Ezra Klein gives you a little memory-jog about how the GOP forced an utterly unfunded Medicare expansion through the Congress in 2003:
A 15-minute vote was scheduled, and at the end of 15 minutes, the Democrats had won. The Republican leadership froze the clock for three hours while they desperately whipped defectors. This had never been done before. The closest was a 15-minute extension in 1987 that then-congressman Dick Cheney called “the most arrogant, heavy-handed abuse of power I’ve ever seen in the 10 years that I’ve been here.”
And if you think Ramesh Ponnuru is a fiscal conservative, or a constitutional conservative, read this.