Sunday, July 29, 2012

Newt Gingrich's To Save America 11: Moderate, Small Government Democrats

I finished Newt Gingrich's To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine.  In this post, I'd like to highlight something that Newt says on page 316:

The Tea Party movement "is not a movement of any one party.  While the recent GOP victories are good for the movement, success will also require moderate, small-government Democrats to beat the secular-socialist machine's candidates in Democratic districts."

This quote stood out to me because it reminded me of a time when I was reading about Christian Coalition people who were making inroads into the Democratic Party.  The Democratic Party!  Sure, you'd expect for all of them to be Republicans, but that's not the case.  A few are Democrats.  My question is this: Is there a difference between your typical Christian Coalition person who is a Democrat, and your typical Christian Coalition person who is a Republican?

I'm curious as to what Newt means by "moderate, small-government Democrats".  There are Democrats who are deficit-hawks, such as Leon Panetta and (I think) the Democratic Leadership Council.  Bill Clinton governed as a deficit-hawk.  My impression (and I am open to correction) is that these types of Democrats are not adverse to raising taxes, for that's what supposedly keeps the deficit from spiraling out of control.  And the Tea Party doesn't care for raising taxes!

But then there are Democrats who (ideology-wise) are practically Republicans.  In Massachusetts, a left-leaning lady once told me that politicians in parts of Massachusetts could not be elected as Republicans, and so they ran as Democrats.  But they govern as Republicans in the sense that they cut programs for the needy.

I'm the sort of person who would like for the government to help people and to make a positive difference, but to do so in a fiscally-responsible way.  What I wonder is this: Do the deficit-hawk Democrats fit the bill?  Bill Clinton had his critics from the Left, and so there was a feeling that his deficit-hawk, end-of-big-government ways hurt the needy.  But did these critics from the Left have their own program for fiscal responsibility?  Maybe tax the rich and end foreign wars, but how politically feasible is that?

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