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An Overdue Book

Ralph56 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 11:34 AM
Bill Whittle said it so well in a recent appearance at a Conservative dinner (paraphrased) "We don't believe the Conservative principles, because we can't articulate them" and proceeded to give brilliant, concise, and compelling responses to the usual liberal pap questions that would resonate with anyone with a micron of common sense.
Ghost of the Republic Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 11:48 AM
Ralph56:

In the interests of full disclosure, I am a registered Independent.

However, you raise an important point. Why are Republicans instinctively incapable of articulating their economic ideology? Why do they consistently concede philosophical defeat to the shallow sound-bytes of "bumper sticker" economists?
Keep the change Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:05 PM
Because they are detestable RINOs. They hate conservatives and are jealous of their successes. Face it, they are progressive libs at heart. Just a little lesser in degree than 0c0mmie
JustMC Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:08 PM
Ralph, Ghost,

I know what Mr. Whittle meant. But I think it is more precise, clear and useful to put it the other way round. The GOP cannot articulate the sound economic principles of free markets BECAUSE the GOP (on the whole) does not believe in those principles. The establishment GOP is just another party of Big Government. The GOP *pitches* free markets and liberty but, like the Democrats, doesn't really *vote* for those things. Doing so would mean standing up to big agra, big healthcare, the banks, the defense contractors, etc. And until voters DEMAND such, they won't.

Just like the Democrats *talk* about helping the poor while lobbing them crumbs, while getting in bed with the same big Agra, big healthcare, banks...
JustMC Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:12 PM
...and defense contractors.

The GOP isn't actually committed to their so-called principles. And that lack of commitment shows through because they CANNOT pursue the policies they want without straying from those principles. Following through on their rhetoric would expose their own hypocrisy. So, they mutter a bunch of half-measures but obfuscate (and lose the principled message) before they talk themselves into a hopeless corner that exposes them for the big-government anti-Constitutionalists they are.
Ghost of the Republic Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:16 PM
JustMC/Keep the change:

You both make valid points...whenever "Big Government" and "Big Business" get together I am the only one who gets scr*wed. Just to clarify, what do you believe to be the ultimate agenda of the RINO/GOP Establishment?
Ghost of the Republic Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:39 PM
JustMC/Keep the change:

You both make valid points...whenever "Big Government" and "Big Business" get together I am the only one who gets scr*wed. Just to clarify, what do you believe to be the ultimate agenda of the RINO/GOP Establishment?
Ghost of the Republic Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:54 PM
Sorry for the double-response...probably TH server issues.
If everyone in America had read Stephen Moore's new book, "Who's The Fairest of Them All?", Barack Obama would have lost the election in a landslide.

The point here is not to say, "Where was Stephen Moore when we needed him?" A more apt question might be, "Where was the whole economics profession when we needed them?" Where were the media? For that matter, where were the Republicans?

Since "Who's The Fairest of Them All?" was published in October, there was little chance that it would affect this year's election. But this little gem of a book exposes,...