How to put the fear of God into the GOP

Ouch!

That check I just put in the mail to the IRS really hurt!

Unfortunately, if something isn’t done, and done soon, to roll back the size of our bloated government, that is the smallest check I’ll be writing to Uncle Sam in my lifetime.

Rolling back the government is easier said than done.  It’s a lot easier to take a bone away from a hungry dog.   For that matter, it’s a lot easier to take a chunk of meat away from an angry lion.  Many well-meaning politicians have tried only to discover that the folks on the receiving end of the government’s largess make those carnivores seem like pussy cats. 

A lot of good people are pinning all their hopes on Republicans taking back control of Congress in the fall election.   Even if that happens, it is unlikely they will make a lot of progress.

Let’s rewind to 1995 — the first year the GOP controlled both the House and the Senate after spending 40 years in the tall grass of the congressional wilderness.    Ah, so many dedicated fresh faces arrived in Washington, it was hard to tell the congressmen from the visitors.

An amazing thing happened that year.   The GOP actually passed some rescissions.  In other words, they took back some money that had been appropriated the previous year but hadn’t gone out the door.  That year, everyone was a fiscal conservative.   Then, the invincible force met the immovable object, President Clinton.

Our boy Bill, had presented a budget that had red ink as far as the eye could see and the Republicans put their collective foot down.   A good old-fashioned brawl ensued that lasted into the Thanksgiving holiday.  Clinton refused to budge and shut down the government, not once, but twice.  By then, we-the-people were busy decking the halls for Christmas and completely lost interest.

The battle over spending extended into the next year and the next budget.  In March, the Washington Post did a poll that showed that the public was completely unaware that there had even been a vote on a budget that would reach balance.

At that point, these fresh faces were so haggard, they simply threw up their hands and said, “What’s the use!”  It wasn’t long before they began spending like, well, Democrats.  In fact, before they lost control of Congress, they were outspending Democrats.

It is time to send a message to the GOP that will long be remembered and the best way to do it is to help J.D. Hayworth defeat John McCain in the Arizona Republican primary.  It will cause more shock waves in the GOP than Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts did in the Democrat Party.

Hayworth is a bonafide conservative.  McCain is, well, McCain.

It is nothing short of amazing that the 28-year Washington lawmaker, and 2008 Republican nominee for president has a serious challenger.  It’s  even more amazing that by March 16, in a Rassmussen poll, Hayworth pulled to within seven points of this political icon.

Hayworth is everything McCain is not: He is strong on illegal immigration. In fact, as a congressman, Hayworth helped lead the fight against the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill.  He opposes the McCain-Lieberman Cap and Trade Bill and rejects the McCain-Feingold legislation which curbed free speech and helped incumbents get reelected.  Hayworth helped write the Bush tax cuts and supported the Federal Marriage Amendment while McCain opposed both. Hayworth opposed the nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General, big bank bailouts and the death tax.   McCain voted for the former two and against the latter.

This battle is the political equivalent of David and Goliath.  Hayworth has managed to raise one million dollars in political donations.  To McCain that is chump change!  Nevertheless, McCain is running scared.  He called on Sarah Palin to campaign for him in Arizona and give him some cover with conservatives.  He is spending the big bucks on TV,  hiding behind heavy-hitting attack ads and refusing to debate Hayworth.

Meanwhile,  Hayworth has the support of most politically savvy conservatives, but with his checkbook, for the most part, must rely on radio.   Unfortunately, not everyone who supports Hayworth, in principle, does something tangible.

If you have ever thought about giving a political donation to a candidate that could change the direction of the country, now is the time to do it.   If just one million true-blue conservatives put their money where their mouth is and gave Hayworth $25 each, he would have $25 million.  Now that would help level this playing field.

The primary is August 24.  There is not a moment to lose!

5 thoughts on “How to put the fear of God into the GOP

  1. Well said, Jane!

    Two more topics to consider: VAT and the Nevada US Senate Race. We need some help in getting out John Chachas’ name. Of all the Republicans in the field (and there are many), John has the best chance of defeating Reid. So please help us get him through the primary. This is not a call for donations – this is a call to get his name out there on national TV!

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  2. … and let’s get the truth out there on this proposed Value Added Tax. This will not pay down the debt. This will only serve to give DC more money to spend. It will truly be “added” to our already very heavy tax burdens! While it may start with a low and seemingly harmless percentage, just look at where Europe is with their VAT … it will creep up on us until we are all working only to support government entitlements.

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  3. Dear Jane,

    What I find incredible is that this race is even that close – with Hayworth trailing. I would have imagined that Arizonans would be tired of John McCain by now and, with a credible challenger in the primary, given him the heave ho.

    I have only contributed to political campains a few times in my life, but this may be one of those times when it would be worth it.

    Sincerely,
    Antonio Germano

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  4. Jane,

    As always you wrote a very good column. It’s funny how John (reach across the aisle) McCain always gets more conservative in his re-election year battles. McCain and George W. Bush almost destroyed the Republican Party with it being on life support the day after the elections in November 2008. McCain went through Lincoln-type adversity during the years he spent as a POW, and I’ve never understood then why he doesn’t have more Lincoln-type insight now.

    Meanwhile, it will never happen in part because of protocol, but the Republican National Chairman or the Republican nominee for president in 2012, shouldn’t even invite George W. Bush to attend the Republican convention in 2012.

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  5. I agree with one thing: “This is nothing more than a cheap political stunt!” Government on both sides of this issue in AZ are trying to get votes…its obvious! The question is this…How do we get our politicians to quit being political and take care of issues that affect US!

    I am tired of hearing those that support the bill “the law is the law”…this bill violates our Civil Rights!! Yes we have a HUGE immigration problem…something must be done….this bill is NOT the way to go!!

    I hope God gives us the insight to stop blaming eachother for WHY its broken and DO something positive about it…

    I am a Mexican US Citizen…born and raised in AZ. I don’t mind showing my drivers license if I get pulled over…my concern is what happens when a racist pig (many out there) decides that he doesn’t believe my ID is valid and arrests me? Now I have to PROVE that I am a citizen….I live alone, my “documents” i.e. birth certificate, etc are at HOME! How am I going to prove that I am a citizen? I will have to ask someone to come get my key, go dig in my personal files to get said documents! Do I not have rights? I beleive this would be a violation of my civil rights – 14th amendment….Or am I being like my dumb and dumber amigos? I work in a law firm and have heard from MANY legal clients that the police have harrased them and violated their rights and this bill isnt’ law yet! What is going to happen when a Latino (US Citizen) is targeted because the cops and Sherrif have a new “tool” to use to “get them illegals”…

    I’m all for laws and putting into place a good foundation for immigration reform, but SB1070 is WRONG for ALL citizens!!

    God Bless America and God Bless YOU all!

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