Pithy.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 @ 2:00 pm | Clueless Conservatives, Crazy Tea Party People

Dang:

Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has been, at times, a genuinely anti-government party and, at times, a politically successful party. But it’s never been both at the same time.

-hw

4 Responses to “Pithy.”

  1. Dana Says:

    And that has been the problem all along. The Republicans who came into office in 1995 started out alright, but wound up becoming Democrats Lite, spending almost as much as the Democrats would have.

    If the Republicans do win control of the Congress this year, they need to actually keep their promises, and slash and burn when it comes to federal programs and government spending, or they won’t last long.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Spending more than Democrats would have? That’s some wishful thinking. And giving away trillions in tax cuts before the bills are paid ain’t something to brag about.

  3. Henry Whistler Says:

    Oh, and regarding this:

    “…they need to actually keep their promises, and slash and burn when it comes to federal programs and government spending…”

    If they had any plans to do that whatsoever, don’t you think they would actually tell us what they’re going to cut? So far, nothing they’ve said has been remotely close to budget-balancing.

  4. AJKamper Says:

    I think it’s pretty clear that:
    a) Americans hate when one side has too much power and does whatever it wants; and
    b) Americans hate it when politics is gridlocked and nothing gets done.

    Americans will always want more services and less government spending. They will always want lower taxes no matter what the tax rate actually is.

    So when Republicans get into power, they have to either: a) offer more services, at which point their base abandons them, or b) go hard right, at which point the center abandons them. I’m sure you can think of an analogue for Democrats.

    As a culture, I think we’re pretty much doomed.