Another good one from Tim Carney. He is absolutely on point with this piece. The GOP should get real about small government or it may find itself completely irrelevant in the relatively near future. Voters are done financing this sort of thing, at least formerly GOP voters are.
(From The Washington Examiner)
Both parties can play their traditional role, with Democrats demanding tax hikes and defense cuts while Republicans demand tax cuts and domestic-spending cuts. Alternatively, Republicans could try something different: Demand cuts in corporate welfare, insist any tax hikes start with loophole-closing and concentrate tax cuts on the middle class.
If Republicans set free-market populist goals in the budget conference, they will be on the right side of both policy and politics — with the added benefit of forcing President Obama to reveal himself as a corporatist.
Corporate welfare should be the first spending on the chopping block. Corporate welfare costs taxpayers nearly $100 billion a year, according to a study by the Cato Institute.