The Drive-By Pundit @ American Thinker:
To better comprehend why Democrats will be holding wild who’s-your-daddy raves in Washington, D.C. while Republicans shed tears in their beers over the next few years, it’s useful to consider the key difference between the parties.
Democrats can never deliver the bevy of freebies they have promised in perpetuity to all their unwitting supporters. Try as they will, the federal gravy train will eventually derail. It’s inevitable. However, that unassailable fact doesn’t give Democrats the least bit of pause as they gleefully up the ante of giveaways election after election. If politics is ultimately about winning, then you have to give them credit for that.
It’s axiomatic — at least to me — that Republicans can easily build a winning majority by boldly espousing and adopting policies in line with the principles the party has always claimed to represent — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America has survived for more than 230 years because of those principles, but for some reason, Republicans consistently decline to loudly and proudly proclaim them come election time — and then, when it’s applicable, follow through on them once in power.
That’s why Barack Obama was re-elected despite the unprecedented economic headwinds he faced and why Mitt Romney was sent packing home to Massachusetts or wherever he lives (strange, but that was never made clear). Obama and his team fought passionately for their beliefs — unsustainable though they are. Romney and his boys went cutesy, foregoing a more advantageous ideological battle for one focused on banal niceties. Turns out nice guys really do finish last.
Our opponents on the left live in a world of political fantasy. Five million green jobs that can’t be exported overseas. Government can miraculously cure recessions by borrowing and taxing trillions out of the private sector and reinserting the money where it deems fit. Bureaucrats can create a vast number of new jobs by drastically increasing what employers have to pay workers.
Those of us on the right live in a world of economic reality: you cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. Cutting taxes and reducing government spending and regulation always boost the economy. Government isn’t the solution to our problems; government is the problem.