Skip to comments.CA: This is the party of small government?
Posted on 01/28/2006 4:10:13 PM PST by calcowgirl
Ray Haynes represents the 66th Assembly District, including portions of Western Riverside County and Northern San Diego County.
I joined the Republican Party a little bit later than most, as a direct result of the messages I heard from Ronald Reagan. When I began my own business, I discovered that most of the things I had been taught in college about government were wrong. As Ronald Reagan said and I quickly learned, government was a lot like a baby: a large appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
I could find precious few government agencies that accomplished their actual mission, and none that did so efficiently. I came to the conclusion that the only way society could actually cure its ills and satisfy its needs was by finding some way other than through government bureaucracy.
The problem is that government eats up so much money. For that reason, when someone wants to help the poor through a private charity, or educate their child in a setting other than a government run school, or tries to pay for his or her own health care, that person is taking care of the problem with the crumbs from the government table.
The bureaucrats and politicians eat so much, and provide so little, that they actually hurt the people they are trying to help, and those who are actually helping struggle to find the resources to do the job. The only way to solve society's problems was to starve the government monster, and let society fill in with the resources left over. The Republicans were the only one talking about starving the monster.
What a difference a revolution makes. The party of small government seems to have forgotten its roots. I don't wish to be too critical of my party in Congress or the governor of this state, but if the Republicans are the party of small government, I sure don't want to see the "party of big government." With all due respect to those who are making the spending decisions in Washington and Sacramento, they are not exercising a whole lot of restraint.
I understand the temptation. There is not much of a constituency for less spending. Whenever someone tries to restrain spending on any program, those who make money off the program howl, and the good people of society who pay for the program are silent (and therefore seem unappreciative). And, much like the mama pig who satisfies that piglet that bleats the loudest, the politician satisfies the dogs that howl at the budget door for more money.
Of course, the politician also benefits from this transaction. Politicians obtain and maintain power by granting or withholding the benefits of big government. In fact, it is really hard to determine who the prostitute and the "john" are in this relationship since both the politician and the recipient of government largesse exchange money, power and benefits, while the taxpayer gets the business end of the transaction.
The justification for this scheme is the great benefits the government provides to the taxpayer for the money it takes, but most taxpayers know exactly what they are getting from the politician and the recipient of government largesse, and they are not happy about it.
Since he took office, Gov. Schwarzenegger has increased spending in the state by $22 billion, exactly the same as Gray Davis did in his first two years in office. The Republican-controlled Congress increased spending by 33 percent since 2000. Neither of these trends is a good thing, either for the country, for the state or for our party.
The problem is big government. Republicans promised they would starve the monster. They are not.
We are supposed to be different than them. We had better start proving it.
We are supposed to be different than them. We had better start proving it.
My 2 biggest issues with te GOP recently are:
1.) Illegal Immigration
2.) Perhaps, IMHO, they have gotten away from small gov't.
The really sad part is that the Repubs have BETRAYED the conservative base. Now we do not have a party we can trust or rely on to get the government FIXED.
The problem lies in that government, especially in Washington, is NOT WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE -- they are working for themselves. And until the people rise up and put a stop to THAT, nothing is going to change.
"The problem lies in that government, especially in Washington, is NOT WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE -- they are working for themselves. And until the people rise up and put a stop to THAT, nothing is going to change."
Not necessarily. They work for the "people." A very small, wealthy, influential, group of people. And that goes for both parties. The Dems are far, far worse, in most instances. But in some cases, the Pubs are just as bad.
"Compassionate conservatism has its drawbacks."
In some cases, "compassionate conservatism" is a good thing. In other instances, it is just plain wrong.
They work for the "people." A very small, wealthy, influential, group of people. And that goes for both parties. The Dems are far, far worse, in most instances. But in some cases, the Pubs are just as bad.
Quite true -- so how do we get our country back??? A government that takes our money, yet does not work for us is a VERY BAD INVESTMENT.
I believe the two party system is on it's last legs.
Seems our (so far) ineffective Governor has bought that global warming/CO2 b.s. & that's where he's gonna concentrate.
First hydrogen fueling stations, now more junk science.
Pathetic, truly pathetic.
And maybe they have a point. The way the Democrats looked while carrying on about Alito shows the madness of letting ideology trump practical politics. Until a generation of Americans is raised and educated to believe that small government is a good thing, we aren't going to make any progress on that front - because they require individual responsibility, libertarian ideals have just fallen way too far out of favor with the average American.
Lately, he's been given to (rightfully) criticizing Bush & Arnold.
Don't be fooled, however.
1. He's term limited out in the next election & has already lined up a cush govt. job.
2. In 2004 he was a whore for the Pala Tribe, backing the unwind of the landfill on HWY 76.
Politics changes folks....& not for the better.
It's all the fault of Caliphonie conservatives at FR, yaknow.
A little birdie told me that. :}
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."
"The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From Bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
"I believe the two party system is on it's last legs."
I hope you are correct.
Since he took office, Gov. Schwarzenegger has increased spending in the state by $22 billion, exactly the same as Gray Davis did in his first two years in office.
Facts are painful, aren't they. He's also added 20,000 jobs to the state payroll.
Columnist Frank Duclos warned us:
What's the cushy job, and why do you say he was "a whore"?
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