Another day, another stack of campaign pamphlets in the mailbox.
I have to address something that’s been bugging me for a while. Every single one of the Republican campaign brochures has had the item “Lower Taxes and End Wasteful Government Spending” as a bullet point. This from the party that has been in charge of the biggest expansion of the fed.gov in half a century, and the biggest deficit spending orgy ever.
Folks, deficit spending is a tax, too. It’s a tax on the future, a promise to pay back a debt with my children’s future paychecks. Tax & Spend is bad enough, but how is Borrow & Spend any better?
Once upon a time, Republicans were the party of small(er) government, and fiscal responsibility. That is no longer the case, and hawking a promise to end wasteful spending now sounds pretty hollow coming from that side of the aisle, after seven years of insane federal spending. It’s like finally having a Come To Jesus meeting with your college kid who’s been racking up a few ten thousand dollars on the “emergency” credit card, and then being pacified by his promise to get a job at Starbucks and stick to a budget, if you only give him another chance and please, please, pretty please pay his tuition for him one more time.
Disclaimer: Being critical of borrow & spend Republicans doesn’t automatically make me a fan of tax & spend Democrats, so don’t start the “OMG YOU WANT SOCIALISM INSTEAD?” chorus. Ideally, I want to be left alone, keep as much of my paycheck as possible, and not have my kids’ future paychecks being used as collateral for anything…whether that “anything” is my neighbor’s medical bill, or a rack of Hellfire missiles. Right now, we’re just playing a game of Fiscal Musical Chairs, we’re running out of chairs, and the candidates for both parties are asking us to just please keep the music playing for a little while longer.