Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Republicans Are Acting As If They Are Ashamed to Govern Conservatively

In recent times, conservatism is being demonized much like George W. Bush has been demonized and vilified by the media. The media and President Obama are making a concerted effort to identify everything that is conservative as extreme, evil, unfair, cold-hearted, cruel, hateful, uncool, and unpopular.

Obama has been doing this by publicly demonizing FOX news, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Pretty soon, "conservative bashing" will become just as popular as "Bush bashing" unless we can produce a conservative spokesman with charisma and a message that rings true. Perhaps Michael Steele is that man. It seems that most conservative politicians have either "sold out" or have been cowered into abandoning conservative principles.

Republicans in the house and the Senate are caving-in to liberal ideas, such as expanding the scope and size of the federal government, global warming, comprehensive immigration reform, socialism and diversity as a virtue. Perhaps they don't want to be demonized and vilified as being too conservative. We need proud conservatives in government. We have too many wimpy RINO (Republican In Name Only) Republicans who seek approval for adopting popular liberal ideas that may have good intentions but also have negative consequences.

Although the Senate republicans are opposed to the "stimulus" bill as presented by the Democrats, they will likely vote for a compromise bill which will also dramatically increases the size and scope of the federal government and drastically increase the national debt.

We need to see conservative Republicans unabashedly calling for restraint in government spending and debt. We need conservative Republicans to boldly call for less government intervention, less government spending, less government debt, less government programs and less government power.

The government caused the housing bubble by pressuring banks to make housing loans to people, regardless of their ability to repay the loan. The government bought these most of these risky loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The government caused the mortgage problem.

While it may be a noble cause to make home ownership possible for every American, the hard truth is that not every American is capable of fulfilling the responsibilities that come with home ownership. Without government intervention, home loans would only be granted to those deemed capable of repaying their debt. But because of "The Community Reinvestment Act", Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, banks and realty firms, sought out all individuals who would be willing to sign a loan agreement, regardless of their ability to repay the loan.

The government is the problem. The government is not the solution. The solution resides in hard work, discipline, individual passion, innovation, financial responsibility, and less government tinkering.

Instead, Democrats and Republicans alike, are promoting increasing the size and scope of the federal government, the federal debt and tinkering with private industry to achieve political gaols. Unfortunately, lofty as their goals may be, this does not work. Government intervention inevitably results in unforeseen negative consequences.

Hard economic times call for belt tightening and frugality. It is insane to increase federal borrowing and spending during a period of economic instability. Borrowing and spending will lead to the collapse of our economy. We need conservative leaders who will boldly stand up and preach "first do no harm". Let's pay our bills the best we can, individually and as a nation. Let's spend our money with frugality, individually and as a nation. Let us become more productive and exploit this nations natural resources to its fullest in this time struggle. Let us produce more oil, steel, coal, lumber, plastics, food and manufactured goods. Let us increase our prosperity the old fashioned way. Let's buckle down, work hard and earn it. That is what I am waiting to hear from a politician. So far I haven't heard anything resembling these obvious truths.

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