I received a letter this week from the Republican National Committee. I decided to send them a formal response:
Mr. Robert M. Duncan
Republican National Committee
I received your solicitation of January 16Th, 2009. As you know, I have occasionally contributed to the RNC and, over the years, directly to various Republican candidates.
However, I feel that the candidates I supported completely betrayed me. For years, I've railed and fulminated about "tax and spend Democrats". But the Republicans over the past decade became something far worse: spend and borrow Republicans.
Why is this far worse?
President Regan demonstrated that a tax cut, associated with some fiscal discipline, can generate quick results. However, the borrowing created by spend and borrow lasts for decades, damaging the Republic, perhaps for multiple future generations.
So, let's cut to it. Forget a "no new taxes" pledge: anyone who believes we are going to get out of this debt mess without raising taxes is either too stupid for us to vote for or too ignorant economically to deserve to be in office. No, what I want is a "no earmarks" pledge.
You can save the print and postage to my address until the candidates are ready to sign a no earmarks pledge.