Republican leadership: unlikely. Painting an Obama picture. An invidious comparison. Plus more.
THE CABOOSE OF INEPTITUDE
Re: Peter Ferrara’s Stimulus Malpractice and the Trillion Dollar Deficit:
I read Peter Ferrara’s piece with interest and have to say that
of his conclusions, I fear the latter (Dems eventually going
pro-growth) is the more likely. Sadly, I believe that the
Republicans (to use the PG version of an old phrase) cannot find
their bottom with both hands.
— Reid Bogie
“Taking hundreds of billions out of the economy through government borrowing and then spending it does nothing to improve the economy on net. It does nothing to improve incentives for economically productive activity.”
Yes, Conservatives understand the iron laws of incentives and disincentives. What we do not count on is how liberals perceive economic behavior. To us it is obvious that when tax rates are too high, when the tax system is used as an instrument of social engineering, and when there is little restraint on the human propensity to regulate every aspect of life, men and women are less productive and less apt to take risks. But to Liberals, when taxes are made “equable,” when taxes and regulations are used to shape the world as it should be, all is for the good. When things don’t work out that way, Liberals suspect there is some “bad faith” afoot across the fruited plain.
Liberals believe that they have the moral authority to manipulate the economy toward their received vision of equality and social justice. When the economy then goes afoul, it cannot be their fault or the fault of unsound policies. Instead, in the Liberal imagination, it has to be because “the usual suspects” are not doing their part. “They” can only be acting out of selfishness and greed.
Who says Liberals don’t believe evil exists?
— Mike Dooley
What about the children? Now, finally, we know what the Democrats
intend: Bury them under a mountain of debt, so that they will
abide us geezers when we recount our good old days of
— David Govett
WE’LL ALL LIVE IN OBAMAVILLES
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s Obama as Hoover: The Importance of Storytelling:
I’m more worried about Obama morphing into Roosevelt, (minus the wheelchair and cigarette holder) and copying his New Deal than I am about Obama as Hoover. Besides, the MSM will never allow Obama to be depicted as a Hoover redux.
I highly recommend FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His
New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression by Jim Powell. (I
have recommended this book before, but the recommendation bears
repeating.) I believe Mr. Powell was among the first to debunk
the myth of FDR as some kind of secular saint, and highlight just
how much damage his policies did to this country. Ironically,
tragically, the thing that saved the US economy was a long and
bloody World War — first with the Lend-Lease Agreement and then
our entry into the War. The US is already embroiled in two
fairly important, but localized, conflicts. God forbid that
either, or both, metastasize into something bigger, and much,
— Gretchen L. Chellson
SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE GIPPER
Re: Philip Klein’s Learning From the Bush Legacy:
As President Bush leaves office it is interesting to compare his conservative record to one of America’s greatest Presidents — Ronald Reagan. Unlike Reagan, President Bush has never raised taxes. Unfortunately, like Reagan, he couldn’t make his tax cuts permanent, but until we permanently overhaul the system and adopt a flat tax system, all tax cuts are temporary and subject to change.
While President Reagan was pro-life, President Bush has gone to the mat for issues of life. Terry Schivo and the infant stem cell debate severely damaged Bush in the polls, but he never renounced his pro-life beliefs to increase his poll numbers. Reagan granted blanket amnesty and citizenship to millions of illegal aliens while the Bush administration has deported more illegal aliens than any modern President. President Bush appointed only conservatives to the Supreme Court. Reagan’s were a mixed bag. Reagan’s first two years in office were an expansion of the Carter depression (double digit unemployment, rampant inflation and skyrocketing interest rates) and his “reform” of the real estate market crashed the economy (fortunately it had time to recover before he left office). President Bush righted the economy and saw records set for economic growth and employment — had it not been for the Clinton housing time bomb, we might not be in our current economic downturn.
Ronald Reagan promised to abolish the Departments of Energy and Education, the SBA and a host of bureaucratic fiefdoms. He expanded them and created a new bureaucracy with Veteran’s Affairs. President Bush promised No Child Left Behind (that’s reintroduced phonics to public schools) and prescription drugs to seniors and delivered. While it is understandable conservatives are cynical of political rhetoric they should know by now Bush says what he means and carries through on his word when possible.
Since the US has been guarding enough WMD at Muthanna, Iraq to kill a significant number of Americans conservatives should be careful in calling Bush a liar. We forget that, thanks to President Bush, Libya surrendered its massive WMD arsenal that included an advanced nuclear weapons program without a shot being fired. As for the Iraq war, in 5 years we have basically won the kinetic phase with approximately 4,200 deaths (some my friends and the children of my friends) and are on the way to creating a democratic government that is no more corrupt than that of Chicago in a country less deadly to Americans than Detroit, Baltimore City, Philadelphia and Richmond combined.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online