Skip to comments.Cantor to GOP Ranks: Government Can Be Good, Too
Posted on 02/04/2013 12:06:13 PM PST by Olog-hai
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor apparently wants his Republican colleagues to pursue a government can be good approach to their politics rather than focusing so much on the size and voracious spending appetite of Washington.
Citing an unidentified congressional aide as its source, the (Wall Street) Journal said Cantor plans to touch on a host of existing policies and initiatives, from school choice to tax reform, to show how families nationwide would benefit more from Republican ideas rather than those offered by Democrats.
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We are really a 1-party country, huh, Cantor?
Mensheviks. The weaker, paler, shorter lived comrades.
More reason to contintue telling the Republicans to kiss my arse.
Bring on a true conservative party.
“Can be good...” is too general.
Could you be more specific, Cantor? The fact is that pretty much all of you are in government because you cannot do anything else capable of providing you with a livable salary...and you have retaliated by making sure that this is true for a lot of other folks who are much better than you are.
You are a RINO, and as such, should join the dim bulb crats in shoving it up your smelly Obama.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor apparently wants his Republican colleagues to pursue a government can be good approach to their politics
WHY?... the boy is “peeking” out of the closet..
I don’t go so far as to say it’s a necessary evil, though I do love that phrase. But government good? Not usually.
By the way, the programs mentioned in the excerpt, school choice and tax reform, depending upon what he means by the latter, are not examples of good government. They are less government. They are the absence of government where it used to be before.
No, not really, Rep. Cantor. Even if I allowed for the possibility of government to be “good”, the risks are simply too great to allow it, as history has repeatedly shown.
It sort of misses the point, IMHO. I think a majority probably recognizes that government is at best a necessary evil, but where I think he does have a point is that the endless harping on the need to cut government doesn’t really resonate that well. I wish they would just stick with cutting taxes as the unifying agenda, and let the Democrats sweat the need to balance the overall budget a little more.
Cantor voted against the deal with Obama last month but it looks like more political trickery.
By the way, Rubio cast a NO vote as well.
His political snake dancing as well.
OVER 90 PERCENT OF THE REPUBLICANS WE ELECT ARE PHONY BALONEY BUSINESS AS USUAL POLITICIANS.
A total housecleaning is needed next year starting with GOP primary challenges in over 90 percent of the offices we elect plus third party candidates ready to run if the RINO wins the primary.
WE CAN NEVER VOTE AGAIN FOR A BUSINESS AS USUAL RINO POLITICIAN.
Their views are in line with Paine's words, "A necessary evil."
Fire can be good too, IF it is confined to the stove, Right now the HOUSE is on fire and we have fools telling us we should sit on the lawn and enjoy the warmth....
Cantor has his good moments, but he’s almost as bad as Boehner. Our principles tell us that we need a strong, limited government that serves a narrow set of purposes...and no more than those items. None of our leadership can speak to those principles from the heart...and that’s why we squandered 2012.
Eric turned to the dark side the minute he reached Washington.
A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master.
After reading your post, I feel like having a cheeseburger and margarita...
Our government is good when it secures the borders, kills savages who plot mass destruction, and imprisons criminals and crazies who refuse to respect the lives and property rights of others. Other than that: I don’t want any, thanks.
The only way government can be good is to get out of the way and be invisible until we need resources for defense against invaders.
Government will be “good” when man is good. The Founders knew better and carefully crafted a brilliant division of power to the end that government would be limited to a size where it could be carefully watched.
Cantor is just voicing his “Inner Libtard”.
It is getting to the point that I think voting for craziest most incompetent Democrats (Cynthia McKinney type) is the best way to bring this all to a head and get on with the collapse.
I think the Republicans should push the concept that government should be receptive, responsible, and humble and not preach to the citizens who give it life, that as elected officials they are the employees of the citizenry, and that they have the responsibility to be careful and thoughtful caretakers.
It's much easier to make arguments for fiscal responsibility when you are doing it from the perspective of the thoughtful caretakers trying to prevent devaluation of the savings of grandma and grandpa. The GOP has been really horrible with PR.
That’s what the GOP is become officially.
They know where the power is going to lie in a MarxoFascist State - and they want to be sure to be able to share in it.
Is this a joke?
The GI Bill and the interstate highway system number among the finest of government achievements.
He's a little faster than the others, but not much. At least he's a Republican. Now, to turn him into a Conservative we probably need to redistrict him so he finds out there's no 10% of a moderate undecided middle who are going to hep' him out in a 'lection!
That Constitution was intended limit the government and leave the people free to the pursuit of their own happiness. In that sense, the Framers believe, self-government to be a "good" concept.
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." - George Washington
That's why America's Founders placed the "chains of the Constitution" (Jefferson) upon the three branches of government.
By the Founders' formula, "the People's" written Constitution was the anchor of our liberties, binding government to the "People's" limitations on its power.
The current philosophy of so-called "progressives," in effect, undoes all the monumental work accomplished by the Founders on behalf of liberty and leaves the law afloat and without anchor, relying, as of old, on mere men and women.
From Page xv of "Our Ageless Constitution," allow me to include here excerpted words from President Andrew Jackson's Proclamation of December 10, 1832:
"We have received it [the Constitution] as the work of the assembled wisdom of the nation. We have trusted to it as to the sheet anchor of our safety in the stormy times of conflict with a foreign or domestic foe. We have looked to it with sacred awe as the palladium of our liberties, and with all the solemnities of religion have pledged to each other our lives and fortunes here and our hopes of happiness hereafter in its defense and support. Were we mistaken, my countrymen, in attaching this importance to the Constitution . . .? No. We were not mistaken. The letter of this great instrument is free from this radical fault. . . . No, we did not err! . . . The sages . . . have given us a practical and, as they hoped, a permanent* Constitutional compact. . . . The Constitution is still the object of our reverence, the bond of our Union, our defense in danger, the source of our prosperity in peace: it shall descend, as we have received it, uncorrupted by sophistical construction, to our posterity. . . ."
*Underlining added for emphasis
And, it was Thomas Jefferson who used another metaphor with reference to the Constitution when he indicated that "the People" must "bind them (government) by the chains of the Constitution." In another instance, he declared: "It was intended to lace them up straitly within the enumerated powers. . . ."
Sure it can but only if it’s about 5% the size it is now.
That’s a good comment
Send that one to Cantor!
Apparently, Mr. Cantor is thinking of all his own salary and benefits in saying that government “can be good”. He, like his colleagues, has too much vested in big government ever to shrink it.
Sometimes, I get to thinking Cantor’s acceptable... then he blurts out crap like this.
Actually, government can be good... when it stays within its Constitutional functions.
However, I don’t think that’s what Eric has in mind.
Amen to that. The GOP has lost its way completely.
This leaves no doubt, if any remained, that Cantor is NOT a conservative. A conservative would know that President Reagan said “government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem”. Someone grounded in that philosophy could never make the comment Cantor made.
How in the world can he think that this is the strategy? What should be the strategy is to fan the flames against a govt that is out of control. Poll after poll shows a plurality of average Americans believes govt spending is out of control. This is a strategy to fail. Cantor is being an idiot on this.
This is like a Dr. tell a diabetic “Sugar can be good too”. If not having enough sugar or govt was the problem then maybe it would make sense. That isn’t the case. I’ve met Eric and he’s just wrong on this. This is a recipe to fail. Why is it the GOP types like Cantor always get the wrong message from election failures? The only great successes the GOP have had is when they had a believable clarity on the role of government and ran against its largess and over reach like in 1994 and 2010. Why they would think running soft on the anti spending message would be a winner is beyond me. They aren’t going to out big govt Democrats. There is nothing they can offer that will ever be so big that the left can not top on spending.
Maybe I should send Eric a letter on the matter ~ he didn’t do it (lost the election), they did ~ the Democrats got out more voters!
Water can be good too, but I didn’t hear the people of New Jersey asking for more water as Sandy’s tidal surge came ashore. Government can be good, as he says, but only when it is less than half the size of the current federal behemoth.