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.
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