Asserts the conservative Republican commentator in Washington, D.C.: "Means testing, targeted tax increases on the wealthy, raising the retirement age — all proposed ways to keep Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid going as they are — all simply grow the American welfare state, increase dependence of working Americans on government and other taxpayers, and displace family and traditional values with socialism. This is why Democratic leaders are not stressed out by the entitlements crisis facing us. More socialism in America is what they want. They are not bothered that slow growth and high unemployment go hand in hand with this socialism."
More: "Republicans won't succeed as an opposition party if they keep tiptoeing around the fact that facing America today is a crisis of vision and values. They need to stop selling the alternative to welfare as unpleasantness and spending cuts. They need to start selling that restored prosperity will only come with a rebirth of American freedom and the values that go with it."