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How To Make Liberal Democrats Vote for Smaller Government
The American Thinker Blog ^ | January 24, 2011 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons

Posted on 01/24/2011 3:25:13 AM PST by Scanian

Virginia Democrats have introduced legislation to scale back government power. That's right. Could it be that after recent election defeats the party of big and bigger government sees the error of its ways?

No, not exactly. The recently introduced legislation would limit the authority of Virginia's small-government constitutional conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

One Virginia state senator introduced legislation to curb the ability of Mr. Cuccinelli to file civil suits without authorization from the governor or legislature. It seems Cuccinelli's efforts to protect the Constitution with his round-one victory in the ObamaCare litigation was just too much good news for the senator.

Another bill was introduced in response to Cuccinelli's investigation under the Virginia taxpayer fraud statute relating to Climategate professor Michael Mann's infamous "hockey stick" research. Cuccinelli seeks documents about a grant of taxpayer dollars to a state university.

The Democratic senators want to limit how the conservative Mr. Cuccinelli investigates potential abuses of taxpayer funds. But just two years ago, Democrats in Congress were proudly touting vastly expanded powers and penalties under the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, which was enacted in near tandem with the Democratic stimulus bill spending hundreds of billions of our taxpayer dollars.

That law created quite a few fears that the power would be abused that went mostly if not entirely unreported by the liberal media.

Democrats, however, were pleased with that new authority because both the control of disbursing stimulus money and the authority to investigate fraud were in the hands of fellow Democrats.

Democrats don't mind Democrats having the power of government. They just can't stand conservatives having that power.

So what's the trick to making liberal Democrats seek to decrease government power?

That seems pretty simple: Elect small-government constitutional conservatives.

Now, if we could only get Republican legislators to start limiting government power we'd be making real progress, no?


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: abuse; attorneygeneral; democrats; demonrats; gokengo; kencuccinelli; va; virginiademocrats

1 posted on 01/24/2011 3:25:15 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

replace them and Rino’s no time to play patty cake..


2 posted on 01/24/2011 3:38:52 AM PST by aces
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To: Scanian
I used to work at a survey research place. One of the questions on the most recent pol. survey was about a preference for ‘larger government’ over ‘smaller government’.

I remember talking to a lady (career sociologist and teacher) who hesitated and said ‘I think we need smaller government...’ although I never thought I'd say that.

3 posted on 01/24/2011 4:12:05 AM PST by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: Scanian
Democrats don't mind Democrats having the power of government. They just can't stand conservatives having that power.

And that is the one point that they just seem too stupid to ever comprehend. For example, I've been contemplating this Obamacare absurdity a bit from a Machiavellian point of view, and it strikes me that, by so fascistically enacting Obamacare, liberals/democrats have given their dread enemies, the so-called "Social Conservatives" (not anyone real, by the way - liberals can't deal with reality - just the shadow figure they apply that term to), with the power to basically make it impossible to life the liberal high-life.

How so, you might ask. Well, basically, under Obamacare, the federal government has, or can easily provide itself with, the ability to unilaterally determine what must, and what must not, be in the health insurance policies that all Americans must buy, under penalties of fines and imprisonment. That this purchase can be made compulsory is easily achieved if one grants that the current regime is Constitutional - once you've agreed that Americans can be fined a peppercorn for not buying government-approved insurance, then they can easily be fined their whole net worth, or placed in jail, for not buying government-approved insurance. Thus, for example, all manner of liberal goodies - like abortion on demand, so-called medical marijuana, and the like - can all be excluded from coverage. In addition, the power to unilaterally force insurance companies to provide coverage for queer partners is precisely the same power to unilaterally prohibit insurance companies from providing any coverage whatsoever to queer partners.

Going a step further, and because after all, it's now government money at stake here, those policies can be required to not provide coverage for any condition that is the direct or indirect result of, e.g., an abortion, or drug use, or homosexual relations, or whatever.

Quite frankly, were I both a Machiavellian, and one of those mythical, so-called "Social Conservatives" liberals so love to hate, I'd be wetting my pants in joy at the thought of how much damage I could do to liberals once - as will inevitably happen - I get my hands on the truly dangerous, unfettered, tyrannical power that is Obamacare.

To paraphrase an old movie title: Dr. Social-Conservative or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Obamacare
4 posted on 01/24/2011 4:26:30 AM PST by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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