RINOs, Be Careful What You Wish For

Robert L. Stine, in his wonderful Goosebumps series of children's books, warned young people to Be Careful What You Wish For.

Some of us, particularly social libertarian RINOs and moderate independents with an isolationist bent, had grown frustrated with Republican leadership after several years of George W. Bush and GOP control of Congress. So, when a new broom began to sweep clean in 2006, we started looking wistfully at the Democrats. Perhaps, we reasoned, the time had come to set aside past errors and chart a new course. We have, in some ways, gotten what we wished for. But the package came with a whole lot more.

We didn't want another conservative president naming yet another SCOTUS justice who would trample civil liberties and spend their vacations chasing the godless homosexuals into reform clinics to "cure" them of their curious disorder. We had lost patience with hawks who lived and died by the phrase "projection of American power" and saw the best recourse to intractable foreign leaders to be hundreds of thousands of American troops and a cloud of Tomahawk missiles. Perhaps -- just perhaps -- the Democrats were ready to usher in an America with a new and improved face.

But we still felt the same old trepidation. What about the taxes? What of the spending and the federal intrusion into our lives on every level? "Not this time," the Democrats assured us! "We've learned our lesson. Spending must be responsible, unlike that of the Bush administration. And we'll cut taxes for most of you, just like you want. If any taxes are raised at all, it will only be on a slim percentage of the very richest." (And let's face it ... nobody likes those poncy, bourgeoisie bastards anyway, even though they already pay the lion's share of all taxes in the country.)

Who could forget the bright promise of Obama's tax plan, as helpfully laid out with charts and diagrams by the Washington Post? McCain was the one who would tax you into submission. The plan of the Democrats was positively benevolent. And we were touched when Barack Obama laughed off the comments of McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds where he said:

No one cares what Barack Obama does with his toys, but Americans do care that he wants to raise taxes, add a trillion dollars in new spending and redistribute your hard-earned paycheck as he sees fit.