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Just when I thought all hope was lost, I see a glimmer of hope for the conservative movement within the Republican party. As you may know I consider most Republican Congressmen to be too liberal or at best lilly-livered spineless hacks but I try to give credit where it is due: Introducing the Republican Study Committee (RSC).

Who is the RSC?

“The Republican Study Committee is a group of over 110 House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.

The Republican Study Committee is dedicated to:

* a limited and Constitutional role for the federal government,
* a strong national defense,
* the protection of individual and property rights,
* and the preservation of traditional family values.”

The following is an excerpt from the Center for Individal Freedom’s article “The Contract With America – Renewed”

“…Republicans have controlled both the White House and Congress for more than five years, the federal debt and deficits continue to reach record highs with each passing year. In fiscal year 2005, the federal government spent $2.47 trillion, nearly 50 percent more than it spent just 10 years ago. Today, the national debt stands at approximately $8.2 trillion, nearly 70 percent higher than a decade ago. This year, the deficit is $423 billion, and that’s after accounting for a Social Security surplus.

Americans are often told that the increased spending is a result of the War on Terror and unexpected economic challenges. Not so. It’s the direct result of failure on the part of most of our elected leaders to determine adequate trade-offs and make the tough decisions.”

Amen, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Continuing on –

“Adhering to the principles of the first House Republican budget resolution passed back in 1995, the RSC budget promises to balance the federal budget by drastically reducing discretionary spending, significantly restructuring three federal agencies, eliminating useless and underperforming federal programs and reforming the process of reconciliation and entitlements. In addition, the RSC budget guards against automatic tax increases to maintain opportunities for individual Americans and decreases foreign aid while it increases defense spending so our military remains strong and is certain to have the equipment needed to fight the War on Terror.

Specifically, the RSC’s “Contract With America: Renewed” would eliminate at least 150 programs from the FY 2007 budget, including several duplicative programs, and proposes nearly $350 billion in reconciliation savings and $392 billion in deficit reduction – that’s taking into account increases in defense spending.”

Wow, a little leadership and a conservative agenda, it’s enough to give a free market conservative hope. Reagan would be proud.

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