Statist apologists wrap their minds in pretzels to justify this Progressive government and its interventionist failures. The administration and the Fed are playing tricks with money, avoiding the high interest rates it should be paying, screwing savers, especially those near or in retirement. When will Americans learn a little about economics and monetary policy and demand the end of the Fed and government corruption? When will honest Liberals and Republican Centrists stop tolerating this obvious government madness?
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Joe Scarborough agrees with David Brooks. In a previous post I wrote about Brooks' recent column in which he calls for a second GOP of Centrists who can guide the party away from the crazies. Scarborough picks out a conservative in Virginia who has said controversial things, then draws a distinction between that conservative and Colin Powell, making the claim that the GOP has to win back the Colin Powells of the party.
This is what's wrong with Centrists -- it's why the GOP is imploding. Republican Centrists don't stand for anything except maintaining a two-party power arrangement and creating the appearance of smart governance. Any Republican who wishes to please Colin Powell, who voted for Obama twice, has no principles. Powell voted for Obama knowing that Obama would fight for national healthcare, increase economy killing regulations, cripple energy production, and basically push a Progressive agenda to the detriment of the private sector.
How can any Republican consider Powell a part of the party? It's incredible. The Republican Party is quickly dying, and the useful idiots like Scarborough don't have a clue. Centrists are proferring a false choice between a strawman radical rightist who thoughtlessly hates all government actions and their idealized version of a smart conservative who intelligently compromises for the good of the country, unafraid to govern when legislation is necessary, while at the same time wisely holding back the excesses of Progressivism. Cucinelli vs Powell -- good Lord. There aren't many, but there are a few Republicans like Rand Paul and Mike Lee, and, while they aren't complete libertarians, they are the closest thing to it in the party, and this is where the hope lies. After all the damage done by interventionist policies, Centrists are concentrating on government interventions to solve our problems. It's madness. We may not be able to limit government power before America collapses, but we really need to, because afterwards there's no telling what madness might rule.
On Morning Joe today the crew talked about the fiscal cliff and, of course, the Republican implosion. Will the fiscal cliff destroy a weak economy, or, can we go over the cliff, then adjust after a period of economic pain? Economic adjustment is what's required, but if we keep the same interventionist system that got us in this economic mess, then the painful adjustment would be in vain.
The Morning Joe crew said that Republicans and Democrats will likely compromise, because the election "broke the fever" as Scarborough described it. Plus, Bill Kristol has called for a populist stance against millionaires&billionaires. Scarborough divided the GOP into Wall Street Republicans and Populist Republicans like himself. The Centrist/Statist part of the GOP might be split between posturing for Wall Street or posturing for The Little People, but that's all political wrangling, and, to be honest, I don't see anyone posturing for Wall Street. The media, the Left and the Centrists framed Romney as the Protector of Wall Street, but anyone who listened to Romney heard him champion the middle class and small businesses. Romney even said that eliminating tax deductions and subsidies would land on the rich, so that's why he supported it -- it would raise revenues from the rich while leaving the middle class alone.
I'm sure that behind doors all Republican professional politicians have their "Wall Street" backers, and I'm sure they take good care of the Wall Street backers, just as I'm sure if Scarborough ran for President he would have his "Wall Street" buds close to his heart. The division in the GOP is not between Wall Street and The Little People -- the division is between Gig Government Republicans and Limited Government Republicans, and the Big Government Republicans are fighting fiercely for control of the party. The Limited Government Republicans have been marginalized because they're a threat to State power. Between the lack of enthusiasm for Romney among the limited government faction and sabotage of Romney by the Centrists, Republicans didn't come out in force to vote, so they lost. This was mainly a miscalculation on the part of the limited government Republicans, because although Romney was politically inept, he would have done a good exceutive job as President setting the stage for a real, limited government, Republican candidate with philosophical acumen that transcends the political. Romney couldn't overcome his political weaknesses, and in the political realm, if you aren't a political animal, you either transcend, rise above, the political animals or they eat you -- Romney was eaten.
The Centrist/Statist part of the GOP, the majority, believe they were vindicated by the election results, so Kristol and others are calling for taxes, Bohner says Obamacare is law, Haley Barbour and the others in the wing turned on Romney, and Scarborough gloats on Morning Joe and reminds everyone how right he was about the election, although he carefully tested the wind each morning before committing that day to a position. If the Centrist/Statist majority in the GOP take over and then fight among themselves over which ones are most populist, special interest focused, and Big Government friendly, then the Republican Party is a dead party.
Statists are taking advantage of Hurricane Sandy and Romney's comments during the primary when he said that we should look at ways of innovating around government programs like FEMA, such as letting states have more control and utilizing private companies.
Statists are ecstatic because it's so evident to them that the federal program FEMA is absolutely indispensable in this time of need, but they are, as usual, wrong. The states can coordinate better than FEMA can manage, and when the science of logistics is vitally important, then private companies would do much better. It is not evident at all that FEMA is the best solution to disaster response -- it's history suggests that improvements can definitely be made, so this is just political opportunism by Democrats who are also charging Romney with politicizing Sandy by holding a donation drive. The Left is completely unglued.
Here we have a Leftist who debunks the myth of socialism as statism by showing that the likes of St. Simon proposed voluntary corporations, while others proposed coop owned industries, worker ownership and such. The problem with the logic is that socialists like St. Simon didn't trust the free market of ideas -- they proposed first coercing their version of the just society, getting the people's minds right, then society would be just and free. It doesn't work. It seems when the smart technocrats or philosopher kings or benevolent rulers take charge they never let go.
There are some Left-libertarians using this logic, but the logic fails miserably when you drill down on their vague calls for equality, social justice and civic liberty. The tip is when they begin denigrating capitalism, using State capitalism as the definition.