Star Parker

What are the prospects that this will happen in a Democratic regime?

Consider what our new leadership on Capitol Hill is going to look like.

National Journal, the popular and prestigious Washington weekly about government and policy, compiles a Composite Liberal Score, based on voting records, for every senator and congressman. A score of 100 would be a flawless liberal voting record.

Looking over the prospective committee chairmen in the new Democratic House, the average Composite Liberal Score of the chairmen of the 21 standing committees is 78.5. In the leadership we have Pelosi with a rating of 90.2 and Majority Leader-Elect Steny Hoyer at 70.7.

In the Senate, the average Composite Liberal Score for the prospective 20 committee chairmen is 77.4. In the leadership, we have Majority Leader-Elect Harry Reid at 78.2 and Majority Whip-Elect Richard Durbin at 86.8.

What are the chances that this regime who, on average, vote liberal almost 80 percent of the time, is interested in limiting the size of government?

Sure, the current Republican regime has been a disaster in limiting government growth. But at least there are some Republicans who oppose this. Find me a tax cutting, spending cutting, regulation limiting, privatizing Democrat. Good luck.

So, if there is a 10 percent chance of getting smaller government under Republican leadership as opposed to zero chance under Democratic leadership, I'm not indifferent, nor should any caring American be indifferent, to what party is in power. We need Republicans.

Now, here's the nation's to-do list for the next two years. First, limit the damage that the Democrats do. Second, find the real limited government Republicans _- Republicans like Jeff Flake and Mike Pence in the House, or like the governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford. Get these guys in charge so we can take back the regime and start doing the government downsizing work on which this nation's future depends.


Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.