On Morning Joe today the major topics covered were Romney/Santorum in Illinois, Afghanistan and Medicare/budgetary concerns. A lot of regulars were on -- Heilemann, Halperin, Eugene Washington, Tina Brown, etc. Paul Ryan was on to talk about his new budget and Gene Sperling was on to support Obama's healthcare plan as it relates to Medicare savings.
Regarding Romney and Santorum, it's obvious that Scarborough is running out of steam with the Santorum, Underdog story, although Scarborough must have said ten times that GOP voters don't like Romney. Romney is winning, has gotten way more votes and has twice as many delegates, it doesn't matter how much voters like Romney, are turned on by him, whatever -- Romney is winning and has the best chance to beat Obama. For me, though, it's not just about beating Obama -- it's about systemic changes in government, and I don't care how the changes come about as long as they come about. I'm more concerned with economic liberty and an empowered private sector than I am which political party wins -- however, since we've given government so much power, it's necessary to go through government to demand limits on power, and I believe Romney and the Republicans are the best chance to get that done, and that's a slim chance. This shows how screwed up the system has become. Ron Paul would be the best chance, but he has no path to win and little support within government. Paul can influence Romney, though, and I think he has already. One reason so many Republicans wanted Santorum and Gingrich to stay in the race was to Paul from gaining influence, so unless the GOP can resolve the split between statists and anti-statists, even a Republican win might not be enough.
Paul Ryan is one representative in DC who is trying to make the changes necessary to avoid financial collapse. Sperling came on to say that Obamacare has cut Medicare, although Scarborough rightfully said that Obamacare cuts Medicare only to create another entitlement program to take up the slack -- the costs of entitlements under Obama go straight up. It will take a combination of Ryan-like costs savings and economic growth. Hopefully Romney will be able to liberate the economy enough for the private sector to create economic growth. The Romneys and Ryans and Pauls in government are our last hope, in that they can roll back statist gains.
Also, we have to end the mideast wars. If Republicans can do all this, they will be in power for decades to come. If Republicans fail, we are in for financial collapse and complete loss of freedom as we've known freedom.