This story presents the GOP spin on why the Republican hopefuls to replace spend and borrow George W. Bush are flying to California:
The Reagan library was a fitting setting. Most, if not all, of the Republican candidates have embraced Reagan’s legacy and called for their party to return to the small-government, low-tax, strong-military ideals he espoused.
Reagan’s legacy? Is that the one where pseudo-conservatives are allowed to lie to the public about fiscal policy promising to them that money grows on trees? President Reagan did not lower Federal spending as a share of GDP. So this small government claim is false. Yes, he did pretend to lower taxes during his Spend&Spend and Borrow&Borrow Administration, but the rising Federal debt during the 1980’s was really deferred taxation. As I listen to Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney – none of them have the courage to say where they would significantly scale back government spending or where they would raise taxes. But hey – our Republican governor in California wants to pretend he can spend like FDR and tax like Reagan. Excuse me if I can skip this worthless debate even if it is in my backyard. After all – I have to endure the fiscal fibs of ARNOLD.
Update: Tom Bevan shares his thoughts, which include poll results with respect to the following:
The polling firm Strategic Vision recently began asking Republicans in six states whether they believe George W. Bush is “a conservative in the mode of Ronald Reagan.”
As Tom documents – “The results were surprisingly consistent and overwhelmingly negative”. On fiscal policy – President Reagan flunked this test as well. But you can’t tell many conservatives that today.