Spending Too Much

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, November 28, 2005

Spending Too Much

November 28, 2005

You may have heard the fanfare Republicans gave us a couple of weeks ago about their supposed $50 billion cut in the budget. They supposedly cut out the bridge to nowhere in Alaska, trumpeted by Republican Senator Ted Stevens. But they left the money for Alaska in the budget and that means when he thinks no one is paying attention, the bridge will be built.

Arizona Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, notes a $234,000 earmark for the National Wild Turkey Federation. Said Flake, “I think rather than pardoning the turkey (at Thanksgiving), President Bush should have pardoned the American taxpayer,” vetoing the bill containing this turkey of an earmark.” How right he is!

Former Reagan aid Lyn Nofziger told the Washington Times that Republicans may have been in power too long in Washington. “anytime you put any political party in power for too long, it becomes corrupt. It forgets why it came here.” Nofziger says “conservative” has become a word that means whatever one wants it to mean and no longer stands for smaller government and maximum freedom. He is right, but what is the alternative?  

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.