by Onan Coca
If you listen to the acerbic commentary escaping the Democrat Party over the last couple of days you would think that these Republicans were the most difficult legislators to work with in the history of the legislature. The problem is, they aren’t. For the most part the Republican Party in Washington, D.C. is made up of career politicians who bend with the wind of consensus and are not exactly the most principled of men and women.
That’s not meant to be a slight, I think the Republican Party has generally become more liberal over the last twenty years or so. I know that Democrats won’t buy that, but consider that most Republicans think social security, Medicare, and Medicaid are not necessarily bad things. Many Republicans are ok with some of the broader powers being assumed by agencies like the CIA, NSA, and Homeland Security. Many Republicans have been supportive of the expanded warfront in the Islamic world. In the past conservatives have stood against social welfare programs, increased police powers at home, and even involvement in foreign affairs that did not directly impact our national security.
So yes… even mainstream Republicans have moved toward an expanded (or bigger) government.
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