Ike Eisenhower, in a letter to his brother.
This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon “moderation” in government. Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.
The modern Republican Party has been insanely radicalized in the past decade or so, and this is proof positive of that. There was a time when Republicans stood for responsible conservatism, taking care of the citizenry but keeping wanton spending in check. Not no more, folks. Not no more.