The Parties: Two Trains Headed In The Same Direction
R. Cort Kirkwood
matter how good or bad a politicianís ideology, or however noble
or preposterous his utopian plans, his genuine goal is power.
and ideology regardless, almost all politicians first seek to aggrandize
power, typically by expanding the regulatory bureaucracy and the
size of the government budget.
more chores the politicians give themselves and government to do,
the more tax revenues and authority to which they lay claim at the
expense of liberty.
the convergence of Republicans and Democrats on two issues, one
of which they dare not disagree on, and one of which they used to
the first, Social Security, both parties agree that this unconstitutional
and fruitless scam on taxpayers, must be "fixed" before
it goes "broke."
canít be fixed and is broke, but both parties relentlessly angle
for the votes of old people terrified of losing benefits. As in
most fights for increased welfare, Republicans are more easily cast
in the role of tight-wads who would throw infirm old ladies out
in the snow.
Social Security, demagoguery is the order of the day. But even worse,
everyone simply agrees that Social Security is a legitimate function
one ever asks why government has this responsibility, where government
gets the authority for it, where a politician gets the right to
tell someone how to save money, or worse, give one manís potential
savings to someone else. And the Constitution? Donít bring it up.
on to education. Time was, the GOP wanted to scrap the federal education
department. That never happened, and now, Bush is pumping money
into this unconstitutional, destructive agency faster than you can
the same conservatives now bragging about the worthless "No
Child Left Behind Act," backed dumping the whole shebang 20
happened? When Ronald Reagan came to power, conservative Republicans
suddenly had control of a massive bureaucracy; all that money, and
here the old man had promised to return it to the taxpayers. Not
on your life, they said. Why abolish the department now? We can
use it for our own ends.
years ago, the GOP stood for trimming back government, but now goes
whole hog for it. Conservative Republicans jostle with liberal Democrats
for a spot from which to poke their snouts in the trough.
are the parties always angling for the vote. Votes naÔvely believe
they give one party more power and control of the government, but
they are voting for only one party: the party of expanding government.
The bigger programs get, the more tax money they require.
favor tax cuts not because the power to tax is the power to destroy,
but because they believe cuts stimulate the economy, which will
increase tax revenue to pay for unconstitutional programs. Of course,
this means more power for the GOP.
it doesnít matter who is elected.
parties differ not in kind, but only in degree, and a slim degree
at that. We have two parties in name, but one ideology: the ideology
Howard Phillips once said, the Democrat train heads for the cliff
at 90 mph, the GOP train at 70. Either way, youíre going off the
need a different train heading in the opposite direction.
columnist R. Cort Kirkwood [send
him mail] is managing editor of the Daily News-Record
in Harrisonburg, Va.
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