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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then they get elected and prove it?

- PJ O'Rourke

In this WSJ article, the Republicans make the case that their inept governance proves their point that government is not the answer, and less, not more, government is needed. Is this one of the most audacious arguments you've ever heard? Does this line of argument bolster the GOP's case or is it potentially poisonous to the party's chances of reclaiming power?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124640443679876503...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Pretty scary conclusion from Thomas Frank, the guy who understood Kansas so well. This is really a likely scenario for health care!

    "Maybe they will appoint a tobacco lobbyist to run the thing. Maybe they will starve it for funds. Or antagonize its work force. And as it collapses they will . . . . chide, "You didn't really think government could work, did you?"

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  • 1 decade ago

    Interesting article although the arthur leaves out the fact the Democrats controlled Congress and government contracting up until 1995.

    That it has been a Democratic congress that did nothing to shore up levees that had always been identified as a risk.

    and Katrina only proved that government's really are not equipped to handle anything.

    California is another great example of how big government works, again a bastion of long held Democratic legislation.

    But I guess the arthur didn't want to bring those points up.

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  • GG
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    1 decade ago

    Another good source is the book What's The Matter With Kansas? by Thomas Frank. He explores what has happened to his home state and why conservative voters vote against their own economic self interest. It is traced to the late 60s marriage of fiscal conservatives with moral conservatives who idealogically have very little in common. The moral conservatives push hot button emotional issues such as flag burning, abortion, immigration etc. that stir up anger and win votes but accomplish very little; while the fiscal conservatives push in deregulation that is very profitable for them but destructive for communities, once the public anger has gotten them into office.

    Not saying the other side is any better, since they create programs that accomplish less with more money.

    But it is interesting to hear a group of people appeal to the American worker and then push through a contradictory agenda that only hurts the American worker.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You make a good point. I was watching a Rep Strategist last night who royally peed me off. She spent more time on all the things they did wrong (and some of it wasn't actually DONE by the Reps which was weird...) than saying what could fix it. I dropped party affiliation this last election, starting with Bush's Tarp 1. This is why both parties tick me off. Either do what you say you will, or get out. And rebranding is an insult. There are good people on both sides of the aisle, let's weed them out and toss the rest.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Republicans proved more government doesn't work; because, when they were in power, they grew government like the Democrats. And 50 years of liberal programs hasn't made a dent in poverty... it's only expanded it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Awesome link! Just because the GOP has made collasol blunders, they are trying to blame the U.S. Government!

    Just because the Republicans can not govern, they are trying to say the Democrats can not either. WRONG! PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON HAD A BUDGET SURPLUS!

    WRONG THE DEMOCRATS HAD THIS COUNTRY IN BOOM TIMES FOR ALL UNDER PRESIDENT KEENEDY AND PRESIDENT CLINTON.

    Source(s): JUST BECAUSE REPUBLICANS SAY THEY CAN NOT GOVERN WE SHOULD NOT RE-BRAND U.S GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY SAY SO! ANOTHEW REASON WHY AMERICA AHOULD NEVER ELECT ANOTHER REPUBLICAN EVER!
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  • 1 decade ago

    It isn't about who is in office it is about the inefficiency of government. You want FEMA and the IRS in charge of health care.

    The First responsibility of government is the defense of the citizenry. President Bush did fine.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its never good to use your own mistakes as "proof" that government doesn't work. I would think that would backfire and turn more people into thinking that big government is the way to go.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You're misinterpreting Republican ideas.

    Government programs and regulation are bad, no matter whose governing them.

    Many conservatives point to the Great Society as the pinnacle of welfare, which is now taking up huge fractions of our budget and allowing us to go into debt.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Have you paid attention to the current-Calf. politics/situation?

    Please compare Calf's fiscal health, as it was under the conservative Governorship of Ronal Regan, with it's current social progressive agenda's fiscal health.

    Source(s): Fox Cable news
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