I've fulminated against the GOP's embrace of massive public spending increases for years now. Jonathan Rauch does much more and explains how the DeLay Machine of big money, lobbyists and congressmen, has made reducing government impossible. Money quote:

"No one should be surprised that political entrenchment militates against governmental reform. One-party rule always turns reactionary. Still, the 2006 budget cycle is important for three reasons. First, conservatives finally realized they were captives of their own machine. Second, they rebelled, passing a package of entitlement cuts for the first time in eight years. Third, their rebellion proved not how much they could accomplish without Democratic votes, but how little. DeLay's fortress is conservatism's prison."

Seriously, read this column. It's the most piercing analysis yet of how today's Republicans have destroyed yesterday's conservatism.

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