The WaPo has a good little read on the dysfunction gripping the Republican Party.
Republicans insist they remain united around core principles of smaller government, lower taxes and a strong national defense, but can no longer agree on how to implement that philosophy and are squabbling over their delivery on those commitments.
For any elected GOPers who happen to be reading this, let me offer a few suggestions:
- 1 – Do not believe for a second that price controls and increased regulation make a better market
- 2 – A vote to raise the debt ceiling is a vote to grow government, not to shrink it.
- 3 – The National Endowment for the Arts is a joke. Kill it! Don’t increase its funding.
- 4 – There are two simple truths in life. Education is an issue best dealt with at the local level and some children will get left behind. Plumping the federal government won’t make it otherwise.
- 5 – Medicare was complicated enough. If your plan to reform it requires the creation of a Medicare Drug Plan Locator, it’s too damn complicated. People can’t program a VCR, what makes you think they can master this?
If your big argument is how best to institute a smaller government, you’re doing a pretty poor job.
Why not start with something simple like P.J. O’Rourke’s Law of Circumcision – you can take 10% off the top of anything and it will function just as well.
Start cutting, fellas.