Where We Went Wrong – washingtonpost.com

Now, even though I’m from Texas – I’m no Dick Armey fan. However, he had some great things to say today:

How did we go from the big ideas and vision of 1994 to the cheap political point-scoring on meaningless wedge issues of today — from passing welfare reform and limited government to banning horsemeat and same-sex marriage?

The answer is simple: Republican lawmakers forgot the party’s principles, became enamored with power and position, and began putting politics over policy. Now, the Democrats are reaping the rewards of our neglect — and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Now spending is out of control. Rather than rolling back government, we have a new $1.2 trillion Medicare prescription drug benefit, and non-defense discretionary spending is growing twice as fast as it had in the Clinton administration. Meanwhile, Social Security is collapsing while rogue nations are going nuclear and the Middle East is more combustible than ever. Yet Republican lawmakers have taken up such issues as flag burning, Terri Schiavo and same-sex marriage.

They’re fooling only themselves.

Where We Went Wrong

3 thoughts on “Where We Went Wrong

  • its a good article and worth the read

    dick armey has suspect credibility, though

    he once had a discussion with chris matthews on hardball in which armey said that the palestinians in the occupied territories should be transferred to other arab lands as the west bank and gaza are for jews only

    after a comment like that, it is hard for me to take any comment from armey seriously when he advocated the further displacement of the currently displaced palestinians

    this comment from a former house speaker is despicable, deplorable, reprehensible, and unforgivable

  • Man, I saw that coming from a mile away.

    Either way, keeping in mind that he is an evil Israel apologist, since he’s talking on a COMPLETELY different issue, namely an idea that he helped implement (Contract with America) that he has seen tossed by the wayside like so much trash, I think his arguments are valid.

    Some make an effort to disparage that document, because it illustrated the pinnacle of conservative (and I would argue “progressive” given the circumstances) thinking in the House…but if you believe those conservative principles, then I think his comments make a lot of sense.

    In case some of you haven’t looked at the “Contract” lately, here it is:

    Contract with America

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