A Party In Limbo.

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What I’m about to say is anathema to most Republicans.

Ronald Reagan was no Ronald Reagan.

My friend Dan at the Gay Patriot blog asked if we will ever contain the size of government, which immediately led to comments about Ronald Reagan and his battles to decrease the size of government. He may have battled, but he never acheived it.

The party that I used to belong to is struggling with an identity crisis. Part of the problem is that they have taken a good president from their midsts, and wrapped him in a blanket of mythology that prevent them from seeing the truth. Reagan espoused smaller government ideals, but he didn’t practice what he preached. Fed spending was a quarter higher in real terms when Reagan left office than when he entered. Excluding civilians working for the military (my dad was one) the federal civilian work force increased from 2.8 million to 3 million. Note that under Bill Clinton, the federal civilian work force went down from 2.9 million to 2.68 million. Some of that can be attributed to subsequent decrease in military spending (some necessary due to the end of the cold war, some not), but even so, that is cutting the size of government, in practice, not in rhetoric.

Now, I know, I know, there will be indignant blasts that I’m an idiot because Reagan had a Democratic congress and Clinton had a Republican one, Reagan spent to win the cold war, etc. etc. blah, blah, blah. This is all true. But what ever happened to the concept of ultimate responsibility falling to the laps of not only our leaders, even those we revere, but of us, the voters, as well? We will never grow into a true party of fiscal conservatives unless we are willing to not only stop making excuses for past failures to stop the growth of government, including Reagan’s failure to do so, but also for us, the voter, to take responsibility for those failures. We are all too willing to let other priorities take precedence over fiscal responsibility. And yes, that does include the War On Terror. We need to be willing to abandon everything else that distracts us from that goal, which includes many social issues. No more spending for pet projects… period. And we have to be willing to place all things under the fiscal ax, including military spending.

Dan, the goal you strive for is a noble one, one that is foremost at the top of my agenda. I DID NOT vote for Bush in 2004, I did not vote for Obama or McCain either, for the same reason. Their fiscal policies sucked. Until all in the Republican party values fiscal restraint ABOVE ALL ELSE, you will never see your goal.

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  1. By Johnny, November 18, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

    Personally, I hate Ronald Reagan, mostly because of Reaganomics.

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