Monday, December 20, 2004


Time To Pay The Piper

Just like in those Mafia movies where a guy rises to the top via the dark behind-the-scenes actions of a shadowy group and eventually has to perform their bidding, GW is finding out that right-wingers are going to start pushing forward their concept of a Republican agenda:

"This White House will have a more difficult time convincing conservative
members to vote for more government," says Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., the new
chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee. That could pose a problem for Bush, who wants to overhaul Social Security, the tax code and the
legal liability system. Conservatives support those goals but may try to swap
votes for other concessions.

This might have been nice before we added another 30%+ to the annual budget and grew the national debt by a couple trillion dollars. I'd like to be able to say "better late than never", but I don't think that we can just brush-off the damage that's been done. And unfortunately, this House Republican Study Committee isn't exactly the staunchest supporter of small-government principles - they seem OK with spending federal taxdollars, as long as it's going to areas they approve of.

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