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Two Republicans Kicked Down The Free Market Door: Two Socialists Walked Through

The title almost sounds like the beginning of a joke, unfortunately, it is a bad joke. Upon reading Vice President Dick Cheney’s book, the first thing that occurred to me upon reading about about his time in politics was that, no wonder Conservatives have been put off by the Republican Party. I am new to Conservatism (rather the GOP) for 10 years now and have sat in disbelief and anger at the steps that Republicans have taken to growing the federal government.

In Cheney’s book he talks about his time with Rumsfeld at getting the numbers right for Nixon’s Price Controls which the Democrat Congress had passed, they didn’t think a “free market” guy like Nixon would utilize it and they used it to beat him about the head until he did. Cheney didn’t get how UN-American it was until he had dinner with an assorted group about the Laffer Curve then he realized how bad it was. Specifically, he said and I quote

“By This time I had grown wary of government economic control. At the start of my tenure at the Cost of Living Council (how very 1984 that office sounds,*my words, not his), when I had been immersed in getting things going, I hadn’t had much time to think about it, but by now I realized that every day millions of people were making millions of economic decisions, and it didn’t matter how smart we were or how many regulations we wrote. There wasn’t any way we could intervene without doing more harm them good.”

I cannot believe it took him and Rumsfeld years to understand that by attacking the free market they were creating misery for middle class and poor Americans. I cannot believe that President George Bush then thought doing so with TARP “I have to suspend the free market to save the free market” was a good idea. You see behind both of the President’s decisions, the media created a “superstar” who was going to come in and save America. In both instances, we ended up with a Socialist and this time I will go so far as to say a true Marxist (20 years with Rev Wright and Black Liberation Theology which is steeped in Marxism). The two who followed these supposed fiscal conservatives into office, not only agreed with the policies of the two aforementioned Republican Presidents, they came in to office with policies that took the dismantling of the free market even further. It is apparent to me, that not only should any President attempt to tinker with the free market, they should get the onerous federal government out of the way, period. The suffering behind these policies by the middle class (which is disappearing) and the poor (who will not climb the ladder) only ever seems to benefit the rich friends of these Presidents, and I speak of all four of them. No doubt Carter and Obama have and had taken the robin hood theme to a twisted horror story, people like Jeffrey Immelt of GE and Warren Buffet who are truly sucking up the very capital of the small businessman and woman into their free ride on the backs of all Americans, they truly are taking from the poor to give to the rich. I find the the first quarter of Cheney’s book as he describes the offices he worked in with Rumsfeld to be nauseating, I kept thinking to myself, these are liberal policies being driven by Republicans.

I have real hope that the TEA Party which is being beat up by both Democrats and inside the beltway Republicans will truly be the backbone of Conservatism in this Country. It will be the millions upon millions who are standing up and saying enough, who are teaching their kids what has been sorely lacking in this Country for a long time and that is Conservatism. It is the one ideology that has not been front and center and the one that deserves an opportunity to flourish. This country needs to shake off the federal governments big brother approach and allow all Americans to have a real chance and prosperity. It is not enough any more for Republicans like Sen Hatch and the two Maine Republicans to say in their last year that they are suddenly free market thinkers, when the obvious about them has been true for their time in the Senate. I believe it is either time for the TEA Party to takeover every lever of power from the GOP or lets just peel back the band-aid and get a true Conservative Party moving. The back and forth with the Republican Party has been an absolute nightmare for Conservative Americans and either we change it, or we stop complaining and accept this quasi Socialist utopia that the Political Class has decided we need.

JadedByPolitics
Whoever has his enemy at his mercy & does not destroy him is his own enemy

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  1. I don’t think accepting it is an option. Accepting it would be accepting the false ‘hope’ that Obama raised. There is a true ‘hope’ that comes from the American experiment which was born of the Ages of Reason and Enlightenment which cannot be fueled by Socialism. Socialism is mediocrity devolving into nihilism. The girls from Maine who think they are all that are no different than Jay Rockefeller – where in the hell do they think they came from?

  2. Jaded, excellent column and especially your question/observation as to why it took so long for Cheney/Rummy to understand the effects of Big Government on the economy, the middle class and the poor. And that was in the early 1970s!

    It took you and I until the late 90s and we had the benefit of the experience of the 70s, 80s and 90s!

    But why is conservative economics such a hard sell? Its complicated, but let’s explore the matter.

    First, a suggested timeline on American political/economic ideology:

    Most all Americans from before the Founding through the 1870-80s would be deemed conservatives. Those that favored a bigger and more powerful federal government (and even very large intrusive roles for state governments with some exceptions) never advocated anything near even Calvin Coolidge’s minimalist version.

    The only narrow exception was what Lincoln did to keep the Union together in the face of armed rebellion

    The progressive movement began its eventual takeover of BOTH parties in the late 19th Century. Those that expanded it exponentially in the 1930s were those that got a taste of it under Wilson’s WW1 machine, but it took a crisis of capitalism that began on Hoover’s Black Friday stock market crash to begin to get addiction to government started.

    FDR faced minimal conservative opposition in the 30s despite his failures and then came WWII which required Big Government.

    Then came the 1950s in which the GOP dominated Congress and Ike (while reducing the size of the war machine) that kept most of the New Deal in place and expanded it. This general expansion of government has essentially continued to this day with only momentary halts under Reagan and Newt.

    Why did not the US economy fail utterly due to essentially liberal economic policy for most of the past 60 years?

    For 20-25 years it was because all of the rest of our competitors were destroyed by WWII and because our socialism was at such an early stage, unlike those in Europe.

    Plus, we had the JFK and Reagan fixes.

    But we also had a long stage of stagnation in the 70s.

    So, the evidence seen by most Americans of the major differences between conservatives and liberals was obscured by continued prosperity and the lack of much of a conservative movement that only began in the mid-50s by Buckley and seemed pitiful after the Goldwater defeat which was only 6-7 years before Cheney and Rummy saw the light.

    But the slow growth of government continued even thru Reagan and Newt and only in 2008 reached the tipping point so that finally a majority of Americans may be able to internalize the valuable lesson due to Obama and Dem super-majorities being held accountable.

    But it is hard to get people off their govt $$ addiction. Its still hard to run on austerity.

    We have a harder task. Yes, you and I has epiphanies, and everything is clear to us now. But what of the transition?

    We need to remember how long we were Democrats and have pity and compassion for those still in the dark.

    Obama is showing the masses the light for us!

    Dems are converting every day.

    more later

    • I guess my shock and sadness is for those who have always been conservative and how heartbreaking that they never get the benefit of their support for the GOP. That each time you think you have gotten the person who will correct the damage of the Democrats, he slides right into their pockets.

      BTW Cheney was a Democrat in college because his family were Democrats…interesting sidenote that, huh 🙂

      Dems have to convert, because they have no idea who this progressive party is and its not the Democrats they grew up with.

        • As was I, GC and Jaded. Probably the worst vote I ever cast was for Carter in ’80. I didn’t realize the damage he had done until years later. But I did vote Reagan in ’84, even though I was still fuzzy about how bad Carter was. I was in my learning phase then, still not convinced towards the GOP completely, but doubting what I thought the Dems stood for, the “little guy”. Then some guy named Clinton came along and the far left wing really started tipping their hand.

          I took notice then.

  1. I don’t think accepting it is an option. Accepting it would be accepting the false ‘hope’ that Obama raised. There is a true ‘hope’ that comes from the American experiment which was born of the Ages of Reason and Enlightenment which cannot be fueled by Socialism. Socialism is mediocrity devolving into nihilism. The girls from Maine who think they are all that are no different than Jay Rockefeller – where in the hell do they think they came from?

  2. Jaded, excellent column and especially your question/observation as to why it took so long for Cheney/Rummy to understand the effects of Big Government on the economy, the middle class and the poor. And that was in the early 1970s!

    It took you and I until the late 90s and we had the benefit of the experience of the 70s, 80s and 90s!

    But why is conservative economics such a hard sell? Its complicated, but let’s explore the matter.

    First, a suggested timeline on American political/economic ideology:

    Most all Americans from before the Founding through the 1870-80s would be deemed conservatives. Those that favored a bigger and more powerful federal government (and even very large intrusive roles for state governments with some exceptions) never advocated anything near even Calvin Coolidge’s minimalist version.

    The only narrow exception was what Lincoln did to keep the Union together in the face of armed rebellion

    The progressive movement began its eventual takeover of BOTH parties in the late 19th Century. Those that expanded it exponentially in the 1930s were those that got a taste of it under Wilson’s WW1 machine, but it took a crisis of capitalism that began on Hoover’s Black Friday stock market crash to begin to get addiction to government started.

    FDR faced minimal conservative opposition in the 30s despite his failures and then came WWII which required Big Government.

    Then came the 1950s in which the GOP dominated Congress and Ike (while reducing the size of the war machine) that kept most of the New Deal in place and expanded it. This general expansion of government has essentially continued to this day with only momentary halts under Reagan and Newt.

    Why did not the US economy fail utterly due to essentially liberal economic policy for most of the past 60 years?

    For 20-25 years it was because all of the rest of our competitors were destroyed by WWII and because our socialism was at such an early stage, unlike those in Europe.

    Plus, we had the JFK and Reagan fixes.

    But we also had a long stage of stagnation in the 70s.

    So, the evidence seen by most Americans of the major differences between conservatives and liberals was obscured by continued prosperity and the lack of much of a conservative movement that only began in the mid-50s by Buckley and seemed pitiful after the Goldwater defeat which was only 6-7 years before Cheney and Rummy saw the light.

    But the slow growth of government continued even thru Reagan and Newt and only in 2008 reached the tipping point so that finally a majority of Americans may be able to internalize the valuable lesson due to Obama and Dem super-majorities being held accountable.

    But it is hard to get people off their govt $$ addiction. Its still hard to run on austerity.

    We have a harder task. Yes, you and I has epiphanies, and everything is clear to us now. But what of the transition?

    We need to remember how long we were Democrats and have pity and compassion for those still in the dark.

    Obama is showing the masses the light for us!

    Dems are converting every day.

    more later

    • I guess my shock and sadness is for those who have always been conservative and how heartbreaking that they never get the benefit of their support for the GOP. That each time you think you have gotten the person who will correct the damage of the Democrats, he slides right into their pockets.

      BTW Cheney was a Democrat in college because his family were Democrats…interesting sidenote that, huh 🙂

      Dems have to convert, because they have no idea who this progressive party is and its not the Democrats they grew up with.

        • As was I, GC and Jaded. Probably the worst vote I ever cast was for Carter in ’80. I didn’t realize the damage he had done until years later. But I did vote Reagan in ’84, even though I was still fuzzy about how bad Carter was. I was in my learning phase then, still not convinced towards the GOP completely, but doubting what I thought the Dems stood for, the “little guy”. Then some guy named Clinton came along and the far left wing really started tipping their hand.

          I took notice then.

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