Following on from the post below, it was interesting to read some of Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn's remarks today:
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Congress’s deficit spending has become a moral issue surpassing abortion because it saddles future generations with massive debt before they’re born.
“The greatest moral issue of our time isn’t abortion, it’s robbing our next generation of opportunity,” Coburn told reporters at a breakfast meeting Thursday at the National Press Club. “You’re going to save a child from being aborted so they can be born into a debtor’s prison?”
Senator Coburn also questioned Congress' legitimacy owing to its abysmal 11 percent approval rating and explained why he was holding up some 200 pieces of legislation.
This concentration on economic issues above all, while still maintaining a conservative stance on social policy, should be recognizable to British readers as the Thatcherite stance. It has certainly raised eyebrows here in the States, but it might just be the way for Republicans to reinvigorate themselves. The divides over social policy and national security identified below are indeed important, but the relative insignificance of the old-fashioned big government liberal candidates in the Democrat field and the disquiet with Republican performance on spending in the GOP field suggest that spending and the deficit could be fruitful ground for policy-makers in the near future. To that degree at least, British and American politics might be converging again.
-- Iain Murray