TIME FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO STEP ASIDE?…”This party has demonstrated zero ability to curtail or eliminate any government program, wasteful or otherwise.”
By Attorney Jack Swift
April 27, 2013
The history of our nation will show that the great political question of our era is the contest between ideals of limited government and individual freedom versus central planning and bureaucratic control. At this crucial point in our history, it would be of value to the free citizen, if the philosophies of the two dominant political parties reflected these contending positions. Unfortunately, in that contest, one has to wonder whether the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are but two sides of the same coin of big government?
In the march toward accumulation of power by the federal government, the so-called “liberal” Democrats usually get all the blame for their initiation of grandiose, unsustainable social schemes. LBJ’s “Great Society” comes to mind. Jimmy Carter’s creation of the Department of Education is another example. But what are we to say of the Republicans?
It was under the watch of Richard Nixon that we found ourselves saddled with an Endangered Species Act and an Environmental Protection Agency. Nixon divorced our dollar from gold support, providing the Democrats with an unlimited line of credit to support their spending.
It would seem fair to say that the Democrats have proven themselves masters at spending while Republicans have shown themselves to be masters of limiting production in the economy and manipulating our currency to hide our bankruptcy. This combination does not make for an economically sustainable model. Nor does it promote free enterprise and individual opportunity.
While the great champion Reagan lowered taxes to broaden the economy and the consequent taxable base, he did nothing to curtail spending. Nor did he do anything to remove bureaucratic impediments to production. This points to the great failing of the Republican Party.