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Yes Rush, itís true: RNC chief rejects GOP traditions (follow-up Union Leader editorial)
Manchester Union Leader ^ | 9-3-03 | Editorial oard, Manchester Union Leader

Posted on 09/03/2003 4:08:24 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative

RUSH LIMBAUGH read from one of our editorials yesterday, and a lot of people have asked if what he said was true. It is.

The editorial was titled GOP, MIA and it was printed in last weekend’s New Hampshire Sunday News. Because of all the interest, we have reposted it on the Web site.

We wanted to take this opportunity to assure Rush and everyone else that the editorial was and is 100 percent true. Over the course of an hour-long meeting with Ed Gillespie, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, we took great care to give him every opportunity to explain himself fully so that nothing could be misunderstood. The result was a surprisingly frank admission that the Republican Party defines “fiscal responsibility” as increasing the federal budget at “a slower rate of growth” than the Democrats (his words).

We asked him three times to explain why President Bush and the Republican Congress have increased discretionary non-defense spending at such an alarming rate, and why the party has embraced the expansion of the federal government’s roles in education, agriculture and Great Society-era entitlement programs.

“Those questions have been decided,” was his response. The public wants an expanded federal role in those areas, and the Republican Party at the highest levels has decided to give the public what it wants.

We were fully aware that publishing those comments — all made on the record — would mean we would never be invited to any $1,000-a-plate Republican dinners in Washington. But the rank-and-file Republicans, the men and women who vote GOP because they believe in federalism and limited government, deserved to know what we knew. Now they do. And they can use the information as they see fit.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; edgillespie; gop
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To: GraniteStateConservative
The pubs still have four or more RINOs in the senate who consistently vote with the demonrats on social issues - education, environment, free pills for granny, etc. Congress can't even pass a bill to drill on 200 acres in ANWAR, for Pete's sake, thanks to the RINOs in the senate.

The grassroots need to run small government pubbies who mean it and win office.

No one said that turning back 90 years of socialism would be easy. A good start would be throwing out the liars and cheats from the League of Women Voters from local polling places. And then auditing the demonrat voter rolls and throwing out all the dead people and dogs who vote.
61 posted on 09/03/2003 6:18:50 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Pikamax
Medicare is something that is pushed and loved by the older generation, the best you can do at this time is to slow down the growth while working behind the scenes to roll it back

You think gleefully voting for a new unfettered prescription drug entitlement for all is an example of "slowing down the growth"?

SD

62 posted on 09/03/2003 6:19:24 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: GraniteStateConservative
The pubs still have four or more RINOs in the senate who consistently vote with the demonrats on social issues - education, environment, free pills for granny, etc. Congress can't even pass a bill to drill on 200 acres in ANWAR, for Pete's sake, thanks to the RINOs in the senate.

The grassroots need to run small government pubbies who mean it and win office.

No one said that turning back 90 years of socialism would be easy. A good start would be throwing out the liars and cheats from the League of Women Voters from local polling places. And then auditing the demonrat voter rolls and throwing out all the dead people and dogs who vote.
63 posted on 09/03/2003 6:20:18 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Dane
Hey Dane. Everything in this artilce lines up with what is on the RNC's Issues Page.

Face it, the Dems have become the Socialists, and the Republicans have become what used to be the Democrats. Between the two there are only a handful of real "conservatives" left.

More compromise of the type you seem to like will only make this situation worse. Your idiot cheerleading is nausating.

64 posted on 09/03/2003 6:21:18 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: Dead Corpse
Your idiot cheerleading is nausating.

Naw you're sycophant cheerleading of a paper with an agenda, that doesn't even use quotes or prints the uneditied interview is what is nauseating.

I guess it doesn't bother you that the Union-Leader is practicing NYT/60 minutes journalism.

65 posted on 09/03/2003 6:24:42 AM PDT by Dane
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To: GraniteStateConservative
the Republican Party defines “fiscal responsibility” as increasing the federal budget at “a slower rate of growth” than the Democrats (his words).

Even that's BS. Socialized Medications are a giant step to full socialized medicine, a greater step to HillaryCare than the 'Toon's could have ever hoped to take.

66 posted on 09/03/2003 6:25:42 AM PDT by putupon (If you want to see something here you like, post it yourself)
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To: sergeantdave
The pubs still have four or more RINOs in the senate...

And, one in the White House. It just dawned on me that GW went to Yale, one of the most liberal universities in the country. It's no wonder he acts like one some of the time.

67 posted on 09/03/2003 6:28:30 AM PDT by raybbr
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To: KantianBurke; eddie willers
Hey there. Maybe you can help a neophyte. I finally forced myself to finish A.S. (?), and I understand everything except letting Eddie Willers die (I suspect) on the train. Why didn't Ayn have him join the Gulch at the end? What'd he do or not do to deserve his fate?
68 posted on 09/03/2003 6:37:56 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: raybbr
Yep, how on earth Bush turned over the education bill to Kennedy and let him write it is beyond me. Bush never learned the word "VETO" at Yale.

69 posted on 09/03/2003 6:40:12 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: GraniteStateConservative
hmmmm isn't it funny how democraps will admit how THEIR OWN policy is so bad when the republicans go along with it...

OK, so we need to house-clean in the GOP- but I believe in at least stepping in the right direction- and electing a democrap who believes in a BIGGER growth for the govt would be an even worse idea, and this own editorial is an argument against itself...by admitting that demograps want LARGER growth

silly democraps...
70 posted on 09/03/2003 6:43:52 AM PDT by Mr. K (not enough coffee yet for witty tag-line)
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To: Dane
Bravo Sierra. Look at the RNC issues page I linked to. That speaks volumes more than the Union-Leader article ever will.

Quit dodging. It only makes you look even more guilty.

71 posted on 09/03/2003 6:52:12 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: xzins; wgeorge2001
Corin, you've been there before. How is this done?

You're confusing me with Ralph Reed. ;-)

The religious right has failed to learn that while our faith should influence our politics, our politics should not be our faith.

72 posted on 09/03/2003 6:54:19 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Read later.
73 posted on 09/03/2003 6:54:41 AM PDT by EagleMamaMT
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To: GraniteStateConservative
George Bush, regrettably, is not a fiscal conservative, although he is a tax cutter, which makes him close kin. There's a lot of justifiable grumbling about his lack of budgetary discipline. But let's keep focused on our very real strategic opportunities: Social Security privatization; a premium support/MSA-type strategy on health care; vouchering the schools. We're not going to roll back government in these areas, and anyone who thinks we can is delusional. We can, however, drive the system in the right direction.

I am confident we will win on Social Security; the only question is how long it will take. Health care will be tougher, but we're still in the game. On education, I am among those who argued for years against any expansion of the federal role. We have lost that argument decisively in the court of public opinion, and it is pointless to lose elections over it. We need to outflank the liberals with a full court press on school choice, and turn federal aid into our lever for moving recalcitrant local bureaucracies. In the long run, we're going to win this one too.

When I got out of college, I did not expect to see the Berlin Wall fall, the budget balanced, or inflation tamed. (Yeah, yeah, but we balanced the budget once, and we'll do it again.) Those were tougher issues than the ones we face today. In fact, if the opinion polls are to be believed, we already enjoy majority support on the big three I mentioned above. We just have to translate that into voting behavior.

On these issues, the dems are not just wrong. They are visibly dishonest, and increasingly only the stupid are fooled. I think the time is ripe for a major Democrat to break loose and move his Party out of the swamp on these issues. It will start with school choice, and investment options for Social Security will be next. Maybe not this cycle, but within the decade ....

74 posted on 09/03/2003 6:55:41 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Corin Stormhands
Ralph is youngish looking, intelligent, and very articulate.

Sounds like you to me. :>)

How did the LogCabinRep's gain entry as a caucus within the Rep Party? Is there a process?

HOW does one repeat that process?

75 posted on 09/03/2003 6:56:15 AM PDT by xzins (In the Beginning Was the Word!)
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To: xzins
Heck...how about even just a "conservative caucus."

Granted, I know it wouldn't be very big to begin with... :-)

76 posted on 09/03/2003 6:57:46 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: MissAmericanPie
Exactly. This only confirms what many of us have long suspected.
77 posted on 09/03/2003 6:58:20 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: B Knotts
How about even just a "conservative caucus."

It wouldn't be very big...but...most of it would be religious conservatives.

78 posted on 09/03/2003 7:01:06 AM PDT by xzins (In the Beginning Was the Word!)
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To: I still care
The Union Leader has it's (sic) own agenda.

What is their agenda?

79 posted on 09/03/2003 7:01:23 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: GraniteStateConservative
We were fully aware that publishing those comments — all made on the record — would mean we would never be invited to any $1,000-a-plate Republican dinners in Washington.

Then show us the transcript, please. This story is too big to rely on statements quoted out of context.

These guys ought to know better.

80 posted on 09/03/2003 7:01:29 AM PDT by Imal (The World According to Imal: http://imal.blogspot.com)
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