The Two-Party One-Party State

SteynOnline.com By Mark Steyn – author of international bestseller After America: On The Hugh Hewitt Show this week, I said that the Republican Party is “simply not good enough“:

MS: Today happens to be Budget Day in Canada. I know you always lose at least 47 affiliates every time I mention Canada, but I will mention it.

HH: I hear people hanging up all over the country. Yes, go ahead.

MS: Well, that’s, Jim Flaherty, the Canadian Finance Minister, presented the federal budget in the House of Commons today. They will have – they had a budget deficit all of $18 billion dollars last year. That’s a rounding error in just one federal program down here. This year, they will have a surplus of $6 billion dollars. And New Zealand’s paying off its national debt. This is the only country among the English-speaking powers around the world, this is the only country where both parties are committed to institutionalized fiscal debauchery until the end of time.

Let’s just stick with the federal debt, the official figure for which Washington is formally responsible: In Australia, each citizen’s share of the debt is $12,000; in New Zealand, it’s $15,000 per person; in Canada, $18,000; in the United Kingdom, $28,000. And in the United States it’s $54,000 per person — twice as much as Britain, thrice as much as Canada, closing in on five times as much as Australia. And that’s before you toss in all the other junk which leaves a total debt burden in the US of close to three-quarters of a million dollars per family. America is on course to be the first nation of negative millionaires.

So, while Canada’s got a balanced budget and New Zealand’s paying down its national debt and Australia’s government debt is about 11 per cent of GDP (versus 100 per cent of GDP in the United States), Americans are supposed to be encouraged because, in a spirit of comity, the bipartisan kleptocracy in Washington has nodded through a plan to make things worse. Former Congressman turned Club for Growth honcho Chris Chocola:

Which brings us to the Ryan–Murray budget, a partial repeal of the sequester. The agreement was a function of the fact that many Republicans in the House simply never wanted to cut spending or limit the size of government.

I served with and respect Paul Ryan. I know the Ryan–Murray budget is not his ideal budget. But that doesn’t make the deal any less of a joke. An analysis by the Senate Budget Committee Republicans noted that 56 percent of the offsets for the reversal of the sequester come in FY 2022 and FY 2023 — a decade from now.

Speaker Boehner called that “deficit reduction.” I call that a fraud and everyone with any common sense would agree with me. What kind of message does it send to voters when Republican leadership is claiming that you can offset increases in spending today with cuts in spending a decade from now?

It sends the message that the GOP is a joke. Canada, Australia and New Zealand are doing it now, not legislating fairyland cuts that kick in eight years after the legislators’ terms of office end. Granted, all those countries have conservative governments, which the US is in no danger of getting any time soon. But here’s why the Republican Party really isn’t good enough: it’s not just that the GOP is less fiscally conservative – by which I mean fiscally responsible – than other conservative parties, it’s less fiscally conservative than many left-wing governments. The Liberal Party of Canada spent the “fat” years of the Nineties paying off the national debt, prompting my old comrade Kate O’Beirne to joke, “If only we could get American conservatives to be as fiscally responsible as Canadian liberals” – a jest one could also extend to the Australian Labor Party, which, while certainly profligate in Aussie terms, was a paragon of rectitude compared to Boehner and the gang.

Kate’s is a cute joke. Except, of course, that the joke’s on us. As Chris Chocola concludes:

So the Republican leadership says the Club for Growth has been “misleading their followers” and has “lost credibility”? That’s a bit ironic, coming from a big-spending, debt-increasing, farm-subsidy enabling, entitlement-expanding party leadership that has abandoned its principles . . . all in the name of retaining their own power. And to what end?

When a Congressman talks about reducing spending in 2024, 2027, 2030, laugh in his face, and tell him that, when Representatives are elected for 20-year terms, then we’ll listen to his plans for 2034. The bipartisan consensus to ramp up those debt per capita figures is not just an abstraction, but a massive gamble on the future – the future of the dollar as the global currency, the future of your children, and the future of America as a First World nation.

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