Why you may ask – well this, I reply. If you take note of the date of ReyMac’s story it was: 2009 January 29.
In ReyMac’s story – who blogs on this blog and his own brought this particular GOP garbage, the one where the GOP likes small government, to light.
I know that we are a little piece in the giant puzzle that is the internet – but we do like to get our ideas out there before most – if we can.
After the past eight years in American politics, it is impossible to reconcile current promises by conservatives for small government with the historical record of President Bush’s administration. Most experts on the left and right can find one issue upon which to agree: The federal government expanded significantly after 2001 when George W. Bush was in the White House.
The growth did not just take place with national security spending but with domestic programs as well. Even as the administration fought to reduce the cost of certain programs by preventing cost-of-living increases in benefits, in many other areas of policy — such as Medicare prescription drug benefits, federal education standards and agricultural subsidies — the federal government expanded by leaps and bounds. And then there are the costs of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Yeah – we have brought that to the attention of those who want to read it before, too.
Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon were two Republicans who pragmatically accepted that Americans had come to expect that the federal government would protect against certain risks and that trying to reverse politics to the pre-New Deal period would be politically suicidal.
“Should any political party,” Eisenhower said, “attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.”
You mean? Well – erm – yeah! Who is the GOP asks Mary Millovitz in 2025.
She was told they abolished Social security, unemployment insurance and many other things way back when – all in the name of bringing about ‘small’ government. She went on to ask why was this, why would they do that to the people?
After a long discussion and all her questioned answered Mary simply replied “They only worked for the big monopolies and rich people? That was stupid!”
Fifty years of American history have shown that even the party that traditionally advocates small government on the campaign trail opts for big government when it gets into power. The rhetoric of small government has helped Republicans attract some support in the past, but it is hard to take such rhetoric seriously given the historical record — and it is a now a question whether this rhetoric is even appealing since many Americans want government to help them cope with the current crisis.
And as president Obama makes more of an inroad in getting the American people out of this crisis – you think Rush Limbaugh will be the voice of the GOP in a years time?
We will see, we will see.