Boehner: GOP Policies Are Politically Harder, Dems Offer Free Lunch

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February 25, 2009 11:30 a.m.

The Wall St. Journal reports that John Boehner made an interesting observation about the Republican Party’s problems: It’s simply harder to sell their own ideas to the public, compared to the easy answers offered by the Democrats.

“We have a tougher job than our friends across the aisle. They’ve been offering Americans a free lunch for the last 80 years, rather successfully,” Boehner said, at a lunch hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “Those of us that believe in a smaller, more accountable government, we have a tougher time making our principles relevant to the American people. But it’s our challenge, and we’ve got to do it.”

A note about free lunches and small government: Boehner voted in 2003 for the Medicare drug bill, a mega-expensive expansion of entitlement spending with no method laid out on how to pay for it. And the modern GOP’s platform is based largely on tax cuts, with the constant claim that they’ll result in even more revenue.

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