Saturday, October 06, 2007

GOP Candidates Blast Spending

Looks like the Party is waking up. From MyWay News:

Republican presidential contenders on Friday scolded Congress for extravagant spending of tax dollars, and Rudy Giuliani blamed the issue for GOP losses in last year's elections.

"We lost control of Congress because we were just like the Democrats as far as spending is concerned - shame on us," Giuliani told the anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity.

Mitt Romney said: "It's time for Republicans to act like Republicans" and he promised to veto any spending increase that is more than the inflation rate minus one percentage point.

Fred Thompson made a joke of lawmakers' free-spending ways, saying that as a senator from Tennessee, he once "accidentally spent some of my own money."

That and immigration is what turned the Party faithful against us in 2006, with Iraq coming in as a distant third reason. The group we have in there now seems more interested in "business as usual", but its still a while to go before next year. With all the retirements pending on the Republican side, maybe this is an opportunity for new conservative blood in Congress. How about some "Blue Dog Republicans", with some famous bloggers getting in the fray and taking back Washington from the so-called "Compassionate Conservatives"? My vote goes to Glenn Reynolds for Speaker of the House!