Don’t They Run This Story Every Year?

Doug Gross at the AP is running the annual no room for conservatives at the statehouse story. Didn’t we get this same story in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006?

You know how it goes — conservatives may have gotten the GOP elected, but the GOP is going to stick it to them and not pursue conservative agenda items other than school reform, tax form, bureaucratic reforms, election reforms, and other conservative items that aren’t to be considered conservative for purposes of this article because they aren’t at the top of the agenda for the Christian Coalition.

Basically, as in prior years, the article comes down to the legislature not pursuing abortion issues so therefore they aren’t pursuing a conservative agenda. No, they’ll be pursuing a more libertarian agenda, i. e. fiscally conservative issues, just not socially conservative issues.


  1. Bull Moose says:

    I think that the less is more motto is very misleading and gives the wrong impression to the state’s citizens.

    With huge issues like healthcare, education, taxes, etc… you really can’t say less is more.

    What we need is continued fundamental reform of how a government is to deliver services to its citizens in a professional, timely, and cost effective manner.

    Now is the time for big ideas of reform and change.

  2. hankreardan says:

    I still think we need to be talking weather or not they need to be delivering services at all. If the private sector can do it than they should.

  3. liberty21 says:

    You guys call a Christian Coalition agenda major reform. The GOP is at its best when it is in the middle. I hope the GOP would move more into the middle, instead of Social Conservative or Libertarian.

  4. Adam Fogle says:

    I’ll agree that Gross incorrectly lumped all conservative legislation into one basket, without regard to social, fiscal and foreign policy distinctions.

    But I do think that this might finally be the year, at least nationally, that social conservatives are slowly shown to the door.

    If the GOP hopes to make a comeback, this move would be a great start.

  5. Harry says:

    What’s your problem with social conservatives? We merely believe in traditional morality and family values. We believe the government has a limited role in influence, but a role nonetheless.

  6. rugby_fan says:


    The problem with social conservatives is that they want the government to have an alarmingly LARGE influence in people’s lives.

    Nothing about social conservatism is small government.

  7. rugby_fan says:

    Gay marriage bans make the government so large that individuals are no longer allowed to make choices about how they desire to live their lives.

    Want more?

  8. Harry says:

    That has nothing to do with the size of government. Mandating homosexual marriages would be an example of government meddling in the support of the child-producing and child-raising, which is the role of family units; and would require employee benefits be extended to homosexual couples.

    Such efforts at political correctness invariably involve more, not less, government – in the form of anti-family mandates and regulations.

    The purpose of marriage is families, not hedonism. One role of government has always been to enhance the development of future generations.

  9. Harry says:

    Here’s another thought: .I recall the homosexual interests were trying to use the power of government to force a private golf club to accept their partners as full-fledged members.

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