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What Would Reagan Do?

If, as expected, the GOP loses its ass in the elections, they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves.  Why?  For abandoning true conservatism.

A quarter century after the Reagan revolution and a dozen years after Republicans vaulted into control of Congress, a new CNN poll finds most Americans still agree with the bedrock conservative premise that, as the Gipper put it, “government is not the answer to our problems—government is the problem.”

The poll released Friday also showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans perceive, correctly, that the size and cost of government have gone up in the past four years, when Republicans have had a grip on the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House.

Discretionary spending grew from $649 billion in fiscal year 2001 to $968 billion in fiscal year 2005, an increase of $319 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Queried about their views on the role of government, 54 percent of the 1,013 adults polled said they thought it was trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. Only 37 percent said they thought the government should do more to solve the country’s problems.

Americans had a slightly different perspective when it came to the specific issue of promoting traditional values. A slight majority—51 percent—said they thought that was an appropriate activity for government, while 43 percent said it should not favor any particular set of values.

The sampling error for the questions in the poll, conducted for CNN by Opinion Research Corporation, was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Here’s the deal.  Americans, as a group, are fiscally conservative and socially libertarian.  You know, like the GOP used to be.  Now they’re fiscally liberal and socially conservative. And (gasp!) the people are probably going to throw them out on their corrupt asses.

A huge GOP loss in 2006 would be the best possible thing for 2008.  Let the party slink away in disgrace, lick its wounds, and figure out exactly what the hell it means to be a conservative again.  How do you appeal to the majority of Americans?

WWRD.

Posted by Lee on 10/30/06 at 08:08 PM in Election 2006 • Permalink

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