RALEIGH – Much in politics depends on who’s in power and who is not. It plays a big part in determining which issues and grievances one side pushes, and which ones they quietly accept despite the obvious incongruity with stated principles.
Note how the rightful fervor of Republican congressmen and women in response to big spending, alarming budget deficits, and the ballooning national national debt under Democratic President Barack Obama has all but disappeared under a Republican President Trump amid even more spending, massive deficits, and an the continued build in national debt.
It seems that same affliction has beset the Republican lawmakers in the N.C. General Assembly, as highlighted so succinctly by Brant Clifton of the Daily Haymaker:
“It wasn’t long ago that General Assembly Republicans were boasting about spending MORE than the Democrats. Now, we have the House Republican Caucus political operation attacking a Democrat challenger for wanting to offset spending increases with spending cuts:
Wait, isn’t cutting spending in some places in order to prioritize spending in others, balancing budgets, a standard practice in fiscal conservatism?
“The real “Yikes” here is that a Democrat challenger is running to the right of an incumbent Republican legislator (and apparently the House GOP caucus).
Are we expected to believe that there is NOTHING in state government that can be cut? How about a good chunk of the stuff on THIS PAGE?”
This is what happens when political teams are more focused on defending their turf than defending principles. Cutting spending should have been right behind cutting taxes on the NCGOP’s ‘To-Do-List’ upon winning legislative majorities. Instead, the fiscal footprint has continued to grow and the same old Big Government programs continue to get funded with taxpayers’ hard-earned money.
Those conservative members of the General Assembly that actually demonstrated the gumption to stand up for conservative principles these last few years have been ostracized and told to sit down and shut up by leadership that doesn’t like to ruffle any feathers.
If Republican majorities are not going to ruffle the feathers of big spending politicians, who will?
Read more from the Haymaker here.