I have said this before, but it is worth repeating:
In order for the Republicans to get back to their roots so that they may one day get back in power, they are going to have to become “fiscal conservatives” again. Now granted, looking at the history of Republican rule, they have NEVER been fiscal conservatives, as the vast majority of our national debt, to include the largest annual budget deficits, were all brought to you via Republicans. However, there are a lot of idiots like me out there who don’t pay attention, and think Republicans are fiscally responsible. As such, expect the Republicans to spend the next few years simply saying no to any and all spending. What they are hoping is a couple years of them saying no and the Obama administration spending will allow them to rebuild their favorite fantasy- the GOP as prudent defenders of the taxpayer’s money.
With that in mind, Tim Pawlenty has an op-ed in the Politico, urging the Republicans to… wait for it, wait for it… “return” to fiscal responsibility:
The Republican Party’s conservative values — freedom, personal and moral responsibility, the power of capitalism and a limited accountable government — are as important as ever. The GOP should build on its core principles by making its case with common sense ideas that are better than our competitors.
Our approach on issues like security, energy independence, free market solutions for better health care and education with a focus on accountability for results instead of just increased spending are ideas that will do just that.
But it all starts by putting first things first. A cornerstone of the Republican Party must be fiscal responsibility — living within our means like most Americans do. Wall Street and the federal government chronically disregard this principle and have substantially contributed to our current economic mess.
And because he knows Republicans don’t have it in their DNA to be responsible about anything (see this morning’s post for confirmation of that assertion), he is proposing a balanced budget amendment to FORCE them to be responsible. The Republicans understand that right now their number one mission is to return to the pre-Bush fantasy (and it is a fantasy, as this graph demonstrates) that they are somehow responsible stewards of your money. The fact that this is mere fiction will not stop them, and you should be prepared to swat down all the disingenuous posturing and posing they intend to do as they attempt to simulate fiscal responsibility the next few years. This isn’t about actual fiscal conservatism, this is about getting back in power to relive the glory years of the Bush administration, because we need to face facts- the folks pushing this pile of twaddle are the same ones who make up the 28% crowd who would have voted for Bush again in 2008.
I would love a fiscally responsible government, and that is why I voted for the Democrats. At least if they blow billions, it will be on the American people.