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Thursday, May 11, 2006
 
Today's Recommended Reading: Peggy Noonan
by Bonjo
Peggy Noonan's editorial in today's Wall Street Journal should be required reading for anyone (Republican or Democrat) who is concerned about the upcoming elections, and the future of government in America.

It's hard to pick an appropriate snippet to give you the flavor of the article. I'll do my best. Noonan issues a strong warning to Republicans about paying attention to the "base". Republicans, both elected and campaigning, would be wise to listen.

The Republicans talk about cutting spending, but they increase it--a lot. They stand for making government smaller, but they keep making it bigger. They say they're concerned about our borders, but they're not securing them. And they seem to think we're slobs for worrying. Republicans used to be sober and tough about foreign policy, but now they're sort of romantic and full of emotionalism. They talk about cutting taxes, and they have, but the cuts are provisional, temporary. Beyond that, there's something creepy about increasing spending so much and not paying the price right away but instead rolling it over and on to our kids, and their kids.
Amen to that. Read the entire thing.

I now return to my adventures in capitalism.
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