We Hate Big Government, Except When We Don’t
Memo to the conservatives who suddenly discovered that they were in favor of limited government when George Bush left office: if you want people to believe that your conversion is real, it would probably help if you don’t whine and complain about Big Government Obama (see also: Ed Driscoll, AJ Strata) when he actually proposes a cut to a program that you just so happen to like. Either you’re for limited government, or your not. You don’t get to pick and choose the areas where you think limited government is good and bad and still claim to be an advocate for limited government on the whole.
Say what you will about the various proposals for health care reform, at least they have a goal in mind that is intended to help people in the here and now that are, in fact, hurting. But what, exactly, is a mission to the moon supposed to accomplish in the here and now that makes it so necessary to keep in the federal budget at a time when we’re running unprecedented budget deficits?
Either you’re for limited government, or you’re against it. Being for it only when the Democrats try to create a program you don’t like, and against it whenever they cut a program that you do like….well, it kinda sends a mixed message. It also has a tendency to result in y’all not caring too much about fiscal restraint when you actually do return to power, one day. And, one day, you can rest assured, you will in fact return to power, probably even one day soon. It would be rather helpful to the cause of limited government if, when you return to power, you didn’t seem to care more about expanding the programs that you do like than about cutting the programs that you don’t. It kinda makes it a bit more difficult to fight the Democrats when they’re in power on limited government grounds when you insist on fighting for the expansion of government when we’re talking about your pet projects. And right now: YOU’RE NOT HELPING!