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  • GOP finds some backbone, but will it last?

    A dramatic lame-duck end to the historically unpopular 111th Congress does not a successful 112th Congress make, but it could happen if Capitol Hill Republicans learn from their mistakes. They lost control of Congress in 2006 largely because they talked the talk of limited government, but mostly walked arm in arm with Democrats in supporting massive increases in federal spending, regulation and debt. Since then, it’s been a desperate struggle, with multiple setbacks along the way, thanks to the ever-present and addictive allure of Washington Spending Disease. But the 2010 election, which gave the GOP control of the House, has produced some very heartening signs that Republicans are regaining their principled roots and political bearings.

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