Thursday, November 13, 2008

Suicide is Painless: RIP GOP

The Grand Old Party is Dead

Randall Hoven over at The American Thinker site lays out an impassioned case for calling the "Time of Death" for the Republican Party. It's hard to argue with any of it. He lays the cause of death squarely at the feet of President Bush - - like I said it's hard to argue...

I won't go into it since Mr. Hoven has done a good job of it himself, but here is the gist of it:

Republicans had branded themselves as the Party of low taxes, responsible spending and limited government. Virtually everything President Bush has done since his tax cuts in 2001 has been the exact opposite.

* Prescription coverage for Medicare and Medicaid, the largest expansion of entitlements since LBJ.
* No Child Left Behind, sponsored by Ted Kennedy and leading to even more Federal intrusion into education and doubling federal spending on education.
* Increased steel and lumber tariffs.
* Ending the Freedom to Farm effort and expanded ethanol subsidies.
* Increases in the minimum wage, the first in 10 years.

* Increasing spending from about 18.4% of GDP to 20% and more, and turning surpluses into deficits.
* Campaign Finance Reform.
* And almost forgot, our President had the Justice Dept. file an amicus brief to weaken the 2nd Amendment in the Heller case.

How long can you go on speechifying about the free market or limited government when this is your track record?

He's right. Where to now for those still believe in it?