Gov. Walker in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott in Florida, and Gov. Christine in New Jersey, as well as Rep. Paul Ryan, are all saying a traditional and sensible Republican message: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. Government has to pay for itself, and the current course is not working. This is sensible enough, and it’s the traditional Republican viewpoint, a viewpoint obscured by the Bush years and his latter efforts, including the TARP funding of banks and the pre-Obama Keynesian stimulus in early 2008. This is an issue of central importance, equally important as and interrelated to America’s various cultural and moral failings. It’s encouraging to see that on the eve of the national election–sorta, a few months out–that the old school Democrat criticism that Republicans are mean-spirited and cheap was so roundly rejected by Wisconsin voters. Let’s hope Romney is encouraged by this and also learns that straight talk is a winner on this issue, far preferable than what I expect is his instinctual preference to split the baby and compromise.