Say what you will about David Brooks, but as far as conservatives go, he at least keeps it real sometimes. Wade through all of his crap and you occasionally get nuggets of truth like this:
The problem with them and the problem with Limbaugh in terms of intellectual philosophy is they are stuck with Reagan. They are stuck with the idea that government is always the problem. A lot of Republicans up in Capitol Hill right now are calling for a spending freeze in a middle of a recession/depression. That is insane. But they are thinking the way they thought in 1982, if we can only think that way again, that is just insane.
Bulls eye. You might hate the plans democrats are pushing for right now, but the conservative “alternatives” are quite frankly, pretty fucking retarded. A between a $6 trillion tax cut and a freeze on spending, its pretty clear republicans are more worried about their ideology than the problems facing Americans.
One last point. Brooks is dead on with his point about conservative policies always being driven by the idea that government is the problem.
Compare this to the democrats willingness to search for the best solution, whether public or private, and you get a clear perspective on the difference between the governing styles of the two parties. While Reagan derided the government at every turn, often pushing dangerous deregulation, IE the housing market, Clinton capped off his growth of the private sector with the proclamation that “the era of big government is over.” Hence, why the ultimate republican litmus test for good policies is whether or not it aligns with their conservative ideology.