I like to pick on the Republican establishment. It's not that I like the Democratic Party establishment or think they are any less evil. The Democrats lie about being against war and standing up for civil liberties. But the Republican Party has this reputation of being for smaller government. While this may be true for some of the Republican voters, it is certainly not true for most of the Republican politicians and the establishment guys.
The Republican voters who truly believe in smaller government who continue to vote for Republican politicians are being duped. They are suckers. Most of us go through this. But it really amazes me when I meet someone who is older and been around for a long time. It reminds me of the quote attributed to Einstein that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It is insanity to vote for the typical Republican politician and expect to get smaller government.
There is always an excuse coming from Republicans on why the government doesn't get smaller. They will say they need the presidency. Then when there is a Republican president and government continues to grow, they will say they need the Congress. Then when they get the Congress and the presidency at the same time, they will say they need a supermajority in the Senate. It is never enough.
Even if the Republicans had a supermajority in the Senate, a majority in the House, and the presidency, government still wouldn't get smaller. Then they would blame it on a few so-called RINOs (Republican In Name Only) who are too moderate. Then they would say that the Republicans just couldn't possibly shrink the government or else the media would accuse them of doing all sorts of horrible things.
Well, if this is the case, then what is the point of ever electing a Republican? It certainly isn't to shrink government. It isn't to get government to stay the same size. The only legitimate argument that could be made is that it slows down the Democrats. But this only works when there is a Republican Congress and a Democratic president. Otherwise, it is a disaster.
As I've said before, there are two people in American history who have signed legislation to mandate the purchase of health insurance or else face a penalty. It just so happens that those two individuals are the two major candidates for president this year.
As the saying goes, if you get them asking the wrong questions, you don't have to worry about the answers. The same goes for voting. If either candidate is acceptable to the establishment, then the establishment doesn't have to worry about who wins.
Even if Romney wins, the Republicans will continue to make excuses on why government can't get smaller.
The Republicans have failed miserably. Just by having a majority in Congress, they could dramatically shrink the federal government. All expenditures are supposed to be approved by a majority in the House. The Republicans could propose a dramatically smaller budget and refuse to pass anything bigger. They could refuse to raise the debt ceiling, which would force automatic cuts that would be immediate and dramatic.
I know, the Republicans can't do this though, because otherwise the media would make them look bad. Good excuse. I suppose they will keep making the same excuses as long as the suckers keep voting for them.