Matt Towery

 (From Aug. 20, 2005) "Democrats shouldn't oppose a policy just because a GOP president sponsored it. And Republicans shouldn't snuggle up to the pharmaceutical industry, thereby keeping seniors from finding new and cheaper ways to obtain drugs just so the GOP can rake in more campaign contributions.

 What's called for is the hardest thing for our politicians -- new solutions for old problems. It's time to get real."

 NOTE: Those who follow this column know that I have been harping on the outrageous spending and creation of new entitlements, which have ironically come from a Republican-led administration and Congress. I am in no way surprised that Republicans are suddenly writing commentary and voicing concern over the ultimate and obvious crisis that will occur when the giveaways and the expenditures require abandoning the ultimate cornerstone of the modern GOP: lowering taxes. If you want evidence, consider these comments:

 (From Oct. 16, 2005) "President Bush's tax reform commission's … recommendations … are a sellout of most fiscally conservative beliefs and will provide more ammunition for what could be the coming decade's biggest political shake-up -- the emergence of a viable Independent Party in America. For those not familiar with the commission's recommendations, consider its two biggest proposed changes: drastically reducing deductions on mortgages; and reducing the amount that employers may deduct for providing health insurance and other benefits.

 Both are tax increases.

  … These are dangerous times for both Republicans and Democrats. The GOP keeps shying away from measures that would energize the fiscally conservative base that brought large swaths of voters to its side over 20 years ago with coalitions like the 'Reagan Democrats.''"

 As we head into the holiday season, Thanksgiving and Christmas will race by, and we will soon find ourselves making New Year's resolutions. My hope for the Predestined, the Republican-led congress and the Republican-controlled states is that they will begin to examine how far from the core concept of fiscal responsibility, which is the critical element of the Republican Party's success, they have drifted. It's not too late to reverse courses, but the American public will need a substantial amount of evidence to turn around its collective opinion. My hope for the Democratic Party is that it will actually find a philosophy that mainstream America can accept.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery