By Adam Bitely
It seems like every presidential election cycle people get excited to
nominate candidate that will roll back the expansion of government
under the previous administration. For months, speculation of who the
candidate will be that will stop the growth of government runs wild.
But, as is always the case, reality sets in and those who thought they
could stop the growth of government with a miracle candidate are left
with choosing between the lesser of two evils.
2012 appears to be no different.
As it stands today, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are generating the
most buzz for Republicans. With the GOP establishment lining up behind
Romney and the social conservatives lining up behind Santorum, the
media is focusing on these two candidates with Newt Gingrich and Ron
Paul fighting to get in the mix.
People concerned about the out of control spending in Washington
should be concerned about Romney or Santorum being the alternative to
Santorum’s record on spending leaves much more to be desired. He
voted multiple times to raise the debt ceiling, supported the largest
entitlement expansion since the Great Society programs started in the
1960’s and supported increased spending throughout the federal
government especially to the Department of Education. He was known as a
“yes-man” for the Republican form of Big Government spending during the
Bush administration. Now he is campaigning as a small government
conservative, even though his record is that of a Washington big
Romney is no better. A supporter of the Bush bailouts of Wall Street,
Obama’s auto bailouts and the author of the blueprint for ObamaCare,
Romney should give any person who wants to stop Washington’s spending
addiction pause. Romney has famously flip-flopped back and forth on
various positions causing many voters to question how he will act in
office. As a candidate for President though, Romney is suddenly
“severely conservative” — whatever that means.
Both Romney and Santorum have records that show that if elected, the
spending machine in Washington will keep running just as it always has.
These are two people, who like most politicians, will maintain the
This cycle of politics and politicians as usual seems never ending.
But that is how the system has worked for hundreds of years. The voters
that decide elections are never the base of a party, rather, the
decisive voters are in the middle and force the candidates on each side
to cater to them in the run up to November. This leads to the party
nominees moving to their true spot in the middle and saying whatever it
takes to get the votes of the political middle. That is why the U.S.
system rarely sees politicians elected that are way out on the wings
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