"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth."
-'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
For the sake of all things conservative, surely House Majority Leader Tom Delay speaks in jest, for any reasonable conservative would not iterate something that is so diametrically opposed to one of the movement's most fundamental tents. Limited government and the ancillary, lowered government spending, is one of the key promulgations of the modern conservative movement. Is this not a crass, and somewhat frightening statement from a key Republican?
"'My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring me the offsets, I'll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come up with any yet,' the Texas Republican told reporters at his weekly briefing."
This statement, here, is why your humble pundit has not (completely) lost heart. Would it not be a clever ploy to bring 'statist' and liberals from their hiding? Majority Leader Delay has postured himself in quite a strong, defensible position when analyzed from the proper perspective. From his position, he is inviting criticism on such a robust statement for both sides of the aisle have been harping on how much spending and waste the last few terms has yielded. Tis true that this is quite a dangerous game, but he stated he will gladly hear where the government needs to trim it's fat. On the converse, if the state of our budget is as he says it is, then the Republicans have done a noble deed for this nation. In such, Republicans have done a noble work in a very small amount of time.
"Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good."
While those of us on the right side of the aisle know that the latter is not the case, it will be entertaining to observe the writhing and antics of those on the left as they wrestle with this grand 'strategery' of House Majority Leader Delay. Let us hope and trust that this will shine a bright light on the radical, out-of-control spending of our leaders, left or right. Unfortunately, our government emanates the theme of a quote from former President Reagan,
"It's not fair to say that Congress spends money like a drunk sailor. At least the sailor is spending his own money!"