I keep hearing this, even from some who claim to be proponents of limited government and a free market. The problem so far is that the Democrats have been focused on jobs and the economy, and the stimulus, bailouts (started by Republicans), and healthcare/financial reform to "help" the economy, have made things much worse. If they focus much more on jobs and the economy we'll all be out of work and the nation's economy will collapse completey.
Government should focus on getting us out of Afghanistan and Iraq, cutting spending, ending corporate welfare, ending corporate income tax, removing regulations which hamper industry and help no one but special interest groups.
The Republicans should know better that to claim they will focus on jobs and the economy, except in the sense they will get out of the way and stop all central planning and subsidies.
The Republicans should also pledge to look at military spending. If Republicans care about our military, they should want to cut out all waste, crony-contracts and corruption -- they should get ahold of the military/industrial complex and make it efficient and compatible with our needs in the 21st century. Bloated, bureacratic incompetence and corruption only hurts the military.
We need focus on a powerful State and a government which is out of control -- leave jobs and the economy to the private sector -- focus on squeezing all the waste and inefficiency out of government.