GOP, party of fiscal responsibility? Sorry folks, this isn't your father's Republican Party.
We seem to have fallen into a twisted Alice in Wonderland version of Schlesinger's cycles of American political history.
First, the conservatives hold power, and spend our national inheritance on the functional equivalent of coke and cars, like some kind of addle-brained trust funder.
Then, the voters select grown-ups (Democrats) to try to clean up the mess. Because Democrats today are -- virtually without exception -- fiscal conservatives, their attempts to do so tend to be cosmetic and inadequate in scale, if well intentioned.
Finally, unable to find a ladder tall enough to get us out of the hole dug by the Republican predecessor, the Democrats are accused of presiding over 'socialism,' and the American people vote for more frat boy madness.
With each cycle, the madness seems to get, well, madder (note this year's GOP platform, which calls for a return to the gold standard).