With Arlen Specter turning Benedict Arnold on the Republicans, there have been hordes of speculation about whether moderates exist in the Republican Party. Senator Olympia Snowe immediately wrote an article expressing her concern about her existence as a moderate within the party. Senator Snowe, I am a moderate Republican and I feel quite comfortable in this party.
The problems that Ms. Snowe and Arlen Specter have are multi-fold and they are not issues of conscience. They would want you to believe that, but if it were so then they do not understand what being a Republican is in the first place.
Some would want you to believe that being pro-life is a hallmark issue of being in the Republican Party. It is not and don’t fall for that. There are many people who happily exist in the Republican Party who are pro-choice. In fact, I would say at least 80% of Republican Jews are pro-choice. Of course, we are not whacked-out on the issue. We generally believe in parental notification, do not believe in late-term abortions and prefer the government stays out of the process all together -- including funding.
We moderates believe there are bigger issues that tie us to the Republican Party. The first issue concerns tax policy and fiscal matters. We believe that government should not be and cannot be the answer for all economic ills. We moderate Republicans were as upset with the Republicans in Congress during the Bush Era for not trimming expenditures as any Conservative. We felt more government programs should have been given a merciful death. We are beside ourselves with angst about Obama’s economic plans and the Democrats’ attempt to usurp the healthcare system under the guise of providing universal healthcare.
So Senator Snowe, along with Senator Collins and Arlen Specter, should know that we are just as aggravated and possibly more than the Conservatives with them for their naïve endorsement of the “Stimulus Bill.” We did not need Rush Limbaugh to tell us that the bill was a gargantuan mistake, with multiple Trojan Horses planted by the Democrats.
The reason we are probably more aggravated is two-fold. First, you tarnished the good name of moderate Republicans by signing on to that turkey. Second, we understand that politics is a team sport. Do we like everything about our most conservative Republican friends? Absolutely we do not. But when the team says we are going one way, we don’t appoint ourselves as special arbitrators and undercut everyone else in the party.