It's interesting to watch the DC establishment circle the wagons to protect our interventionist system of government from forces that would limit government power and create the conditions for a free market and open competition. The Wall Street Journal and power players from major corporations have discovered that Barack Obama and the progressives flirted with them only to set them up for a fall. All the progressive moves that appeared to be crony-friendly and protectionist are turning into a nightmare as statism unravels. Government will not take the hit for statist failure -- big corporations will, even though both need to take a hit.
There are some corporations who lean Republican anyway, and they can't wait to get Chris Christie in the White House. The biggest obstacle these Republican friendly businessmen see right now is the Tea Party and libertarian advocates for limited government and a free market. There are a few representatives in DC right now who are very serious about rolling back the interventions that have crippled our economy and made our Constitutiion practically meaningless. DC is not used to representatives who are serious about government change. Boehner expected to throw some crumbs to the Tea Party, then he could get them to go along with establishment plans to protect the status quo. When the Tea Party showed its seriousness, Boehner decided to stand against them. Paul Ryan has capitulated, and he's now Boehner's stooge to get the House to vote for more government spending.
There's a transformation happening among the American people regarding our expectations of government's role in the economy, and more Americans are realizing that government interventions created the crash in 2008 and have prolonged the recession. More Americans realize, even young people, women and minorities, the groups Democrats think are sewed up, that government is expanding power and we're losing freedom. Republicans like John Boehner want government to survive its fall in favorability. Boehner and his ilk see the Tea Party as a threat, so now they believe they have cover from Wall Street to attack the Tea Party, make deals with Democrats and gain control of the representatives who want major changes in government. When conservatives and libertarians criticized Paul Ryan's deal with Patty Murray, Boehner practically told them they don't know what they're talking about. Boehner insisted that he knows best and the deal is good for deficit reduction. Wow.
The budget deal is bogus -- it allows about 40 billion in extra spending in the next two years while making useless promises to cut in the future. We all know from the many such deals made before that promises made for something to happen 10 years out are not binding. New congresses come in and they aren't bound by the promises made from previous congresses. Boehner is angry that New Republicans won't fold and compromise and make deals like all good politicians should.
So what is the Republican Party doing here? The centrists and the deal makers in the GOP are counting on a Chris Christie type candidate to bring the party back to the center and back to power, but for what? To help a few corporations on Wall Street and keep the military/industrial complex alive and well? If these Wall Street players would come forth and call for the end of corporate welfare and a screwed up, rigged tax code, I'd say, yes, this is the route the party needs to go. If the Wall Street players would come forth and fight for limited government and a free market, side by side with Boehner, then I would say, yes -- let's go. But, then, they wouldn't have a problem with the Tea Party, Constitutionalists, libertarians and limited government representatives.
Until Wall Street and Boehner and other established Republicans promote bold and radical changes to our statist system, I'm going to assume they represent just another gang of thieves trying to gain power and, for the GOP politicians, to protect the sweet-gig positions they presently hold. There should be no conflict betwee the limited government conservatives and John Boehner, because if they're all serious about change then at some point they have to take a stand and make it happen. Each time Boehner and someone like Paul Ryan roll over and protect the status quo, it makes it that much harder to ever change government. There's no later point that's better -- the time to change is now, especially when they have progressivism against the rope. If Boehner is not swinging now, then he doesn't want to defeat his ostensible opponent, and he doesn't want radical change -- he just wants more power with Republicans in charge for their turn to run things for awhile. In other words, it's business as usual is our two-party, interventionist system that's ruining the nation.