You see, that’s the rub, ladies and gentlemen. The president and Karl Rove’s Big Theory is to expand the Republican Party by enacting legislation that appeals more to leftists and moderates and thereby steal votes from the Democrats rather than expanding the number of conservatives in your base. The problem is, does it work? Once you move to the center, and embrace those people and get their votes, are they going to stay with you? History says no. In 1972, Richard Nixon raised Social Security benefits by 20%. Did Republicans get any credit for it? Last I saw, the Democrats are constantly getting away with accusing Republicans of wanting to cut Social Security or take it away from the elderly. They didn’t get any credit, and they pay for it every time they try to get a handle on the spending, that they themselves unleashed.