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Monday, March 3, 2014

Conservatives frustrated by GOP’s compromises, lack of leadership -- By Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times

Prominent Republicans see no evidence that their party's electoral successes have advanced the cause of limited government and moral governance.

"Today, our party's leaders act like thermometers measuring the temperature of the electorate. We need to be the thermostats and set the temperature," said Rob McCoy, pastor of Calvary Chapel, a few minutes' drive from the Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif.

For Republicans like Mr. McCoy, who is running for a state Assembly seat, the national party has racked up decades of compromises that have led to relentless government expansion, ever-increasing spending growth, continually mounting national debt and growing intrusiveness into the private lives of Americans.

From her George Mason University's Mercatus Center office in Arlington, Va., economist Veronique de Rugy looks at the objective evidence of the Republican Party's effect on limiting government.

"Every president has spent more total real dollars in his last budget than in his first," she said, noting that Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson increased spending by 38 percent, but George W. Bush, twice elected on a conservative Republican platform, increased spending by 53 percent during his presidency.

"Even Reagan increased total spending by 22 percent" over President Carter, she says on her website.

Similar disappointments are nagging at other conservatives as an expected 10,000 of them — nearly half college age — prepare to descend on Washington for the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference this week at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

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