Good piece today from Newsweek's Robert Samuelson, via Real Clear Politics:
Everyone favors benefits and opposes burdens (taxes). Republicans want to cut taxes without cutting spending. Democrats want to increase spending without increasing taxes, except on the rich. The differences between the parties are shades of gray. Hardly anyone asks the hard questions of who doesn't need benefits, which programs are expendable and what taxes might cover remaining deficits.
A major discussion must take place on the role of government. It is the conservative's job to take reigns of this argument. Ronald Reagan won two landslides by maintaining that government was not the solution to our problems, but the cause. Imagine a Reagan-like President, plus a Congress of like-minded folk. You could begin to undo what has been done to us.
Amen to that.