I’m a Republican. Always have been. I believe in free markets, low taxes, reasonable regulation and limited government. But as I look back at the weeks of rancor leading up to Sunday night’s last-minute budget deal, I see some things I don’t believe in:
Forcing the United States to the verge of default.
Shrugging off the needs and concerns of millions of unemployed.
Protecting every single loophole, giveaway and boondoggle in the tax code as a matter of fundamental conservative principle.
Massive government budget cuts in the midst of the worst recession since World War II.
Frum delineates several things that I could easiliy support but fail to see from the GOP: in the current climate
- Unemployment is a more urgent problem than debt.
- The deficit is a symptom of America’s economic problems, not a cause.
- The time to cut is after the economy recovers.
- The place to cut is health care, not assistance to the unemployed and poor.
- We can collect more revenue without raising tax rates.
- Passion does not substitute for judgment.
- You can’t save the system by destroying the system.
As Frum states, it is too bad the GOP at the Federal level has forgotten these things. He accurately states that radicals seem to be in charge.
I do not see the radicals relinquishing the power they have garnered over the last 20 years or so.