Who are the Republicans?

It is more than a little disheartening to see that congressional Republicans went along with a budget bill that will increase spending by at least $300 billion over the next two years.

Those of us who remember what the Republican Party once stood for are, well, aghast that the GOP, which has stood for smaller government and less spending, has abandoned any pretense of reining in government.

When it comes to spending, Republicans seem to be no different – and in some instances are worse – than Democrats.

Democrats have an excuse. They basically believe in government almost to the point of it being a religion to them. They believe spending is good; that more government is better; that the measure of a nation is how much the government can give away by redistributing wealth.

Republicans have no excuse. Additional spending – and the nation already is $20 trillion in debt, mind you – only grows government. Period. More spending; more government. If they plan to be conservative only when they are not in power, the party will be in trouble.

For the last eight years, the party has at least tried – if unsuccessfully – to limit spending and government, and decried President Barack Obama’s wild deficit spending, but the budget vote was a complete abdication.

Alaska’s congressional delegation supported the deal.

It is disheartening.

3 Responses to Who are the Republicans?

  1. John London February 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Same old, Same old: Guns or Butter….Well, military spending and social spending as usual.

    REpublicans are deathly afraid to offend liberals as they may lose a few as customers.

    Hense the end of conservatism, especially the social kind.

  2. Marlin Savage February 9, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Then there is RINO, Pro Baby Killer, Lies A who thinks it’s OK
    to murder a 5 month old BABY…………………………..

  3. Observer February 9, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    It is worth remembering that the Republicans, and they are not monolithic, hold a bare 51 to 49 majority in the Senate.

    As distasteful as the spending plan is, would it be better to see Chuckie Schumer designing it?

    It should also be remembered that back in the day, Uncle Ted successfully funneled as much federal money as possible to Alaska. And the more money that was available, the more money was funneled.

    We live in an imperfect world. I would prefer that the votes existed in both bodies to eliminate all deficits. They do not.

    Defend the nation, make what incremental improvements we can to the law. Do not let the perfect become the enemy of the good.


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