Paul Jacob

Furthermore, in higher education, the liberal bias is even greater. In a recent column, entitled "The Left's last paradise," George Will writes, "One study of 1,000 professors finds that Democrats outnumber Republicans at least seven to one in the humanities and social sciences. That imbalance, more than double what it was three decades ago, is intensifying because younger professors are more uniformly liberal than the older cohort that is retiring."

Now, if space aliens approaching our planet were informed that liberals ? supportive of Democrats and hostile to Republicans ? control the media, academia and the entertainment industry, the aliens might reasonably expect Democrats to be popular and in power.

They would be badly mistaken, of course. But why? What has allowed conservative Republicans to overcome so much public chattering against them? Republicans are on the ascendancy and now control all three branches of the federal government.

Yet, the Democrats have somehow retained the mantle of the party of government ? a VERY BIG government, largely unpopular with the American people. (And, shhhhhhh, run by Republicans.)

During the recent campaign, liberal Democrat John Kerry did level some intelligent strikes at the Bush administration. Indeed, united Republican government has promoted reckless spending and increased deficits. In short, bigger government. But then, in every speech, Kerry went on to advocate additional program after program. No problem, no matter how small, lacked a federal government solution. The National Taxpayers Union calculated that Kerry's new spending would have totaled over $226 billion in his first year.

Most Americans, as Democrats regularly remind us, desire good schools, good roads, and other public bennies. But unlike liberals, voters are also concerned about costs. Most Americans long ago learned an important lesson about government: Progress does not consist in piling up federal programs.

Most Americans realize that public resources are limited, and that if we demand one thing from the government, we probably have to give up something else. This common-sense approach is not just a right-wing understanding, it is the view of people of good sense of all parties ? precisely the people to whom I address my free Common Sense e-letter.

Liberals, on the other hand, pretend that nothing has to be given up. Not in government. We can have it all.

There was a reason our pandering former president, Bill Clinton, said, "The era of big government is over." Though uttered as a diversion, the nation's Democrat-in-chief knew the statement summed up where the American people were. And are today. And wish that Washington would visit.

Republicans will continue to win as long as Democrats remain the first party of big government. That wouldn't be so bad, if only Republicans would stop being the second party of big government.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.