The simplistic, if understandable, answer to that question for many conservatives is right now. The national debt has surpassed our GDP, we're borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend, and our unpaid-for federal obligations already exceed $80 trillion. We're in dire straits; there's no escaping that. But there's also no escaping certain political realities: The public isn't feeling especially charitable toward Congressional Republicans these days, Democrats control 55 Senate seats, and this president will occupy the Oval Office for the next four years. If the GOP is seeking to apply pressure on the Left to improve our...
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“When Should Republicans Force the Big Fight on Spending?” In 2005, when they controlled the WH and both houses of Congress, and had the power to implement structural changes that could have prevented the catastrophe that looms today. Instead, they went on a spending/earmarks/new-entitlements spree – like sailors who just got paid at the end of a long deployment (which, since they spend their own money, is an insult to sailors, but the comparison is well understood). Now, their (and our) backs are against the wall, and they are too clueless to resist and too gutless to attack.
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