Party has a history of using desperate times to call for drastic
measures and when bailing out AIG, bolstering Medicare or bombing
Iraq, that party has always been willing to go big and bold on some
of the largest government expansions in this nations history.
But what about cutting government? You know, that stuff GOP politicians
always talk about during election time?
One might think
that in a political environment in which so many are desperate to
reverse what they see as unsustainable government growth, Republican
rhetoric might at least attempt to reflect that desperation. But
when GOP leaders unveiled their Pledge to America last
week, the only thing revealed is that these Republicans remain what
they have always been pansies. In a nutshell, the old Republican
guard now pledges to save America from the excesses of Obama by
basically returning to the level of government we experienced under
Bush when these exact same Republicans were doubling the size of
government. The pledge reflects little substance, theres not
even anything about a balanced budget amendment or earmarks two
longstanding but fairly tame Republican gripes and some of it even
promotes GOP statism, with promises to repeal and replace
national healthcare, and of course, to spend even more money on
a defense budget that already accounts for half the
earths military spending.
From the Contract
with America in 1994 to the Pledge to America last week, the GOP
has broken every contract or pledge it has ever made with conservatives.
Now these same Republicans have made another empty promise, similar
but even less appealing than the lies theyve told in the past.
This pledge is a joke.
to give his take on the Pledge to America, Congressman Ron Paul
stated the obvious on FOX Business, I dont hear enough
precise things we would cut. I never hear that the military-industrial-complex
should be addressed. I dont ever hear that the discretionary
and non-discretionary funding is all the same. I never hear which
departments they really want to get rid of, so, it goes on and on
and you just cant have a little tinkering on the edges
as long as we want big government you cant tinker with the
In a Tea Party environment in which so many are tired of conventional
GOP politicians screwing around with the peripheral and irrelevant,
why shouldnt conservatives look to the one Republican who
has never screwed around? Instead of wondering if John Boehner is
now serious, trying to figure out what Sarah Palin is saying, hoping
that Scott Brown turns out to be something special, looking for
something worthwhile about Newt Gingrich or wondering which version
of Mitt Romney might run for president, why shouldnt those
serious about limiting government get fully behind the one conservative
leader who has always been dead serious?