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Why God Created the GOP
Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Pat Buchanan

Posted on 12/21/2012 5:53:38 AM PST by Kaslin

"God put the Republican Party on earth to cut taxes. If they don't do that, they have no useful function."

Columnist Robert Novak was speaking of the party that embraced the revolution of Ronald Reagan, who had hung a portrait of Calvin Coolidge in his Cabinet Room and set about cutting income tax rates to 28 percent.

But, to be historically precise, the GOP was not put here to cut taxes. From infancy in the 1850s, its mission was to halt the spread of slavery. From 1865 to 1929, it was the party of high tariffs. Mission: Build the nation and protect U.S. industry and the wages of American workers.

And if the Deity commanded the GOP to cut taxes, the party has had an uneven record. Warren Harding and Coolidge cut Woodrow Wilson's wartime tax rates by two-thirds, but Herbert Hoover nearly tripled the top rate.

Under Dwight Eisenhower, when the top tax rate was 91 percent, the GOP ratified the New Deal and provided the tax revenue to balance the budget at the elevated levels of spending 20 years of Democratic rule had established.

Richard Nixon followed suit. Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, aid to education, the Peace Corps, the arts and humanities endowments, all of the Great Society programs grew -- with Nixon adding OSHA, EPA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Cancer Institute.

Reagan cut tax rates to 50-year lows, but also accepted new gasoline and payroll taxes. George H.W. Bush then raised the top rate back to 35 percent.

George W. cut tax rates, but put two wars, prescription drug benefits for seniors and No Child Left Behind on the Visa card. Speaker Boehner is about to sign on to higher tax rates.

Point of this recitation: Republicans may talk of reducing the size of government, cutting taxes and balancing budgets. But the history of the last century suggests the party has been driven into what may be described as an inexorable long retreat.

When Coolidge left the White House to "Wonder Boy," as he called Hoover, federal spending was 3 percent of gross national product.

Today, it is around 23 percent. Add state, county and municipal government spending, and we are at 38 percent. Anyone think this figure is going down in our lifetimes?

Can anyone say the GOP, if it is the party of small government and low taxes, has over the past 80 years been a successful party? Or does the America of today look more like the country Socialist Norman Thomas had in mind in 1932?

How, conceivably, can spending go down when, from 2012 to 2030, 75 million baby boomers will be retiring and going on Social Security and Medicare at a rate of 10,000 every day?

How can spending go down when a million legal immigrants arrive annually, 85 percent from the Third World, and most lacking the academic and linguistic abilities or the work skills of Americans?

These immigrants -- and, with "immigration reform," 11 million to 12 million illegals, as well -- will be eligible for welfare, earned income tax credits, food stamps, rent supplements, Medicaid, Head Start, free schooling K-12 with two or three free meals a day at school, Pell Grants and student loans at graduation, job training and unemployment checks for 99 weeks.

Under Bush and Barack Obama both, these programs have exploded. And with 40 percent of all babies now born to single moms in America, does anyone believe these programs will shrink?

When the Great Wave of immigrants came between 1890 and 1920, these programs did not exist. In the 1930s, welfare was seen even by FDR as a temporary necessity to get through the hard times.

Our gargantuan welfare state of today, however, is permanent, as are the millions of government employees who milk and manage it.

Consider our largest government expenditures.

They would be, at the national level, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defense, homeland security and interest on the debt. At the state and local level, education, transportation -- streets, highways, subways -- and public safety.

If God put the Republican Party on this earth to cut taxes, how do we do his work in the face of these inexorable forces for increased spending? Do we ignore the surging deficits and soaring debt?

Mitt Romney said cutting tax rates would lead to a balanced budget. But when? The Bush tax cuts never did. His were the largest deficits of all, until the coming of Obama.

If we would see our future, we should look to Europe. There, the governments consume more than 40 percent of GDP and, in countries like France, almost 60 percent.

In Europe, the militaries have been hollowed out. Political parties face repudiation. Taxes in France have hit 75 percent. The wealthy flee. Pension promises are reneged upon. Government salaries are cut; employees laid off. Unemployment is astronomical for the young. The divisions deepen; the protests grow. Now, Europe's banks, fearing social unrest, have started to emulate the Fed and buy up regime debt.

Looking at the West over the last century, the arc of history bends toward socialism and insolvency.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: god; gop; republicanparty; taxcuts

1 posted on 12/21/2012 5:53:45 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Correction: To cut taxes AND SPENDING

ITS THE SPENDING!!!!!!!!!


2 posted on 12/21/2012 5:55:58 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, dammed lies, statistics, and democrap talking points.)
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To: Kaslin

Great thread! Thanks! Bookmarked.


3 posted on 12/21/2012 6:05:01 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Communal Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Kaslin
God created the GOP then later had to send Jesus TEA Party Christ to bring the dumasses back to the faith.
4 posted on 12/21/2012 6:09:11 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Gun free zones are baited fields.")
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To: Kaslin
Why God Created the GOP

To show us mortals just how gullible we are and that He has a sense of humor.

5 posted on 12/21/2012 6:10:19 AM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: Kaslin

Since when is cutting taxes NOT fighting slavery??


6 posted on 12/21/2012 6:12:25 AM PST by Flintlock (PARANOIA--means having all the facts.)
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To: Flintlock

http://capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/bruce-bartlett/1701/jude-wanniski-taxes-and-two-santa-theory

Yes, keep cutting taxes and growth will follow. The irony is that the more revenue comes into the treasure, the faster the politicians spend it. We are in rather a lose-lose situation.

If Americans really wanted less spending and smaller government, we would have it. They don’t.


7 posted on 12/21/2012 6:15:04 AM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Flintlock
Since when is cutting taxes NOT fighting slavery??

Bingo! We have a winner.Let me be the first to place that statement in nomination for FR comment of the decade.

8 posted on 12/21/2012 6:30:41 AM PST by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: Kaslin
Why God Created the GOP

So the progs would have something to stand on?

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Seriously, BEST article I've read in a while.... Thanks for posting!

9 posted on 12/21/2012 6:30:41 AM PST by MamaTexan (To follow Original Constitutional Intent, one MUST acknowledge the Right of secession)
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To: Kaslin

the potty of lincoln it is/was


10 posted on 12/21/2012 6:33:33 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Kaslin

the potty of lincoln it is/was


11 posted on 12/21/2012 6:33:50 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Kaslin

Is it time for a third party? There are a lot of unhappy people in this country who want little part of the Obama Revolution, whatever that is. The Republican Party is squandering an opportunity here. If it doesn’t voice that discontent, is it time for a third party?


12 posted on 12/21/2012 6:36:35 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Kaslin

Why God Created the GOP

To give Obama something to blame.
13 posted on 12/21/2012 6:37:06 AM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: Kaslin
But, to be historically precise, the GOP was not put here to cut taxes. From infancy in the 1850s, its mission was to halt the spread of slavery.

Taxes ARE slavery. If you work for someone and he takes all you produce you are his SLAVE. If he takes half of what you produce, you are his SLAVE. If he takes anything of yours that you produce you are to that extent his SLAVE. You may not be Mandingo but you are working for the Massa nonetheless.

14 posted on 12/21/2012 6:41:28 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: popdonnelly

I think it is. I would have said no last year because it would have guaranteed an obama victory. Well, we got the obama victory anyway. Now that the worst has happened it’s time for the Tea Party in Congress to become a third party. They can caucus with the GOP to keep the rats from the Speakership...or not. But it’s time for an authentic conservative party dedicated to limited government and individual freedom.


15 posted on 12/21/2012 6:43:13 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Mr. K; P-Marlowe
Buchanan has a point when he asks, "Does anyone really think that....?"

I despise Buchanan's proported anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism. That doesn't, however, mean he's wrong on everything else.

Obama proved his point in the last election. There are enough Americans who will elect a demagogue who promises unending handouts from the government.

If the idea was to sell people on fiscal sanity, Romney did a poor job. It's crazy to give spending addicts more money until they prove they've cut everything that's waste, fraud, and abuse.

Once they get there, then we can have a discussion about national priorities.

16 posted on 12/21/2012 6:51:07 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin
Richard Nixon followed suit. Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, aid to education, the Peace Corps, the arts and humanities endowments, all of the Great Society programs grew -- with Nixon adding OSHA, EPA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Cancer Institute.

Interestingly, Buchanan served in the Nixon Administration.

17 posted on 12/21/2012 7:06:05 AM PST by Fiji Hill (i)
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To: Happy Rain
"Jesus TEA Party Christ"

Extremely inappropriate.

18 posted on 12/21/2012 7:20:06 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon
Just a metaphor—no blasphemy intended—and it fits.

Christ is not Mohammad so weak and unstable as to be so easily offended by words—especially the words of his followers intended to promote his causes.

19 posted on 12/21/2012 7:37:03 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Gun free zones are baited fields.")
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To: xzins

This is why I have such a hard time with both Buchanan and Ron Paul.

They both make so much sense on so many issues, but the ones they are wrong on, they are REALLY wrong on.

Anyway, NOBODY in our clown-car congress is going to fix anything, and the average American is a fat, mouth-breathing ignoramus who hires politicians to steal stuff from his or her neighbors.

In short, we are screwed.


20 posted on 12/21/2012 7:48:16 AM PST by EricT. (The GOP's sole purpose is to serve as an ineffective alternative to the Democrat Party.)
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To: Happy Rain

It’s true, Christ isn’t weak or unstable like Mohammed. However, He is holy, also unlike Mohammed, and His name is sacred and not to be used as a joking play on words.


21 posted on 12/21/2012 7:52:34 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: EricT.

I agree with you.

Even though screwed, we’re wrong if we don’t keep trying.

Never ever give up!


22 posted on 12/21/2012 8:21:12 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: CatherineofAragon
As an American patriot devoted to the US Constitution and it's God given 1st Amendment right to free speech—the more offensive the speech the more in need of protection—I will confess anyway my lack of proper respect for the Savior in using his image to make a political point.

You have my sincere apologies madam.

23 posted on 12/21/2012 8:30:28 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Gun free zones are baited fields.")
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To: Happy Rain

Happy Rain, thank you sincerely, and God bless you.

A Merry Christmas to you and yours.


24 posted on 12/21/2012 8:48:50 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

In faith, it is a given for us both.

(though the season has been a little trying)


25 posted on 12/21/2012 8:59:28 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Gun free zones are baited fields.")
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To: xzins

purported?


26 posted on 12/21/2012 9:10:17 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: upchuck

Yep. My bad.


27 posted on 12/21/2012 9:13:26 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin

The point is not lower taxes.

The point is limited government. The GOP has given up trying to explain or defend limited government as a principle, and has turned instead to fiddling with tax rates as shorthand for limiting government.

It doesn’t work, because whatever the tax rates, they never actually limit the government’s reach, they only vary the amount of the deficit. And no one is inspired by an argument about tax rates. So the GOP winds up looking like a bunch of bean-counters instead of the party of liberty.

Until the party makes a real commitment to the country’s founding principles, which is liberty and limited government, they do little more than enact the DNC’s agenda at a small discount, and slow marginally the rate of economic collapse, and then take the blame for it.


28 posted on 12/21/2012 9:38:29 AM PST by marron
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To: marron
"The point is not lower taxes. The point is limited government. "

Government should be right sized. During war, economic recession, or disasters, the size of government grows. The way to curtail the growth of government is to skip the elective wars, stop jobs from being exported and prevent disasters. During the good times government should be reduced. Bring on the good times.

29 posted on 12/21/2012 10:00:29 AM PST by ex-snook (without forgiveness there is no Christianity)
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To: marron
"The point is not lower taxes. The point is limited government. "

Government should be right sized. During war, economic recession, or disasters, the size of government grows. The way to curtail the growth of government is to skip the elective wars, stop jobs from being exported and prevent disasters. During the good times government should be reduced. Bring on the good times.

30 posted on 12/21/2012 10:01:55 AM PST by ex-snook (without forgiveness there is no Christianity)
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To: xzins

Damn fat fingers :)


31 posted on 12/21/2012 10:03:00 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: upchuck

And they’re sassy, too!


32 posted on 12/21/2012 10:08:55 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin

The GOP is protestant politics.
Democrats are Catholic politics.
Others just join in from time to time, switching sides conveniently.


33 posted on 12/21/2012 10:29:27 AM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Kaslin

Buchanan right on target as usual.


34 posted on 12/21/2012 10:36:03 AM PST by Yardstick
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