Not long ago, the Grand Old Party was know as the party of small—or at least, smaller—government. Notable Republicans worked, by and large, to reduce State spending and to corral expanding central government. Today’s Republican Party, in word, advocates much of the same.
The national GOP statement of belief says:
Small government is a better government for the people
The Republican Party, like our nation’s founders, believes that government must be limited so that it never becomes powerful enough to infringe on the rights of individuals.
You know what to do with your money better than government
The Republican Party supports low taxes because individuals know best how to make their own economic and charitable choices.
The Republican Party of Virginia’s creed advocates clearly for fiscal moderation:
We believe that fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government.
Those are admirable goals, in principle, under which Republicans coalesce and upon which America has built her greatness. But history’s harsh economic lessons and the Founders’ stern admonitions against over taxation seem lost on the College Republican Federation of Virginia (CRFV)—who appear to favor greater, not lesser redistribution of wealth in America.
In a June 23, 2012 press release signed by CRFV chairman, Michael Cogar, the Federation argues passionately for policies that will increase confiscation of taxpayer dollars in order to fund higher education:
While education in Virginia saw a boost in funding while George Allen was Governor, a 2010 report by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia shows that from budget years 2006 and 2007 to budget years 2010 and 2011, funding for each full-time in-state student in the Commonwealth fell from $8,709 to $6,500- a 25.4 percent drop. In the same period, state funding for community colleges fell by 36 percent.
As they go to the ballot box this November, Virginia’s students should bear in mind which of the two former governors running for US Senate stood by them, and which one left them out to dry.
In other words, the College Republican Federation of Virginia is saying: “Vote for our guy, he’ll give you (college students) more of other people’s money than the other guy will.” Incidentally, Cogar does not mention the source of the increased funding (i.e. Virginia taxpayers) that will be used to further underwrite his cohorts’ education costs.
N.B. Michael Cogar and the free-spending Virginia College Republicans: Study hard, and some day you may learn that money does not grow on trees, is not found in troughs, and does not come in pots. That every cent you take through the force of government is the product of another person’s labor and will in some way diminish the liberty of both “donor” and recipient.
Does the pro-collectivist CRFV position accurately represent the political inclinations of college-aged Virginia Republicans? If so, the elephant of liberty is so tarnished, its vision so clouded, its message so muddled that in many ways it has become nearly indistinguishable from the jackass of Socialism—the modern-day Democrat Party.
About the Author: Rob Schilling is founder of The Schilling Show Blog and News; host of WINA's The Schilling Show, heard weekdays from noon to 2 PM; husband; father; and community watchdog.