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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Professor Dick Armey Lectures the Republican Party

Former House Majority Leader asks in today's Wall Street Journal - "Why are Republican Leaders governing like Democrats?"

Former US Representative Dick Armey has written a column published in today's Wall Street Journal where he warns the Republican leadership that they will not prevail unless Republican Congress reestablishes "its credibility as the party of spending restraint and fiscal responsibility."

Armey wrote:
All of our leaders are complicit in this spending spree. President Bush has yet to veto a single spending bill.
He pointed to US Representative Mike Pence of Indiana with favor as one of a small number of "young Turks of the party - the brave backbenchers more inspired by Reagan than the possibility of a glowing editorial on the pages of the New York Times."

Armey wrote:
A serious effort to slow the growth of the federal budget is being driven by a small group of House Republicans led by Reps. Mike Pence, Jeff Flake, and Jeb Hensarling. Against their own leadership's wishes, this brave group and others from the Republican Study Committee gathered outside the Cannon House office building in September to kick off "Operation Offset," a modest proposal to pay for the extraordinary costs associated with Hurrican Katrina with savings from other parts of the budget.
Armey began the column by remarking that during his entire political career he has
...never sensed such anger and frustration from our volunteers - those who do the hard work of door-to-door mobilization that Republican candidates depend on to get elected. Across the nation, wherever I go to speak with them, their refrain is the same: "I can't tell a dime's worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats." Our base rightly expects Republicans to govern by the principles - lower taxes, less government and more freedom - controlling both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, there is a widening credibility gap between their political rhetoric and public policies.
Armey closed by saying that if the Republicans get their house in order, there will be a sharp contrast with Democrats. He closed by writing:
None of this will be easy. The good news for Republicans willing to do this heavy lifting is that the "ideas" of the left are bankrupt. Notice that the brightest liberal politicians, like Hillary Clinton, always move toward our policy ground as they prepare to run for national office. Why would Republicans want to act like them when they act like us in order to win?
One final Armey Axiom: When we act like us, we win. When we act like them, we lose.
Excellent lesson, Professor Armey. Let's hope the students were paying attention and taking notes for all our sakes.

Comments:
Governing like Democrats? Not a dimes worth of difference between Dems & Repubs. How about $550 Billion dollars worth of difference. The difference between a Dem surplus and a Repub deficit. Tsk Tsk Mr. Armey it appears like your governing like Reagan Republicans.
 
I too believe that the differences between the Democrats and The Republicans on spending issues has diminished.

I think that the last few years of statistics would actually go a long ways towards proving that at least in the last few years Republicans are spending MORE then Democrats.

This is the MAIN reason I became a Libertarian...
 
Republicans are not only spending more but the waste is astronomical.
How about abridge to nowhere in alaska? How about no bid contracts in Iraq for Halliburton and here at home in New Orleans. Oh my goodness cannot find or account for $19 Billion dollars in Iraq for Defense spending, who cares. $240 million wasted on criuse ship reservations in New Orleans for housing flood victims, so what! The Dukester, Delay, and Ney will make it up with campaign contributions. This is why I am upset with the Republican governing class they act like waste goes along with governing.Lets see government fail. Its just not spending its in delivering a dollars worth of services for a dollar of tax money given. A government that governs least governs best but efficiency must be part of the equation unless Grover Norquist rules and we want to drown government in a bath tub.
 
Republicans are not only spending more but the waste is astronomical.
How about abridge to nowhere in alaska? How about no bid contracts in Iraq for Halliburton and here at home in New Orleans. Oh my goodness cannot find or account for $19 Billion dollars in Iraq for Defense spending, who cares. $240 million wasted on criuse ship reservations in New Orleans for housing flood victims, so what! The Dukester, Delay, and Ney will make it up with campaign contributions. This is why I am upset with the Republican governing class they act like waste goes along with governing.Lets see government fail. Its just not spending its in delivering a dollars worth of services for a dollar of tax money given. A government that governs least governs best but efficiency must be part of the equation unless Grover Norquist rules and we want to drown government in a bath tub.
 
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