Sunday, February 8, 2009

Reducing Principle to Tactics

This morning on This Week Robert Reich accused Republicans of voting against the near $1 trillion stimulus/spending package for political self interest. Reich said he believes the economy is unlikely to be better in two years than it is today and accused Republicans of voting against it only to help themselves in the mid-term elections.

George Will responded elegantly:

You are reducing to tactics what is actually in this case a matter of principle and philosophy.
Politicians of all parties often cast their opponent's actions as "playing politics" but one can't effectively do that when those actions are in line with their stated beliefs.

A better case of Republicans "playing politics" would be the last 8 years of unprecedented spending which I think was an attempt by them to maintain power at the expense of their philosophy and our economy.

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