On Morning Joe today, after a lot of adolescent taunting and ridicule toward Herman Cain, Mika, Scarborough, Jonathan Capehart and Mike Barnicle attacked Kevin McCarthy who was guest this morning. Austan Goolsbee came on after McCarthy and received kind and deferiential treatment. The attack on McCarthy was over-the-top, and I don't know why any Republican like McCarthy would go back on the show if this is how they're treated. You don't even have to be a Republican, which I'm not, to see the bias and unfair treatment. Mika and Capehart were rude, and Scarborough was his usual snarky self.
But what is really interesting is the underlying conflict between Left and Right. Goolsbee defended the Democrat's performance over the past three years and blamed external forces for all the failed policies and the stagnant economy. Goolsbee spoke in statist terms which should concern every American who doesn't want a fascist system in America. Fascism has a distinct meaning, and the way Goolsbee described the government's plan to shift the economy from a housing bubble to exports, infrastructure and education reveals the workings of fascism, a system in which government doesn't own the means of production but rather manages industry and economic direction, instead of allowing a free market in which American consumers and businesses determine the direction through their free choices in the market. McCarthy promoted free market principles, and Goolsbee promoted a form of fascism. Scarborough, Mika and Morning Joe gang agreed more with Goolsbee.
It's amazing how vicious MSNBC has become toward free market capitalism, and how much the Democrat controlled Senate and administration are fighting against free market capitalism. It was reported that Obama received more money for his reelection than all the Republican candidates combined, and this was presented as hypocrisy on the part of Obama who is campaigning against Wall Street greed. Obama is campaigning against free market capitalism, pretending that Wall Street represents free market capitalism. The truth is that the major Wall Street players are part of the State power structure which is destroying free market capitalism. Small and medium sized businesses are getting hurt, because they represent free market capitalism and they are under attack. Goolsbee and the Morning Joe gang represent the status quo, statist system which is now practicing a form of fascism -- they would all laugh at and ridicule the charge of fascism, but if we stick with definitions and listen to the ideas being promoted, their ridicule would be empty and defensive.
Until we can get to the fundamental problems we'll see no fundamental solutions. Morning Joe is basically dealing with symptoms and promoting efforts that provide short term symptomatic fixes that won't last. Giving the states more money to save teachers and police will last until they burn through the money and come back with their hands out. The independence of states has been destroyed as they become dependents of the federal government. The federal government is consolidating power over the states and over the private economy, and the Morning Joe crew attacks representatives like Keven McCarthy who are attempting to empower the private sector and remove government chains so that economic growth can happen. In this instance, Republicans are right and Democrats are wrong. Government actions are killing jobs. Goolsbee said that government has to make private industry stand up and start expanding and hiring workers -- no, government has to get off the back of private industry and quit mismanaging the economy.
Later, Scarborough, who praised China's infrastructure efforts a few months ago and said America should follow China's lead and even overtake China and become the leader of infrastructure, reacted to a story this morning about a China Bubble, as if he's understood all along that China might be spending too much on infrastructure. Scarborough is full of it -- he makes it up as he goes along.
At least McCarthy knows that long term solutions right now will help the short term problems -- we have to set up limitations on government intervention into the economy, totally restructure the tax code and end all corporate welfare and favoritism granted through regulations which strangle small businesses, then private industry will "stand up", but not before government shuts the f*ck up and sits the hell down.