Conservatives sent a large number of "tea party" members to the House in the 2010 election, hoping to fix government. It hasn't worked because the political culture there has been contaminated by an untreatable virus and even those with the best intentions soon acquire the infection.
Eighty-five Republicans voted for the monstrous bill (151 stood on principle and voted against it) because their leaders said that if they didn't it would hurt the party's chances in the next election. Think of how the media would treat them. One didn't have to be in the room to "hear" what was said because it's always the same. Give up your principles because the next election is paramount. And after the next election and the one after it, nothing changes.
The country should make up its mind. Do we want a government that lives within the boundaries of the Constitution -- limited, financially stable and spending only on what the Constitution says it should -- or, do we want a nation whose initials should be changed to ATM, dispensing goodies to any and all without regard to the financial health and welfare of this and future generations?
Passage of this bill seems to indicate the choice has been made and ATM has won. It is a sorry affair for which we, and future generations, will be sorry, indeed.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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