This post originally appeared at the Institute to Reduce Spending.
Fiscal Conservatism has been the bedrock of the Republican Party for years. From Reagan to Ryan, McConnell to Cruz, Republicans have prided themselves on small government and fiscal restraint. But how true are these claims, really? Are all Republicans fiscal conservatives? Sadly, the answer is no.
Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post recently criticized Republicans for taking spending off the table to pay for tax cuts, saying: “If Republicans want tax simplification and fairness and still want significant spending (on health care and defense), they must pay for it. Period.”
While it is not our place to delve into tax policy, Ms. Rubin is right on one point: Massive spending, major tax cuts, and no focus on reducing spending is a foolhardy plan. And as Republicans twist themselves deeper into discussions of just how exactly to raise massive tax revenue, fiscal conservatives ought to ask instead: What happened to cutting spending, anyway?
For all their talk of fiscal responsibility, Republicans have not yet offered a plan to cut spending and debt – and even the long-vaunted Obamacare repeal seems to be in some danger. Fiscal conservatism should not include only tax cuts – in fact, in cannot.
Fiscal conservatives should keep a close watch moving forward to ensure that politicians – especially those who claim to care about spending – do not forget how important true reform really is.