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President Bush and Big Government

Adopted from The Outrage

Many Outrage readers recoiled in fear from the idea of a Gore presidency. What would happen if he were declared the winner of the 2000 election? Fiscal conservatives declared it would mean out-of-control government spending! The return of massive budget deficits! Huge growth in government! America would join forces with the UN to disperse your hard earned tax dollars around the globe. More handouts to mismanaged corporations. Good God, everyone would be gorging at the public trough!

If only Bush, the champion of free-markets and foe of big government, could prevail!

Government discretionary spending is now growing at 9% per year, in a non-inflationary environment, with 70% of this increase occurring outside of the defense budget. Farm subsidies have doubled, with a new bill calling for $190 billion in outlays. Mismanaged airlines pay their executives millions and still get public subsidies. Uncompetitive steel producers receive tariff protection. Defense contractors get, well, whatever they want.

Tell us again, who won the election?


Does it make any difference who holds power, or all they all hypocrites, liars and thieves?

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Webmaster's note:

I couldn't agree with the writer more. But, here's the problem--

During campaign 2000, President Bush liked to tout himself as a "conservative". But, he touted himself even more as someone who wanted to "change the tone" in Washington. So, accordingly, he tries to make nice-nice with the liberal Democrats in hopes that they'll return the favor. As part of this nice-nice plan, he just signs any bloated spending bill that crosses his desk, instead of standing up for his supposed conservative principals. What does he get in return? Do the Democrats reciprocate with the nice-nice? Not hardly. Of course, I don't want to sound like I'm placing all of the blame on the congressional Democrats. There are also plenty of Republican congress-folk who are afficionados of pork-barrel spending. Still, a supposedly conservative president should be able to use the power of the veto pen.

The second part of the problem is that while President Bush touts himself as a conservative, he has adopted quite a few liberal ideas. Part of his campaign platform involved expanding the federal government's role in public education while telling people that he was reducing it. Gone are the halcyon Reagan days when supposedly conservative candidates at least talked about getting rid of the unconstitutional Department of Education.

That brings up the third part of the problem. In one of his debates with Algore during the campaign, President Bush stated that he would only nominate Supreme Court justices who are strict constructionists, and who would abide by the Constitution. As is the case with most Washington politicians though, President Bush follows the parts of the Constitution that he likes, but then disregards parts that get in the way of his political agenda. Like, the tenth amendment, for example.

What's a fiscally conservative taxpayer to do?

For starters, register to vote. That way, when you write to your congress-folk about your disgust with the bloated federal government and high tax rates, they'll be more likely to pay attention to your letters. Then, you might want to check out some of the political activist groups that advocate smaller government and lower taxes. There are plenty of them around for you to choose from.

And, of course, you can always talk to your friends and neighbors about the issues. Encourage them to get involved. Who knows? Just maybe you could make a difference.

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