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Political rant 
7th-Nov-2008 03:29 pm
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OK, I'm getting sick of people referring to the Republicans as the 'small government' or 'reduce spending' parties. I'm hearing this as part of the 'what did we do wrong' analysis of the election, and also from actual people like my dad. I've been politically aware for over 25 years now, and not once during that time have the Republicans actually done anything to reduce spending. The deficit is huge because of Reagan, Bush and Bush. Clinton got us to surpluses. That is the political reality I know. Anything else is empty rhetoric, or pre-1980s politics. My generation has never seen anything but "spend and spend" Republicans.

--Tom
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7th-Nov-2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
And I've never seen the Republicans ever act in any way they claim to be acting or wish to act.

They had six years of controlling all three branches of the government to overturn Roe v Wade and did not do so. It is not in their interests to actually overturn it, but only to make a lot of noise about overturning it.

I've also never seen them reduce the size of government, spending, or anything else. I've watched the "Family Values" loudmouths get caught violating ethics, laws, and congressional pages while screaming about morality.

Now they're flaying a woman who they used like a two-dollar whore for political gain. Are you telling me that they knew nothing of this before the actual election? Ridiculous. As little as I ever respected her, I have to feel bad at the way she's being treated now by the people who shoved her out into the limelight to make themselves appear better than they could ever be.
9th-Nov-2008 07:27 am (UTC)
Clinton did balance the budget with a republican congress- and that congress cut huge amounts of spending and programs.

In theory, a Dem congress and Rep president should have been able to do the same thing, but they seem to have given us the worst shortfall ever.

But whenever the rep cut spending, they invariable cut taxes as much or more- and the spending cuts are more often blocked than the tax cuts.
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