Twice in my post celebrating the House Republicans’ unanimous rejection of the Democrats’ spendthrift “stimulus” package, I used the adverb “finally” to describe the GOP’s return to fiscal prudence.Â For this, two readers scolded me (and/or Republicans) in the comments section.
Instead of focusing on the current vote, they preferred to dwell on the past, reminding us (and rightfully so) in one critic’s words that when in power, Republicans “spent, overspent, and way overspent.”Â That critic would do well to note that they did not go on such on a binge for eight years.Â For the last two years, the Democratic Party controlled Congress and increased federal domestic spending at a greater rate than had Republicans in the preceding six.
As those who actually read this blog know (as opposed to those who comment to a post after reading its title, skimming its first few lines and drawing from their ideas (usually false) of what Republicans believe), we have long been critical of President Bush and past Republican Congresses for not staying true to the party’s Reaganite principles and holding the line on government spending.Â I used the word “finally” to celebrate their return to those core principles.
Maybe it takes losing power for Republicans to see what ideas helped them gain that power in the first place.Â Â Let’s hope that finally my party has learned its lesson.Â Â Instead of praising the GOP for what it is today, our critics remind us of what it was in the past, as if that past profligacy justifies the Democrats’ one-upmanship, way-way-way overspending when Republicans just way overspent.
And let’s hope they remember it when they win that power back again.Â If Democrats succeed in passing this spendthrift “stimulus,” then the American people will see the majority party for what it is, an outfit committed to growing the size of government and limiting the arena in which individuals may operate freely.