Scandals bolster case for government restraint

  • Article by: John Dickerson , Slate
  • Updated: May 15, 2013 - 6:32 PM

The recent slew of scandals bolsters the conservative case for restraint. What it could mean for the ideological landscape and for policy matters like immigration reform.

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pumiceMay. 15, 13 8:47 PM

From the article: "The Obama administration is doing a far better job making the case for conservatism than Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell or John Boehner ever did." Ah but, John Dickerson, that's surely because any Republican who screws up is not a real Conservative ("Conservatives are not the same as Republicans"). And even if it turns out that "President Obama had nothing to do with any of [the scandals]" about which hyperpartisans are hyperventilating, it's still "much easier to agree with the conservative notion that government is a mess."

Same old, same old: Republicans campaign on the premise that the US is an exceptional nation, but that its government doesn't work. If elected, they set out to make sure its government doesn't work, thereby proving that government is a mess....

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allhailfsmMay. 15, 13 9:10 PM

The problem with so called conservatives is that they exhibit those principles only when they are out of power. As soon as they win office, they come out of their cocoons and spread their Republican wings, after which they start looting the treasury, starting wars on false pretenses, and transferring more wealth from the working person to the corporate class.

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davehougMay. 15, 13 9:21 PM

Folks will start trusting government the FIRST time government says: that is a good idea, but we just don't have the authority to do that.

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hawkeye56379May. 15, 1310:20 PM

davehoug: They actually did say that about getting money for air traffic control that was restricted by the sequester. They just decided then to give them the authority because airport delays irritated too many people.

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lordhawhaw1May. 15, 1311:28 PM

Scandals? What scandals? Mark Ritchie, the Democrats and liberals told us our elections are fair and we don't need voter ID. The Left doesn't cheat right?

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goldengoph3rMay. 16, 1312:44 AM

Conservatives want government "restraint." Except when they don't and do A, B, C, D, et al. and then they become simply Republicans. That seems to be the gist of the article. I wonder how long Mr. Dickerson has been around. Because if he examined, say, the W years, or the HW years, or the Reagan years, or the Nixon years, or the (you get the idea), he might see that conservatives don't have their hands clean when it comes to scandal and government overreach.

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mobydick1May. 16, 13 6:25 AM

Political parties seem to be the culprits. They use every opportunity to enhance their positions and denigrate the position of the opposition. In the meantime, little is done for the people they represent. The electoral system is structured in such a way that only the individuals who are sponsored by big money have an opportunity to become elected. This tends to limit the candidates that could relate to the middle class constituency.

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davehougMay. 16, 13 7:03 AM

Name a limit to government. We were all taught our founding fathers set up a limited government. There have been no changes to the Constitution regarding limits, yet government has taken on UNLIMITED power. Too many feel the Constitution no longer needs amendments to change, just treat it as a 'living Constitution' that can be molded to our choices.

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ti1310May. 16, 13 8:57 AM

----Same old, same old: Republicans campaign on the premise that the US is an exceptional nation, but that its government doesn't work. If elected, they set out to make sure its government doesn't work, thereby proving that government is a mess....--- Only this time the GOP did not have to lift a finger to prove it, the Dems have done a bang up job of validating the GOP position for them.

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metoo7May. 16, 13 9:03 AM

I have read the article and the comments above and what becomes very evident to me is that many have NOT read the article.

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