The Closing of the Conservative Mind

Preach it, brother Frum

We are likely soon to have a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, maybe the U.S. Senate too. And what will that majority do? The answer seems to be: They have not a clue. Unlike the Republican House and Senate majorities of 1994, unlike the Republican Senate majority of 1980, these new majorities will arrive with only slogans for a policy agenda.
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The loser is a conservative political movement waiting at the end of the intellectual conveyor belt for a product that increasingly arrives so shoddy and defective that it might as well not come at all.

(h/t @mattyglesias)

8 comments:

J said... / Sep 3, 2010, 12:46:00 AM  

They don't need to push anything. Cut spending and try to "reform" a few things and I'm a happy camper. The essence of conservatism is "standing athwart history yelling STOP", as the late great William F. Buckley said. That's what we do, try and thrawrt attempts at expanding the state, period. That's why private savings accounts for social security, tort reform, welfare reform, etc. are all things conservatives push for when the original creators of said programs are usually on the left...usually. Welfare reform is the most poignant example since Frum mentions the 1994 Congress. What he leaves out is that Clinton vetoed welfare reform a few times, because lefties were screaming that people would be sleeping on grates. He signed it near the elections of 1996, and it's probably the only domestic program in which he presided over that gets bipartisan credit for it regardless of the motivation behind him signing it. In addition, Obama is no Clinton (a moderate Dem who governed a red state and a politician with a desire to be reelected). So, the only clue Republicans need is to approach every Democratic sponsored bill with a high degree of skepticism and fillibuster if they have to. Because in the end, we'll end up "reforming" every liberal initiative 40 years later (healthcare, welfare, torts, social security). Conservatives are skeptical and believe in the law of unintended consequences, which the left never considers since that gets in the way of grandiose dreams of insuring everybody, a green economy, free beer and wing fridays at the local bowling alley, and making everyone equally miserable.

Codester said... / Sep 4, 2010, 2:01:00 AM  

It always about money, isn't it.
:)

J said... / Sep 4, 2010, 3:01:00 AM  

For the left, absolutely

The synonym for leftist is gold digger

Codester said... / Sep 4, 2010, 2:07:00 PM  

Trust me... we're letting you keep your tax cut, Mr. SoNotInTheTopTwoPercent.

Quit whining. This couldn't go on forever.
http://is.gd/eV32C

J said... / Sep 6, 2010, 4:27:00 AM  

"we're letting you keep your tax cut"

How do you know?

And really...think about what you're saying. "We're letting you KEEP your tax cut"

is the same thing as saying

"We're letting you keep more of the money you earned"

And the argument in favor of tax cuts was made by outgoing Obama Council of Economic Advisors chair.

"Romer, the economics professor, says raising rates now will be “highly contractionary.” Will Romer, the president’s adviser, speak up and tell the public that letting the Bush tax cuts expire will hamper the recovery? Or will she toe the party line and not tell Americans the public policy implications of her own academic research?"

http://www.independent.org/blog/index.php?p=6958

Codester said... / Sep 6, 2010, 5:40:00 PM  

J said...
And really...think about what you're saying. "We're letting you KEEP your tax cut" is the same thing as saying "We're letting you keep more of the money you earned"

I'm not opposed to the govt taking a tiny fraction more out of "the money I earned" AND the money you earned (which they're not in the first place) to help my fellow countrymen or pay for programs and services that make this the greatest nation on earth. That's the price of living in a comfortable civilized society. And speaking of civilized societies... it's one of the lowest percentages there is.

You guys really are a bunch of pansies over an extra (less than) 4%... that isn't even being levied on your tax rate in the first place.

"...The economy performed better under those slightly higher Clinton-era rates than during the Bush era..." http://is.gd/eY60k

Codester said... / Sep 6, 2010, 5:48:00 PM  

Seriously... straight up pansies. http://is.gd/eB37O

J said... / Sep 8, 2010, 12:23:00 AM  

"to help my fellow countrymen or pay for programs and services that make this the greatest nation on earth"


Programs and services do not make a great nation. Norway has plenty of those. Would you call it the greatest nation on earth? Fuck no you wouldn't. No one in the third world living under tyranny is crying out for the Norweigans to help them.


"I'm not opposed to the govt taking a tiny fraction more out of "the money I earned" AND the money you earned"

I'm not either. But when the average worker has to work 4-5 months to pay taxes, we've got a problem.


"You guys really are a bunch of pansies over an extra (less than) 4%... that isn't even being levied on your tax rate in the first place."

Again, how do you know?


And I'll take a quote from that article and explain it

"This punctures a hole in the Republican claim that it is OK to cut taxes without offsetting spending cuts because the increased economic growth will in turn increase tax revenue."

There's no one at least that's a conservative that believes this. Conservatives stayed home in '06 due to what they perceived as Bush's overspending. If there's one thing we bash Bush on, it was spending. Reagan wanted to eliminate the Dept of Education entirely. And he's the conserva-Jesus.

And from the chart you sent me, they called it the roaring 20's because Coolidge cut taxes and helped spur investment.


"...The economy performed better under those slightly higher Clinton-era rates than during the Bush era..."

The author leaves out that clinton cut capital gains rates. It's pretty hard to call out "intellectual dishonesty" while practicing it.

http://tinyurl.com/2atq2bq


"The real economic boom occurred in the latter half of the decade, after the 1997 tax cut. Low taxes are still a key to a strong economy."

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