Saturday in Sedalia, Sen. Chuck Purgason (R-Caulfield) and Rep. Jim Guest (R-King City) spoke to a regional meeting of the Campaign for Liberty -- folks who "stand for free markets, low taxes and a non interventionist foreign policy." At the event, Purgason delivered his now-familiar critique of Washington Republicans' record of deficit spending.
Senator Purgason...stated that the Republican Party has lost their way. "In 2002 Congress under Republican control had a 30 billion dollar deficit. I could live with that given the downturn in the economy and the 9/11 tragedy, but in the next 2 year the budget deficit grew to $792 billion dollars under Republican control of Congress... "People wanted change in 2008, I believe the change they wanted was for elected Republicans to vote along the Republican Party Platform." "In 2008, a bad election year for Republicans nationwide, the Missouri Senate gained 3 Republican seats because we stood on conservative Republican principles."