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July 7, 2014

WEEKLY WRAP: Relying on the Beast

Even soccer has its defenders. They call them goalies. But no one ever has a good word for the federal government.

Gov. Mike Pence, the coyest of presidential noncandidates, used his appearance at the New York Republicans’ annual dinner [June 26] to launch an all-out attack on conservatives’ bitterest foe: the government of their own nation.

“I’m more convinced than I’ve ever been in my life that the cure for what ails this country will come more from our nation’s state capitals than it ever will from our nation’s capital,” Pence told a roomful of wealthy donors at the Times Square event. He called on Washington’s GOP to restore “to the states those resources and responsibilities that are rightfully theirs, under the Constitution,” including education, welfare and transportation.

The long tradition of politicians running against Washington isn’t limited to Republicans. Ronald Reagan made a career of it; so did Jimmy Carter. Until, of course, they became president.

But we think Pence has it exactly right. He just doesn’t take the argument far enough.

If Pence is going to make his argument against the federal government truly convincing, he needs to launch a direct, unflinching attack on a Midwestern governor who happily receives billions and billions of dollars each year from the evil, scheming feds.

This spending-happy governor recently asked the feds for disaster relief money for some of his counties that had been devastated by storms. When the pointy-headed bureaucrats turned him down, he asked again.

This governor recently was observed in one of his northernmost cities wearing a ceremonial hard-hat and celebrating the opening of a new rail line that he said will help bring prosperity. “I say, let’s blow the horn, let’s get the Gateway open,” the governor said, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana. Though he didn’t say it, this governor knew that the money for the new rail line was coming from the federal government’s 2009 stimulus act.

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