A Bit Late Don’t Ya Think?
Republican Party officials are seeking to pass a resolution accusing President Bush and Congressional leaders of embracing socialism. Socialism might be a bit strong, but Bush in many ways has governed like a Democrat not a Republican. In any event where were these boobs say…5 or six years ago? Oh yeah, back then they were riding high both in terms of mid term election results, polls, etc.
“We can’t be a party of small government, free markets and low taxes while supporting bailouts and nationalizing industries, which lead to big government, socialism and high taxes at the expense of individual liberty and freedoms,” said Solomon Yue, an Oregon member and co-sponsor of a resolution that criticizes the U.S. government bailouts of the financial and auto industries.
Mr. Yue must have just gotten back to earth from a long space voyage. The Republican party is no longer a party in favor of limited government, market based economics, and individual liberty. It hasn’t been for at least…oh…8 years.
White House spokesman Tony Fratto defended the Bush administration’s actions, saying, “We understand the opposition to using tax dollars to support private businesses we also oppose using tax dollars to support private businesses. But this was the necessary and responsible thing to do to prevent a collapse of the American economy.”
This is typical of how government grows. Take a crisis, real of imagined, and then grab more power and expand the size of government. Nevermind that often times in these crises government plays an active role (e.g., Great Depression, Drug War). Recently it has been terrorism. If we don’t grant extra powers to the government to listen in on our phone conversations, arrest people and detain them indefinitely, and even torture detainees…why soon there will be a mushroom cloud over New York!