by Paul Jacob
The election is over, thank goodness. Maybe I can stop living in the airport for a little while. At least I can report victories on a number of the ballot initiatives I favored, for example making it harder for governments to grab private property.
Congressional Republicans, though, lost big time, as we all know. What lessons can we draw from the thumping they got on November 7?
Well, there are many, and pundits are in overdrive right now explaining all the red-state and blue-state and purple and pink permutations.
The biggest issue was the war in Iraq. But, beyond that and all the scandals, voters were often being offered no choice at all when it came to issues of domestic spending and other big-government excesses.
The Club for Growth did a poll just before the election that confirms this conclusion. As summarized by its President, former Congressman Pat Toomey: "Voters used to think that Republicans meant what they said when it came to limited government. They don't any more."
Club for Growth surveyed 800 likely voters in 15 competitive districts with Republican incumbents. When asked which party is doing a better job "eliminating wasteful spending," the Democrats led 39 percent to 25 percent. “Which party is ‘the party of big government?’ The Republicans, by an 11 point margin,” Toomey moans.
Someone once told me that the longer any of these politicians remain in power, the more likely they are to play politics as usual. Now, who was that?
Paul Jacob's "Common Sense" is published by Americans for Limited Government. Their website can be visited at www.limitedgov.org.