Yesterday's news about unchecked big government spending by the Republicans in the White House and Congress was a big source of embarrassment for the GOP, but not big enough for the Republicans to put a brake on their out-of-control spending habits. Most Republicans in Congress are pledging to continue their national shopping spree, and the policies supported by Brad Jones and Ray Meier would contribute to keeping the problem as bad as ever.
The rate of increase in national spending hasn't been this big since World War II. Well, at least we got our money's worth with World War II. We won that war. The Republicans' War on Terror, on the other hand, has been a colossal failure. Osama Bin Laden is still free, the Taliban are still fighting and gaining strength in Afghanistan, and the Iraq War gets worse for us the longer we fight it.
As Richard Wolf wrote in a front page story for USA Today, "There are no signs that the trend is about to turn around. The House Budget Committee last week rejected a proposal that would require spending hikes to be offset by cuts in other spending or tax increases."
It seems that the Republicans in Congress don't care at all how much debt they leave behind for our children. Locally, no matter how outrageous the Republican borrow-and-spend habits of the Republican Congress gets, congressional candidates Ray Meier and Brad Jones won't say a thing to criticize the reckless use of public money. It seems that Meier and Jones are afraid to criticize their senior Republican colleagues. They want help in getting money for their campaigns too much to speak out.
Well, wouldn't you know it, a more honest voice than Meier's or Jones's comes from within the Republican delegation in the House of Representatives. Jeff Flake, a Republican congressman from Arizona, let it slip that, "When you're in control of the presidency and both Houses of Congress, there's just no stop on it. There's no brake."
I couldn't have said it better, Congressman Flake. If you want to bring fiscal responsibility back to Congress, the last thing you should do is vote Republican.