Let's be honest, the whole stimulus debate is growing old from my standpoint. All we hear is that Obama is a post-partisan leader and Republicans are duty bound to help him pass his "stimulus package."
But what exactly are the Republicans getting from the Democrats? Are we getting a leaner more efficient government? Are we really auditing all the social programs of the country to see that they don't work? I think the answer is apparent. All we are getting is the satisfaction of compromising everyone of our principles, so the president can share blame with Republicans.
Bi-partisanship would mean that real conservatives would have to support the initiative. Bi-partisanship would be major reform in Social Security and Medicare to make them more sustainable into the future. Bi-partisanship would mean a real tax reform proposal, to de-link social engineering from the business of funding the government.
I don't see this, so we should go on the offensive against the stimulus plan. Have the president get all the Blue-Dogs on board. That will cause major pain and heartache for them. Republicans are being told to cave in by some of the following: David Gergen, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Wolf Blitzer, David Gregory, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, et. al.. Republicans are being told to stand on principle by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and those of us here at RedState. Who has the real best interest of conservatism at heart?
Republican legislators need to stand up and fight now. They need to make real good government demands, and fight like we did in 1993. The Democrats are still feckless, we should shine the light on them and make them more so.