Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Another Republican Collapse

The Republicans have now embraced higher spending, higher taxes and expanded government by voting for the Ryan-Murray budget deal.  Within the week, expect enough Senate Republicans to join Democrats to make this government expansion a reality.

Had there been no Ryan-Murray compromise, the sequester would have remained in effect and government "discretionary" spending would have continued its downward trajectory, set in motion by the 2011 agreement known as "the sequester."

As usual, defenders of higher taxes and more government spending, say that this better positions the Republicans to retake the Senate in 2014 and the White  House in 2016.

But, Republicans routinely cave when they are the majority in both houses and occupy the White House.  That was the situation when the Prescription Drug Bill made its way into law.  When have the Republicans ever been for fiscal restraint?  The Eisenhower Era.  And don't forget Calvin Coolidge.

Even Ronald Reagan was unable to restrain the Republican desire to spend more money.

Does anyone really believe that electing John McCain or Mitt Romney would have materially altered the path of government spending in the US?

The Republican Party is cowardly and hypocritical.  They will avoid taking stands on principal at all costs.  Even Paul Ryan, who many once thought a spokesman for fiscal prudence, has joined the accomodation crowd.

So, if the Senate remains Democratic in 2014, is that the end?  When will Republicans ever stand up for fiscal discipline?  I think we all know the answer to that question.

1 comment:

liberty&justice said...

We still have hope! Merry Christmas