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Morici: The GOP Must Embrace Limited Government

When conservative Republicans oppose any naturalization process, because desperate people illegally snuck across the border while most Americans looked the other way and profited from their presence, or merely embrace naturalization out of political necessity, they permit liberal pundits to tag the GOP as the "White Guys Club."

The Obamacare requirement that church-related organizations employee health insurance provide contraceptive drugs and devices -- even though those are widely and inexpensively available -- is not about a woman's right to choose. Rather, it is about the federal government negating religious freedom by forcing one person to pay for another person's birth control choices.

Yet the opposition of many Republicans to any government support for contraception, even for poor women, is an equal affront to religious personal choices, and permits liberals in the media to characterize their posture as a "Republican War on Women."

On gay rights, Republicans should simply heed former New York Mayor Giuliani's admonition to stay out of people's bedrooms. Moderate voters -- who determine the outcome of elections -- have quite varying views about homosexuality but generally believe that government has no right to interfere with personal sexual choices that do not have an impact on others.

To win elections, Republicans must embrace limited government, beyond how much the government taxes and spends, to situations they find discomforting -- the choices most Americans have already made about the rights of illegal immigrants, poor women, gays, and whoever else may violate their private sensibilities.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
Professor Peter Morici, of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, is a recognized expert on economic policy and international economics. Prior to joining the university, he served as director of the Office of Economics at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He is the author of 18 books and monographs and has published widely in leading public policy and business journals, including the Harvard Business Review and Foreign Policy. Morici has lectured and offered executive programs at more than 100 institutions, including Columbia University, the Harvard Business School and Oxford University. His views are frequently featured on CNN, CBS, BBC, FOX, ABC, CNBC, NPR, NPB and national broadcast networks around the world.
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