Since When did Republicans (Excluding Ron Paul) Start Caring About the National Debt?
It seems to be the new line: "we don't wanna do it, it costs too much". Great, now explain why, only a decade earlier the party voted to cut taxes massively for rich individuals who really didn't need the money. Now Warren Buffett pays the same tax rate as a manual laborer. This is also the party that started our national debt ballooning out in the Reagan era. Most of these people are the same people that were in there in the Bush era and most were in office when they signed the first bailout into law.
So where did all this fiscal conservatism come from? My impression is that it is merely a political tool to gain an argument against the Democrats and that neither party really gives a flying duck :-) as to what happens to the national debt as long as the nasty effects don't hit while they are in office.
As I see it the Democrats are the party of tax-'n-spend while the Republicans are the party of borrow-'n-spend (while chopping taxes).
If there was someone in office, other than Paul, who gave a darn about actually having a small government I might feel differently but when all these fiscal conservatives start popping out of the woodwork after a decade or two on capitol hill I really can't think they actually belive the rhetoric they are spouting.
That's my rant for the day.