Ed Feulner

The buy-off failed. Its author, Nancy Johnson, was ousted in Connecticut, while key supporter Clay Shaw lost his Florida seat after his opponent made the costly benefit a campaign issue.

That’s in part because of the “doughnut hole.” Recipients recently learned that while Medicare covers most of their first $2,250 in drug spending, coverage drops after that to zero until the patient reaches $5,100 in spending. That’s almost $3,000 that recipients are on the hook for. It’s time to scrap this big-government program and craft something that will actually work.

The American people certainly voted for change, and that change should be to walk the conservative walk, especially on budgetary matters. After all, today’s strong economy comes directly from conservative tax policies. We can lock in and build on that growth if we keep those policies and couple them with conservative spending policies.

For years conservatives have urged President Bush to veto frivolous spending bills. Now maybe he finally will. And if all the Democrats who were elected as conservatives are true to their campaign rhetoric, there should be fewer such bills for him to veto.

The lesson that politicians should learn from this election is that they can’t buy our support with more spending. Instead, they should focus on creating a government that is smaller -- and more responsible with our money.

Ed Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner, and co-author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today .
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