A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. ~Shelby Foote

Friday, January 06, 2006

Going Along to Get Along

Peggy Noonan has an interesting take on the Abramanoff scandal, and while the steamroller analogy gets rather strained by the end of the piece, her point is dead-on balls accurate (it's an industry term). The Republicans have abandoned any pretense to being the small government party or of being fiscally restrained.

One of the two parties needs to remember that most people don't like taxes and don't like government intrusion into their lives. People hate red tape and being told by their government that the government knows better than they do-- occassionally this is necessary, but even when it is, most people aren't big fans of it. I don't really care which party comes to the realization that the way to win, and win big, in the '06 mid-term elections is to go back to Kennedyesque fiscal constraint if you're the Dems, or Reaganesque fiscal restraint if your the Repubs, but I sure hope one of them comes to their senses.

Much has been made by various pundits and much of the left-side of the blogosphere on the Democrats inability to be an effective "opposition" party-- most of it true and merited. I'll throw this out free to Howard Dean and the Democratic Party-- you want to regain control of congress? Move to the right of the Republicans on fiscal policy (at this point, that isn't very hard, since this congress and this president like to spend like drunken sailors on the first day of shore leave) and watch the "Clinton Republicans" and "Reagan Democrats" flock to your candidates.


The Republicans should keep this quote in mind coming into the mid-term elections:

"The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best."
-- Will Rogers, Illiterate Digest (1924), "Breaking into the Writing Game"

Keeping with the meme, here's one for the Democrats:

"I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat."
-- Will Rogers

It will be interesting to see how the mid-terms play out.
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