Monday, November 13, 2006

What Went Wrong?

The question conservative Republicans have been asking after losing control of the Congress to the Democratic Party. Some theocratic Christians such as Rick Santorum got kicked out. Hopefully, this now means that there will be less attempts to fill the Constitution with useless marriage amendments and less attempts to introduce Creationism as an alternative to the theory of evolution.
However, the American economy is doing rather well although the US GDP growth slowed during the 3rd quarter. The unemployment rate has dropped to 4.4% and "better" jobs are being created to compensate for the loss of "worse" jobs which have been exported to 2nd and 3rd world countries. The deficit looks better than predicted. There's a chance the Democrats are now going to screw it all up by raising the minimum wage, by trying making health care more universal or by wasting more money on public education that already costs more money per student than its Nordic equivalent. Luckily, Bush still has the power to veto any attempts to raise taxes but Bush is not exactly a small-government man himself ("Compassionate" has turned out to mean "Socialist").

The small-government vote didn't support the Republican party that had drifted away from its small-government principles. Many Republicans and conservatives are now demanding that the party should return back to what it used to stand for. The Republicans campaigned successfully for the small-government agenda in 1994 and won. In two years they'll have a chance to repeat that success. Evangelicals, the so-called compassionate conservatives and other big-government Republicans need to be flushed out. The small-government wing of the party must take over and beat both the evangelicals/compassionates and the big-government Democrats. No one seriously wants to see the US repeating the social and economic mistakes Europe has been doing for the past few decades.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minulla on kyllä sellainen (hatara) mielikuva, että Suomessa peruskouluopetus maksaa 12 000 euroa per oppilas ja USA:ssa 7000-9000 dollaria osavaltiosta riippuen.

November 13, 2006 9:18 PM  
Blogger ts said...

Well we need social conservatives in the coalition because economic conservatives are so few. The best bet is to restart the fusion project of convincing social conservatives that their goals for society can by met by libertarian means if government is reduced in size.

January 26, 2007 8:17 AM  

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