When I listen to Mitt on the stump I hear essentially the same message that Bush 43 used to project. Here's George --> www . youtube. com/watch?v=b1xJTNORyG0&NR=1&feature=endscreen Here's Mitt --> www . youtube. com/watch?v=b1xJTNORyG0&NR=1&feature=endscreen Now, not that there's anything wrong with this message ... greater personal liberty, reign in government, etc. But is that what Bush did? Is that what Mitt will do? Can anyone deny that we made the wrong choice back in 2000? Listen to this very carefully --> www . youtube . com/watch?v=xk0-bR3fwZo&feature=related. Listen to what McCain had to say about the 5.6 trillion dollar debt at the time. Bush 43 doubled that debt and before you post any excuses about that think hard about how why anything that you say couldn't also apply to President Obama. I'm not saying that Norquist is wrong, quite the contrary, the guy makes eminent sense. Baseline budgeting that grows the government at twice the rate of growth of the economy or worse is just madness. We have a spending problem not a revenue problem. Any fool can see that 1.07*X > 1.02*X and anyone not afraid of numbers can integrate that out in the time dimension and understand why we are where we are today. But by the same token, Republican rank and file seem to be blind to the greedy grasp of the constituencies represented by their leadership who would make the debt problem worse by abolishing taxes on high income. That might be a great aspiration, but is now the time to do that? Those at the top of the party liked George back in 2000 and they like Mitt now. It's not like we can look to the Democrats for any type of insurgency that will result in a solution to the debt crises and by definition, how can we possibly deny that the Republican leadership has failed the American people on this issue? Eventually, if it isn't addressed, the debt very well might take down the two-party system, but that doesn't necessarily have to happen ... but the only real possibility is if the Republican rank and file saves the people in control from themselves by forcing them to take the tough medicine. Face it, a vote for Mitt is most likely a vote for more of the same.