OT - Gas to hit 4.00

Doran L. Barton fozz at iodynamics.com
Sun Jun 15 23:37:33 MDT 2008


Not long ago, Andy Bradford proclaimed...
> Has any  major political party ever  really stuck to its  guns? When was
> the  last time  that the  Republican  party rolled  back big  government
> policies implemented by the so  called ``big government'' Democrats? The
> same question holds  for Democrats. It seems to me  that no matter which
> party is in ``power'' the federal government just keeps getting bigger.

During the Reagan administration there was at least SOME rollback. I seem
to remember Reagan slashing a ridiculous number of pages from the tax code.

The GOP congress during Clinton's administration rolled back a lot of
welfare programs they felt were wasteful spending.

But, during the last 10 years or so, I'd have to agree with you: government
just keeps getting bigger. Representatives from both parties are elected on
platforms that either promise smaller government or more valuable
government and they both just get in bed with special interests and pass
funding on sausage museums, bridges to nowhere, and special investigations
on whether or not oil companies are involved in price gouging. 

Congress (and the president) has settled on inaction with regard to energy
policy, immigration policy, and, surprisingly, national security policy.
Part of the reason is that the special interest lobbies have become so
powerful in their influence. But that shouldn't matter if we elect people
who don't care about getting re-elected or getting favors, only getting the
job done right.

Whew.

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