For years and years, the Republican party stood for something and was an outspoken critic of the direction of our country.
From too many taxes to a bloated government to spending on frivolous matters and on and on. Much of the Republican battleplan was focused on the economy, but also touched on social issues and foreign policy.
“No more taxes” was a rallying cry. “Our government is too big and out of control!” “Why is the government spending taxpayer money on this useless project?!” And then for seven years almost every single Republican running for public office declared, “Elect me, and I will repeal ObamaCare!”
President George H.W. Bush broke his “Read my lips, no new taxes” promise, and he paid for it come re-election time. Years later, Republican leadership bemoaned the fact there was little they could do to stop the bleeding: “We don’t control the White House,” or “We don’t control the House,” or “We don’t control the Senate.”
Well here we stand in 2017. Neither Nancy Pelosi nor John Boehner holds the gavel in the House. Republicans hold a slim majority in the Senate, and the GOP is the party in the White House.
Yet despite having this control and despite how different things are from when those in power were named Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, the more things are the same.
Our national debt creeps closer and closer to $20 TRILLION, and as we approach our debt ceiling limit, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declares there is no way that limit will not be increased. And House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is asking for a “clean” debt ceiling increase, meaning he doesn’t want any conditions (read “cuts in spending”) tied to a debt ceiling increase.
This Republican party reminds many of us of the Democrat party of the 80’s and 90’s with Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, and Jim Wright at the helm.
Spending continues at an outrageous rate. The bureaucracy continues to grow, and more often than not, the unelected bureaucrats are setting and expanding the liberal policies already in place. Taxpayer money is wasted on crazy projects home and abroad. Tax increases are not off the table. Putting a band-aid on ObamaCare instead of killing it off is the best we’ve been given so far. And cutting spending is apparently not an option when it comes to the fight over increasing the debt ceiling.
So is it time to throw in the towel and accept the fact the times have changed, and we live in a different world?
We say “No!”
While we feel betrayed in many ways, we will not give up fighting for the principles we believe in, including a smaller, leaner, more efficient government that doesn’t trample on our rights and liberties along the way.
And, in fact, we’re ready to up the ante. We will push Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to make those spending cuts before increasing the debt ceiling. We will continue to fight for the full repeal of ObamaCare we were promised. We will demand the bureaucracy be trimmed down and government waste be eliminated.
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– John McCardell