Shocking news out of the NYT:
…President Bush unveiled a $2.57 trillion budget for 2006, the largest in the nation’s history. The cuts he called for, in areas like veterans’ medical care, farm subsidies and vocational training, were met in Washington with doubts that they would ever get through the Republican Congress.
The Cato Institute, a libertarian research institution, says overall federal spending has increased twice as fast under Mr. Bush as under Mr. Clinton. At the same time, the federal deficit is projected to hit a record high of $427 billion this year.
"The era of big government being over is over," declared Marshall Wittmann, a senior fellow at the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist Democratic research organization. That would certainly seem to be borne out in the record of the Republican revolutionaries, known as the "Class of 1994" for the year they were elected. Of the 30 who are still in the House of Representatives, 28 sponsored bills in the last Congress that would have increased government spending overall, according to the National Taxpayers Union, an antitax group.
"Too many people started to believe that the surest path to re-election is to spend money rather than cut government," says Representative Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican. "The material that comes from the Republican caucus is not to call for the elimination of this program or that, it’s to brag that we have increased the budget for education by 144 percent."
That is not surprising, says Mr. Wittmann of the Democratic Leadership Council. "Yesterday’s revolutionaries are today’s pragmatic politicians," he said. "It’s a classic tale of any revolution. They start out as revolutionaries wanting to storm the Bastille and the end up as ‘All the King’s Men.’"
Mr. Flake, the Arizona Congressman, said the future of his party hinges on the revolution’s revival. "If voters want bigger government," he warned, "then sooner or later they’ll return to the genuine article, and that’s the Democrats."
It looks to me like the voters who "want bigger government" (virtually all voters do, by the way, which is why they vote) are doing just fine and dandy by the Republicans. Both parties have always been about bigger government—always—in spite of all fraudulent rhetoric to the contrary.
All Republicans who vote Republican are fully complicit in perpetuating a fraud.