Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I can see the steam coming out of his ears

If you have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal, you'll definitely want to read Dick Armey's rip-roaring article about the Republican party's descent into being just another tax and spend party:

At the national level, where President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress are presiding over the largest expansion of government since LBJ's Great Society, things are no better. Our political base expects elected leaders to cut both tax rates and spending, because they know that the real tax burden is reflected in the overall size of government. Instead, we have embarrassing spectacles like the 2005 highway bill. Costing $295 billion, it is 35% larger than the last transportation bill, fueled by 6,371 earmarks doled out to favored political constituencies. By comparison, the 1987 highway bill was vetoed by Ronald Reagan for containing relatively few (152) earmarks. Overall, even excluding defense and homeland security spending, the growth rate of discretionary spending adjusted for inflation is at a 40-year high.
I'm for security spending and I'm for road maintenance -- both of which I believe are appropriate government responsibilities -- but I am not for the greed with which the Republican government plunges its hands into my pockets. My husband and I work extraordinarily hard, and we spend our money carefully and wisely, and its just horrible to see the money go to the inefficiencies of government spending. The rest of the article is in the same vein -- it's all about the Republicans' spendthrift habits and their need to rein in those habits before they get booted out of office. Armey ends his column with a reminder that Republicans won as Republicans, and they're going to lose as faux Democrats: "One final Armey Axiom: When we act like us, we win. When we act like them, we lose."