MCD contributor Trey Goff had an excellent Facebook post today, which is very much worth reading. It is further proof of why true conservatives don’t trust the current makeup of the Republican Party, and fits in nicely with the Walters piece!
A solid majority of my Republican friends are consistently advocating that we Mississippians vote for Thad Cochran in November. Their primary support for this position is that we desperately need to obtain a Republican majority in the Senate, and that Cochran will be chairman of the Appropriations committee. However, that doesn’t sway me at all. Why should I support a Republican majority in the Senate? Let’s look what happened the last time we had not only a majority Republican Congress, but a Republican president as well (2000-2008):
-The federal debt grew from $5.9 trillion to $10.7 trillion
-The federal regulatory body that crushes business and the free market grew immensely. From 2001-2008, the federal government imposed almost $30 billion in new regulatory costs on Americans. About $11 billion was imposed in fiscal year (FY) 2007 alone.
-billions of dollars and thousands of great American lives were lost in the Middle East and Iraq for naught
-Civil liberties were consistently eviscerated, especially by the PATRIOT Act and the NDAA
-Government grew in every direction and in nearly every sense imaginable
That isn’t something I can support. From 2000-2008, the Republican party did the same things the Democratic party is now, just at a very slightly slower pace. The main difference between the two parties is no longer big government vs. small government; no longer free markets vs. interventionism; no longer liberty vs. statism. It is no longer whether or not we should spend the taxpayer’s money; it is what and whom we should spend it on.
Thad Cochran was witness to and complaint with this immense growth in government. Were he chairman of the Appropriations Committee, we would see yet more capital and growth-repressing tax dollars poured into the Mississippi economy. We can nearly guarantee our spot near the bottom of every economic indicator to stay well occupied by our state.
I will not vote for that, nor will I hold my nose and vote for it under the false premise that a Republican Congress will somehow shrink government and return free market policies. The two major parties are merely two branches of the same tree.
That tree needs to be cut down.
Well said Trey! – MCD