One of Many Questions

The Twelve Points are a statement of conservative principles, objectives, philosophy, and additional guiding considerations, composed by Karl Born, a young Indianapolis writer and attorney, beginning in early 2008, completed on July 2, 2009.

The purpose of the Twelve Points is to serve as a delivery mechanism for distilled, concentrated conservative thinking, with the goal of returning clarity and completeness to popular conservatism, and spreading knowledge of the true principles of conservatism throughout the conservative community.

The idea for the Twelve Points, along with much of the content of the document itself, came from the "Seven Points," which was created by a group of conservative college students in 2003 at Indiana University: Grand Old Cause.

Even in light of the 2010 election results, the conservative movement has become confused and aimless. Certain essential conservative principles and considerations have faded from memory and lost their influence. The Twelve Points will help to solve this problem by reminding us of conservative thinking that we may not have considered recently, and by making that thinking available to new, developing conservatives.

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One of many questions

This question is among the many that will remain open and unresolved so long as the Twelve Points (or some close substitute) are not widely affirmed and adopted:

What kind of Republican Party will the GOP of the 112th Congress be: the kind of Republican Party that has made a principle of opposing budget deficits, or some other kind?

At the present, I have no idea whether to expect the Republicans of the 112th Congress to be reliably opposed to budget deficits.  I would prefer to have a party that stands both for low taxes and for little or no borrowing, but to do so, the party will need to be willing to stand for reducing or eliminating spending on particular items of the budget.  (The Laffer curve is correct, but it does not guarantee higher revenue as a result of every tax cut.  We should also keep in mind that we will accomplish less than we might think by eliminating "waste" alone, unless we define "waste" to include expenditures that do indeed have beneficiaries and political supporters who will angrily defend the expenditures from any threatened cuts.)  Does the party know, now, what it will attempt to cut from the budget?  Does it know how it will deal with the political consequences and avoid the outcome of the budget battle of late 1995 and early 1996?

It would be a mistake to consider these questions for the first time in the fall of 2011.  To cause these questions to be answered sooner than that, however, was one of my reasons for writing the Twelve Points.