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Thursday, November 18, 2004


The US Senate has voted to permit the government to borrow up to $8.18 trillion.

Does it seem that our government has gone on an uncontrolled spending spree? Sen. Everett Dirksen once said, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."

Of course, the war will be used to justify this spending. But that is not the reason for it. The reason is Washington politicians who cannot - or will not - exercise responsibility. President Bush campaigned in 2000 on the platform of smaller government, but he has delivered just the opposite.

Fiscal conservatives can only be alarmed by the Senate vote. When will conservative Republicans stand up and say, "Enough"? Watch for this development.

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