Imagine How Much They’d Spend if They Weren’t “Conservative”
I received an email from Mike Huckabee. After discovering in 2008 that there weren’t quite enough fundies (yet) to propel him into the White House, he formed a political action committee. The purpose was to continue to tap fundies for as much money as he could while using that money to buy influence within the Republican party. He’s hoping this influence will pay off the next time he runs for Pope. Pope, after all, is what this theocrat wants to turn the presidency into.
This particular email, however, wasn’t about destroying the First Amendment. There’s plenty of time for that later! What he wants now is to pretend to be a fiscal conservative.
There are almost no fiscal conservatives of any prominence in the Republican party. There are lots of pretend fiscal conservatives, but none who live the values.
I’ve noticed almost all Republicans saying the same thing right now. Nothing in this particular email is unique to Huckabee, but it’s as good an example as any of them. Let’s take a quick look at it. (He doesn’t have this email on his website, but I did find a copy posted at a lunatic-fringe internet forum.)
Huckabee tells us about one of the commercials on the Super Bowl:
A car company had a commercial that had an interesting reference to Green Police giving people tickets for their lifestyle choices. For some of us that’s not too far of a stretch for a government growing bigger and bigger by the day under this administration and this Congress.
What we really need is a cop to rein this Congress and administration in. Someone or something to check their power grab and protect the taxpayers of this nation who don’t want their hopes and dreams crippled by a burdensome national debt.
He’s right. The national debt is now staggering. It is a straight-jacket on the economy and will be a devastating burden on generations to come. How did we get in this mess?
The following chart (from Wikipedia) shows the public debt in two ways: In dollars (not adjusted for inflation) on top and as percentage of GDP on the bottom. (BTW, the public debt is a bit different from national debt, but I couldn’t find that chart. This will have to suffice.)
Funny thing about that chart.
The pink bands represent Republican presidents. The blue bands represent Democratic presidents.
It’s a good thing we’ve had to suffer the occasional “big government”, “big spending” Democrat. I don’t think we could have survived any more “fiscally-responsible” Republicans.