Big-government Republicans: Six high-profile conservative groups--including the Heritage Foundation and the Club for Growth--have harshly criticized the Bush administration and Republican-controlled Congress for spending like "drunken sailors." Paul M. Weyrich, national chairman of Coalitions for America, says, "The Republican Congress is spending at twice the rate as under Bill Clinton, and President Bush has yet to issue a single veto. I complained about profligate spending during the Clinton years but never thought I'd have to do so with a Republican in the White House and Republicans controlling the Congress." Paul Beckner, president of Citizens for a Sound Economy, warns that if Bush doesn't begin showing some fiscal restraint, "there's a real chance the Republicans' voter base will not be enthusiastic about turning out in November, no matter who the Democrats nominate."

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