March 23, 2006

In Defense Of "Big Government Conservatism"

The phrase "Big Government Conservative" was coined by Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard to describe the current spending trend among today's Republican's (he discusses the origin of the term in his book "Rebel-In-Chief" which I highly recommend BTW). The idea that the GOP is running away from "fiscal discipline" and running up the national debt has many Republicans in general (and Conservatives in particular) losing their minds that their party is losing their way.

Nick Danger makes a very interesting post titled "I, Heretic" over at Red State that gives new perspective to this phenomena.

"Here's why we don't have small government: People don't want it. They say they do, but when you threaten to give it to them, they vote for the Other Guys. It took Republican politicians decades to figure this out, and most Republican voters still haven't figured it out. The fastest way to become the minority political party in the United States is to become the party of government frugality and fiscal discipline. Let the Democrats do that. We've been there, done that, and have Bob Dole to prove it.

Besides, the Democrats are lying. The minute they got in, they'd start spending like, well, like George Bush and the Republican Congress are spending. But there's a difference: they'd be spending it on their stuff. More social engineering. More government-dependency programs. More crosses soaked in more urine on more government grants."

Go read the whole thing here. At the very least it will make you think. And the 260 or so comments attached to it spark a lively debate.

Posted by: Gary at 05:00 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 If this were true, Newt Gingrich and the Republicans never would have gotten anywhere in 1994.

Posted by: rightwingprof at March 23, 2006 05:33 PM (/IE5Q)

2 Not just Newt, but this guy named Reagan never would have won either... And speaking of "government-dependency programs" WTF is the medicare add on? People want limited government because that means more liberty. People in power want bigger government because that means more power for them.

Posted by: KG at March 24, 2006 06:56 PM (SZsz5)

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