Thursday, May 13, 2010

but we'll be saved by the GOP sweep!

The title of this awesome and sobering piece by Vin Suprynowicz in the Las Vegas Review-Journal (hat tip: Duncan Adams)...

...the Republicans, once swept back into power next January...are going to repeal all this! Right?

Let me see. ... Did they make any serious effort to repeal the graduated income tax anytime after 1913? To repeal Social Security anytime after 1933? Medicare or Medicaid anytime after 1965? Did they even shut down the counterproductive federal departments of Energy and Education, as Ronald Reagan promised to do in 1980?

Have the Republicans -- or anyone in living memory -- ever reduced federal spending below current income, picking up the phone and telling the Treasury boys: "Stop selling bonds; we're now in surplus and we don't need to borrow any more. In fact, let's start calling in some of our old bonds and paying them off early"? When was that?

Their apologists will say, "They've never had the votes." They never had the will....


At May 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At May 13, 2010 at 1:28 PM , Blogger Jenna said...

Alas, much wisdom in those ruminations.

I'm not counting on getting saved by any particular political party but am preparing to fend for myself. The again, who knows? Maybe all these Libertarian leaning Republicans will be able to fix it, although that will require the good citizens to suck up a lot of unpleasantries at this point. The federal govt has never reduced its size/scope since inception. Call me a pessimist, but it's probably too litte, too late.

At May 14, 2010 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Greg said...

Nope, it isn't going to happen. Just like I say to conservatives who somehow still believe in electing a "conservative" president, who would appoint "conservative" Supreme Court judges, who would somehow end abortion on demand. It hasn't happened yet, though there have been plenty of occasions for it.

It just isn't going to happen, not that way.

At May 14, 2010 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Jenna said...

But I'll still always do my research and vote for the most fiscally conservative/responsible candidate because I won't go against my beliefs, and like I said above, who knows -- maybe with enough of the right people in there it can get fixed?


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