While the American people may have soured on the Republican Party because of the “last eight years,” the last eight weeks have helped reaffirm my commitment to the GOP.Â Perhaps, had the president adhered to his party’s principles and held the line on federal spending, people would better appreciate the philosophical differences between the parties.
I wonder how much attention the American people are paying to the Democrats’ talk of increasing federal spending should Barack Obama win next week.Â Or are they just focused on voting against the party in power?
Do people know that Obama’a party favors a spending package (they call it stimulus) of $150 or $300 billion depending on which report you read?Â And this with a budget way out of balance.Â Do they know that the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee favors “a 25 percent cut in military spending.”Â And this at a time when we face threats abroad and are fighting two wars (though one does seem to be in the mopping up stages).
Are they aware that when Obama proposes reducing taxes on 95% of households, as many as 44 percent don’t pay any federal income tax.Â That’s not a reduction in taxes, but a redistribution of wealth.Â And Obama has long favored such redistribution, spreading the wealth around in the vernacular of the 2008 campaign.
Just take a listen to what he said in 2001:
As Michelle Malkin, who alerted to the video put it, summarized, he’s not asking whether to redistribute wealth, but how.
Listening to Barack Obama, I become more of a Republican because my party, in principle at least, favors a less intrusive federal government and more freedom. We don’t believe in economic policies which redistribute the wealth, but which increase the size of the pie so all benefit.
With the Democratic Party breaking from the Clintonian ideal of “reinventing government” (by which the Administration would focus on making existing federal programs work better) and replacing it with a commitment to expanding government, the GOP stands as a bulwark against the encroaching power of the state.
In rhetoric at least over the past few weeks, we’ve heard a renewed Republican commitment to free enterprise and opportunity. We know the state cannot solve our problems.
It’s too bad that for the last eight years, George W. Bush did little to contain the size of the federal government and did not build on the good work Ronald Reagan had begun. If people do vote against Bush’s party next month, they’ll be voting to accelerate his spendthrift ways.Â And to delay even further the vision the Gipper had and the fulfillment of our party’s ideals.