Friday, January 22, 2010

Mr Brown Goes to Washington

Scott Brown appears to be a rare breed of politician. Not because he's a Republican in a sea of Democrats or because he drives a truck (and not a Prius).

Peggy Noonan's column, The New Political Rumbling, offers a clue to Mr. Brown's "revolutionary" ideas. In an interview with Brown:
He said he thought the president "inherited a lot of problems," that "he's doing a great job with North Korea, a nice job with Afghanistan." A centerpiece of Mr. Brown's campaign was opposition to the president's health-care plan, but he stressed that he opposes high spending wherever it comes from. "I've criticized President Bush for his failure to use his veto pen. There's plenty of blame to go around. The question is how solve problems. It's not bailouts. What made America great? Free markets, free enterprise, manufacturing, job creation. That's how we're gonna do it, not by enlarging government."
Self-evident, but rare convictions in modern halls of power.

George W. Bush said that he needed to suspend (I think that was the word) his free market ideals to "save" the US economy.

Absurd.

Capitalism needs failure. Excesses need to be purged. This crisis needed more capitalism, not less. Socializing losses is a recipe for disaster and disaffection.

Today, Bush says he regrets his "interventionist" course of action. And well he should. Too bad President Obama doesn't have such qualms. From automobiles to student loans and healthcare (with or without additional "reform"), the government intrudes into the private sector. It won't end well.

Good Luck, Senator Brown.

Don't ever forsake the principles that made America.

7 comments:

  1. You really believe that though?

    Republicans running for things or posturing say that stuff every single time. They never actually do what they say.

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  2. Don't care what party Brown is from. Just hope he follows through. And very few politicians trumpet free market principles these days. Just a debate about how much government control.

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  3. Are you serious? The stuff he said there is 100% Republican talking points.

    Here, straight from their website: http://gop.com/index.php/learn/what_we_believe/

    Small government is a better government for the people

    The Republican Party, like our nation's founders, believes that government must be limited so that it never becomes powerful enough to infringe on the rights of individuals.
    You know what to do with your money better than government

    The Republican Party supports low taxes because individuals know best how to make their own economic and charitable choices.
    Free markets keep people free

    The Republican Party is supportive of logical business regulations that encourage entrepreneurs to start more businesses so more individuals can enjoy the satisfaction and fruits of self-made success.

    You can be what you are, and become what you are capable of becoming

    The Republican Party is inspired by the power and ingenuity of the individual to succeed through hard work, family support and self-discipline.
    Helping those around you is worthwhile

    The Republican Party believes in the value of voluntary giving and community support over taxation and forced redistribution.

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  4. I understand what the Republican party stands for. Please don't lecture me on the obvious. They point is that most politicians... Republican and Democrat argue about the degree of government involvement.

    Free market ideals are on the decline. Dead in the Democratic party and unfulfilled in the Republican party.

    I agree that this is what Republicans stand for.

    Talk about preaching to the choir.

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  5. Well yeah see that's where we differ.... I think it's pretty clear that that's what almost all Republicans SAY they stand for. But it's what pretty much none of them actually do stand for. I don't see how this guy is likely to be an exception, but hey what do I know. He says the same things as the others, so good for him.

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  6. LV - nice to see you here again! Yes, I'm quite curious about this Brown fellow as well. But anyway, I recently came across this quote that I wanted to share:

    "The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods." -- H. L. Mencken

    (About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._Mencken)

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  7. Sounds like "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat

    Government has its moments. Where's George Washington when you need him ;-)

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