May 24, 2010

YOU CAN MAKE THE GOP ARGUMENT FOR THE MIDTERMS IN JUST TWO WORDS...:

The Gathering Revolt against Government Spending: In the past, rebellions against fiscal policy have concentrated on taxes rather than spending. This time is different. (Michael Barone, 5/24/10, National Review)

It has long been a maxim of political scientists that American voters are ideologically conservative and operationally liberal. That is another way of saying that they tend to oppose government spending in the abstract but tend to favor spending on particular programs. It’s another explanation of why the culture of appropriators continued to thrive after the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and during the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency.

In the past, rebellions against fiscal policy have concentrated on taxes rather than spending. In the 1970s, when inflation was pushing voters into higher tax brackets, tax revolts broke out in California and spread east. Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts were popular, but spending cuts did not follow. Bill Clinton’s tax increases led to the Republican takeover and to tax cuts at both the federal and state levels, but spending boomed under George W. Bush.

The rebellion against the fiscal policies of the Obama Democrats, in contrast, is concentrated on spending.


...spending, spending, spending.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2010 2:00 PM
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