While Iowa Republicans seem split on whether a RINO or a social conservative can best manage the federal government and turn around the economy, they agree on one thing. Big, intrusive government is the wave of the future.
Big, intrusive government is, of course, another name for socialism. The nanny state has reached the tipping point. All we are arguing about now is on whose agenda the money should be spent by an ever-increasing federal bureaucracy.
Is there anyone who actually believes that Romeny is going to repeal Obamacare and build on the HSA/high-deductible health plans that have made employee insurance possible for so many individuals and small businesses? Is that what he did as governor? Not exactly. But he will "repeal it" with waivers. The next president can then "unrepeal" Obamacare by withdrawing the waivers.
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Spending? More federal block grants to the states. Which makes them beholding to the feds to implement Potomac policy – unless they want the money spigot turned off.
Apparently, the Republicans in Iowa who voted for him are good with this. They don't object to the money being spent – they just want it spent on their causes.
Santorum, who also won the Iowa vote, has been plainspoken and honest in his campaign for Iowa. He has indicated what his personal values are – and they are shared by many social conservatives. Plain speaking is a refreshing change in politics.
But here's a small sample from Santorum's website that makes me nervous (my comments in parenthesis):
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- Eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and use half of the dollars to support adoption instead (it's a state issue; kill the funding on both sides);
- Cut EPA resources for job-killing regulations and return focus to common-sense conservation and safe and clean air and water (it's a state issue; kill the agency or the next administration will simply restore and increase it);
- Cut in half the number of State Department USAID employees and US funding for United Nations programs (if we don't kill the program, the next Oval Office occupant will merely quadruple the funding);
- Eliminate funding for implementation of Dodd/Frank regulatory burdens (but leave it in place so the next administration can use it?);
- Eliminate funding for implementation of Obamacare (but leave it in place so the next Congress can fund it?).
Tweak. Tweak. Tweak.
I fear that – even as we watch the socialist democracies in Europe collapse underneath the weight of their impossible promises (to be forever funded by eager bond-buyers) – America has reached the tipping point. Too many people are now dependent on government promises from both parties – promises Europe shows us daily will never be kept, because they can't be kept. You can't have what you didn't produce.
Obama's gift to the GOP is to have run the most lawless administration in history – and not be called on it. A man who fails to meet even normal citizen requirements, let alone "natural born," has made Chicago corruption politics the national norm. The federal courts have ruled that the Constitution is unenforceable by citizens, who can't challenge the qualifications of an illegal POTUS. And the people's "representatives" in Congress are too busy running for re-election to remove him from office. "Ho, hum. It will all be over in another few years when we get to drive the gravy train."
Put bluntly, there will never be enough money to fund greed and stupidity. The panderers in both parties know this, but they've put their faith in a surveillance society and think they can hold it together with the illusion of freedom.
I hope they're right. But I fear they are wrong.