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  •  As Bill Kristol explained to Republicans in 1993 (10+ / 0-)

    The sum of all GOP fears

       Passage of the…health care plan, in any form, would guarantee and likely make permanent…the largest federal entitlement program since Social Security. Its success would signal a rebirth of centralized welfare-state policy at the very moment we have begun rolling back that idea in other areas.

        But the…proposal is also a serious political threat to the Republican Party…It will revive the reputation of the party that spends and regulates, the Democrats, as the generous protector of middle-class interests. And it will at the same time strike a punishing blow against Republican claims to defend the middle class by restraining government.

    What they don't want you to know is that the old Democratic mantra was
    Tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect.
    In accordance with the teaching of that Socialist Edmund Burke. Wait, what?
    Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy. Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but selection. Parsimony requires no providence, no sagacity, no powers of combination, no comparison, no judgment.
    Recognize anybody?

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 11:32:31 AM PDT

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