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Posted July 20, 2005
Less Government can be a GOOD thing!
This book takes a good, hard, look at how the Republican party of today differs from the Republican party of the 1980s Ronald Reagan Era. Although there has been an expensive War on Terror the past couple of years--due in large part to the 1990s Clinton era gutting of the U.S. military--other big, costly, government programs seem to be all the rage under the current President Bush and many of today's Republican leaders. What is ironic is that the Republican party--long known for less government intervention in individual's lives--today spends more money with Republicans controlling the House, Senate, and White House than it spent during the 1990s Clinton Big Government years. It is rather sad, but obvious, that the young Republican mavericks who were elected during the 1994 Newt Gingrich Contract With America (also patterned very much after President Reagan's ideals) never really received the credit that they were due for showing fiscal responsibility. Although, as author Scarborough points out, many of the young 1994 Republicans have since voluntarily left Washington D.C. due to their own self-imposed term limits, many members of the Freshman Republican Class of 1994 had more to do with balancing the budget during the 1990s than Clinton or the old-time Dems and Republicans who have served in Washington for decades and are still there today.
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Posted July 16, 2009
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