Former Governor, Mitt Romney and Governor, Rick Perry (as much tension as has been witnessed between the two of them) are like Bizarro versions of each other. See, "Rick Perry’s Immigration Problem vs. Mitt Romney’s Healthcare Problem" for more observations on this topic. They both like a lot of big government; they just serve these cold dishes to Conservatives with their own signature seasonings. Where Rick Perry wants government - the American People - to provide college tuition at rates that even legitimate citizenry cannot access for illegal aliens; Mitt Romney's ObamneyCare makes him a carbon copy of Obama. Actually, it is worse than that.
Mitt Romney provided the blueprint for President Obama's Health Care Law - the one he rammed through and which so many (businesses; those insured through their jobs; people pummeled with rising care costs when they were promised the cost curve would bend downward after the bill was forced through Congress and steamrolled over prevailing sentiment) opposed then and still oppose, now.
Big government blueprints
The Medicare Prescription Drug Modernization Act produced the largest overhaul of Medicare in the public health program's 38-year history. (Most people simply refer to the law by the name of one of its prescription drug benefits, called Medicare Part D, which was made available in 2006; though for the purposes of "More big government", it is hereinafter, MMA.) The bill was signed by President George W. Bush on December 8, 2003, after passing in Congress by a close margin. Before this, you will recall two major policy initiatives enacted by President Nixon - the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
Mitt Romney's state implementation of the blueprint for ObamaCare equivalent to Nixon's EPA/OSHA implementation (and even the MMA). Additionally, Romney also implemented 'green' initiatives as governor of Massachusetts, deciding that the People ought to have to pay for industries that have not proven they can support themselves, yet.
The question is, ‘Do Conservatives want more big government?’
Do Conservatives really want a conservative?
Megyn Kelly pointed out on America Live that if one takes a serious look at the current Republican field's front-runners - Businessman, Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney - he must conclude that all three have problems with Conservative credentials, respectively (abortion/pro-choice stance, protecting the border with an Illegal Alien magnet of his own crafting and implementation and finally, Romney's ObamneyCare).
And then, as Megyn Kelly pointed out, the choice - for the Conservative who cares about all the afore-mentioned issues and wants a one-stop-shop, faithful Conservative - the obvious answer is...the 'faltering' Representative Michele Bachmann.
One might say that Michele Bachmann is not fighting for herself. Or, she is fighting very cunningly - for the Vice Presidential slot.
Either way, all of these things matter not at all, if the United States is in real need of a yank of the policy wheel in the opposite direction. That is, if we have veered dangerously of course and the fiscal and national security and health care future of the nation is 'grim' or, 'dire' or, whichever scary description; then a slightly less radically Progressive leader is not going to cut it.
As Big Government.com Editor-in-Chief, Mike Flynn very aptly put it recently, The question is not whether a candidate is 'Presidential' but what he (or she) will 'do as President'.
His political enemies may as well grant Cook County's hometown hero and our President, Barack Obama a concession right now. Make no bones about it, Conservatives must fight with everything they have to make sure that either the most gracious candidate; the most intelligent candidate; the one with the best cracks about pizza deals; the most outspokenly Catholic; or, if this is the highest priority in truth, the most Conservative becomes the Republican nominee.