An Idea For Republicans…How About Becoming Conservative Again?

Here, we offer a word of advice to politicians…

We saw in the paper that Karl Rove urged Republicans to come up with a new idea if they wish to remain in power. We have a suggestion: How about an old idea? Why don’t the Republicans try becoming conservatives again?

Since few Republicans know what conservatism is, we will spell out a program for them:

1) Balance the Budget
2) Cut taxes
3) Don’t meddle in anyone’s affairs, domestic or foreign, unless you really, really have to

There, that’s simple enough even for a Republican. And at least it would give voters a real choice.

Could this sort of program catch on? No chance. Because too many people have come to expect something for nothing. No one wants to balance the budget, because then the government would have to curtail its program of bread and circuses. No one in government wants to cut taxes, because it would mean less money for the government to spend. And no one wants to stop meddling in other peoples’ business – it would mean giving up too much power and money; what would all the lobbyists, consultants, lawyers and war-profiteers do?

But what about when the middle-class realises it is getting poorer? Won’t voters demand a change of direction?

Yes, they probably will. They will want “Relief!” They will want moratoria on debt collections and foreclosures. They will want lower rates from the Fed and higher spending from their government. They will probably want more war too; bellicosity is the traditional refuge of scoundrels and bankrupts.

Bill Bonner
Markets and Money

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.
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I just read your latest Daily Reckoning, before anything I just have to say keep up the good work, your articles are some of the most insightful and informative pieces that i can find. Anyway i just read your the bit about Returning the Republican Conservatism 1) Balance the Budget 2) Cut taxes 3) Don’t meddle in anyone’s affairs, domestic or foreign, unless you really, really have to I just like to point out that there is one person running for President who has all of those goal in sight. That person is Ron Paul. I really do hope your… Read more »
Chris. Fulker
Bill Bonner, you are quite right: the consumer will demand change when he deduces that all isn’t really sunshine, lollipops and rainbows after all… That change will come in the form you predict. But it is already here – we have Lou Dobbsianism!! This turns even the most individualistic, small-“c” conservative, anti-government-intrusion free enterpriser into an anti-immigrant, anti-free trade, protectionist opponent of “big business”. Liberals, left-wingers, right-wing conspiracy theorists and socialists alike will beg for cheap money and clamour for more bread. Worshippers of governments! Out the window go all previously sacred principles. Flag-waving and jingoism are in: criticism of… Read more »
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