, to fight the war on terrorism, and for other necessary expenditures to correct Clinton administration neglect. However, much of the discretionary domestic spending has been nothing but liberal welfare state expansion, and that expansion has been very rapid and huge under Bush and a Republican controlled Congress and Senate.
> buy the most votes by passing out the most pork to the special interest groups
The problem can be summed up by a statement I heard by ex-Representative Lindsey Grahm after being elected Senator. Appearing on a cable news show they started off congratulating him on becoming a Senator. His responce - "It's a wonderful career."
There you have it. There are such personal benefit in being a career pol that these guys will do anything to remain in the action.
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