Friday, May 12, 2006

Earlier this week, Peggy Noonan made the above point (Republicans lack of demonstrated commitment to their spoken agenda) in an insightful column.

Check out this paragraph:
The Republicans talk about cutting spending, but they increase it--a lot. They stand for making government smaller, but they keep making it bigger. They say they're concerned about our borders, but they're not securing them. And they seem to think we're slobs for worrying. Republicans used to be sober and tough about foreign policy, but now they're sort of romantic and full of emotionalism. They talk about cutting taxes, and they have, but the cuts are provisional, temporary. Beyond that, there's something creepy about increasing spending so much and not paying the price right away but instead rolling it over and on to our kids, and their kids.
I do think that there is some tactical advantage to making tax cuts temporary (as long as they are extended when it is time), but I largely think that Ms. Noonan has it right in the foregoing paragraph.