Andrew Ferguson has a clever piece in the Weekly Standard pointing out that John McCain’s favorite economic advisers aren’t likely to give similar economic advice. The starkest contrast is between Jack Kemp, the ebullient supply-sider who warns Republicans against “root canal politics,” and Peter Peterson, the Concord Coalition guru who is root canal politics. McCain needs the assistance of such men, since by his own admission he doesn’t know much about economics.
Ferguson reports that both men think their pupil agrees with them:
“He understands that the solution to our long-term problems will involve some shared sacrifice,” Pete Peterson says. “And I think his leadership skills will be very effective in putting this idea of shared sacrifice across.”
“I tell him: ‘Stop mentioning Pete Peterson!’” Kemp says. “And he gets that.”
As I’ve said before, there could be a meeting of the minds, with McCain heeding Kemp on tax rates and Peterson on spending (perhaps Phil Gramm could faciliate this). But what’s on McCain’s mind here is a bit harder to fathom.
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?