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  • Morning Bell: Big Government Strikes Back

    Republican National Convention

    ST. PAUL — After two conventions, three cities, 11 days and more than 16 panel discussions, a pretty clear picture emerges on the different directions conservatives and liberals want to take the country.

    Conservatives recognize we live in a global economy from which we cannot afford to retreat. It’s a world where an information-based economy enables consumers to expect not only better choices in the products and services they buy, but more accountability from their government as well. They believe the same free market forces that have lifted billions out of poverty around the world now need to be applied to a model of government still stuck in the 20th century.

    The left, on the other hand, believes the country has gone wildly off track since Ronald Reagan became president. Liberals want to return to 1930s-style solutions of the New Deal and Great Society. On issue after issue, the left has rejected President Bill Clinton’s 1996 claim that “the era of big government is over.” For them, big government is about to make a huge comeback.

    Energy: Listening to the left on energy policy, one would think the only way America ever moved away from the horse and carriage was through a well-thought-out, centrally planned government program to tax buggy whips and subsidize Model Ts. There simply is no acknowledgment that private technological innovation and entrepreneurship were the driving factors that transformed our nation’s transportation sector a century ago. Driven by fears that our planet will end soon unless drastic reductions in carbon emissions happen immediately, the left desperately wants the government to direct and control our nation’s energy infrastructure. Never mind that many on the left don’t even know where we currently get our energy from or how much their plans will hurt American consumers. The nostalgia on the left for big government runs so deep that any analogy to past government programs is marshaled to help make their case. Conservatives, meanwhile, plainly acknowledge that our economic and national security interests are not well served by our dependence on foreign oil. They just believe that millions of individual consumer choices, instead of a few selected government bureaucrats, should shape our energy future.

    Health Care: The left desperately wants to inflict a government run, Medicare-like, health care bureaucracy on the American people. But the left’s leaders deftly recognize that the American people would never sign up for government health care knowingly. So instead, they use the language of choice to sell incremental reforms that are designed to strangle private health care and pave the way for a single-payer system. Conservatives are much more honest in their approach, explicitly telling the American people that our 1930s-era employer-delivered health care system is hopelessly out of date, and that consumers need to be given the dollars and the information to make their own decisions. Only when real market forces are introduced, for the first time, into our health care system will skyrocketing costs and uninsured rates come down.

    Labor: Still dependent on unions for votes and money, the left has turned its back on free trade, calling for a timeout on new trade deals and renegotiation of current deals with our closest allies. Worse, the left wants to solidify its political power by reversing labor’s continued shrinking share of the private workforce. To do this, they want to end secret ballot elections for union organizing, thus enabling union “lieutenants” to pressure employees at work, in the parking lot, and even at their homes.

    Education: Despite decades of poor results, the left still has only one solution for education reform: higher government spending for public schools. Never mind that there is no link between higher spending and results, teacher unions will never allow the left to embrace any reforms that endanger seniority and job security. Conservatives, however, know that 85% of education spending goes to teachers’ salary and benefits, that these salary and benefits are determined by seniority and that seniority has no impact on how well students learn. The only way to bring real reform to our nation’s schools is to empower families to make the decisions on where their education dollars go.

    Budget and Spending: The leaders of the left talk a good game on reducing the deficit and lowering taxes, but the fact is that they still want to raise America’s overall tax burden. What little new revenues they raise don’t come close to matching their promised massive new spending increases. But for many on the left, this is not a problem: they want high deficits. Conservatives, meanwhile, know that our looming entitlement crisis threatens our entire economy and that steps must be taken today to ensure our children will have the opportunities for growth that we do.

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    11 Responses to Morning Bell: Big Government Strikes Back

    1. michael montgomery/n says:

      i agree with negotiating trade deals, and the doesn't mean i am an isolationist. i don't think giving away our manufacturing capability is good for employment and national security. we have lost the concept of "pride". japan has pride in thier industries. it is a matter of national pride. we have lost that concept in america. trade deals can be renegotiated where everyone is a winner. john bolton has confirmed this.

    2. James L (Jim) Frobas says:

      It is time for us (as a nation) to start teaching our youth (en masse) about the reasons for success in a capitalistic society and to encourage more entreprenuerial skills and self-reliance. I still feel that a mandatory two years of service with some financial educational assistance afterwards would greatly improve the prospects for our country to persist into the future. For those who do not appreciate the ideals which made the USA great (and preserved through the death of many of our fathers in wartime), I suggest that they seek another country of residence.

      Sincerely,

      James L. Frobase

    3. Bob Russell says:

      The Russians spent 70 years proving that central planning is unworkable, and left their nation in a financial ruin.

      The U.S. spent that same period tinkering with the educational system, leaving most unable or unwilling to read and understand history's lessons.

      Now we are being asked by the DNC to repeat the experiences of that period only because so many subscribe to the nanny state's promises.

    4. Larry Townley Monroe says:

      AS a union member (USWA same as Ms.Palins husband)

      I must disagree with you that unions are all against the Republican party. This may be true of the party hierarchy, but the rank and file of the union is pretty much evenly split amongst the two parties and independents.

      We conservative members, however can not make inroads at the local or international halls due to the "good old boy network" that control;s who can or can not run.

      It is unfortunate that our unions have been hi-jacked by the far left.If the party of Reagan doesnt reach out to us union members, then the unions are going to move farther to left.

      You will find most union people are against national health care, because we know we are the ones who will pay for it.You will find that many are for fair trade not free trade, when you think about it the program of free trade works against not only the unions, but against the country as a whole.

      I make a decent wage because of the union,not in spite of it. Remmber it was th unions that gave everyone a 40 hour work week and overtime pay for hours worked over that time. It was unions that helped to end sweatshops and child labor in the U.S.

      In short the GOP needs us unions member this November, so they need to throw us a bone, a good start would be to quit taxing vaction pay, this would free up a large amount of cash to stimulate the economy.

    5. Ricky, Georgia says:

      Only our votes can stop the left, the best step we can take is toward the voting booth.

    6. Louis Benard, Los An says:

      It is a scary world and growing up is not easy.

      Children want and need to be protected and taken care of.

      Some people never grow up.

      They are called "liberals"…

      As the adage goes:

      "Someone who's not liberal before (the age of) 30 has no heart. Someone who's still liberal after 30 has no brain."

    7. Dixon Webb says:

      Socialistic schemes fail. Liberty and individual initiative have a far superior track record. Improving human life is a terrific motivator. Ron Paul has 90% of the answers. A 3rd party just won't work. The two party system is so entrenched that it will permit change but not a new political force. Republicans are on the right track again. To get the job done Republicans need to move toward Dr. Paul's position.

    8. mark , Houston says:

      Hey Ricky in Georgia , About your comment on voting : If the liberals in washington firmly believe that they , and only they know what's best for the American people and they firmly believe that they are smarter than everyone else in this country how long do you think it's going to be before the right to vote is taken away ? After all we are just a bunch of god fearing , gun toting rednecks .

    9. David A. White says:

      I get tired of hearing about liberals and conservatives. Greed and power is what the election is about, If the conversatives win then that is a win for big oil and the defense contractors. If the liberals win, i don't know who will benefit.

    10. Eddie Austin, Texas says:

      What has happened to the issue of securing our borders? Has it been swept under the rug because no candidate wants to hit it head on? This is a huge issue and needs addressing.

      Immigration…what about those here in this country illegally? Every single person that is in this country illegally needs to be deported to their country of origin. If they wish to be in the United States of America, they need to make the application, wait the time and pledge the oath! I am all for immigration if done legally – through the process that is specified.

    11. Chuck S, Derry NH says:

      I bet nothing would stop the democrats' demands

      regarding healthcare reform and education policy

      quicker than to mandate that they and their

      children be required to participate in these

      systems, with no exceptions. Not just them but all

      of Congress. The same goes for retirement plans.

      Look at what they have done for themselves in this area while letting market forces determine

      what happens to the rest of us.

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