Towards A Good Samaritan World

Thursday, February 10, 2005

David Corn asks:

Where are the honest conservatives? I know there are some out there. Or I hope there are. This week, George Bush sent his proposed budget to Congress. Its numbers are more crooked than the books at Enron...

Bush says the deficit will be about $420 billion. That's pretty much a record high, but he claims--not to worry--that his budget places the government on the path to cutting the deficit in half within five years. This is a fantasy...

[Mentions Afghanistan and Iraq, Medicare, improbability of tax cuts being reversed as scheduled...]

Add all of this together--which is something Bush refuses to do--and you come up with budget fraud...

But most Republicans and conservatives are mum. Right-wingers often claim they're for responsibility. Where's their love of responsibility now? If I have missed leading conservatives criticizing the White House for its all-too transparent budget scam, please let me know. It certainly seems most are too far into Bush's pocket to demand honest bookkeeping from the government. With such silence, they are serving their lord, not their fellow citizens.


Well, Arnold Kling cites several conservatives who have complained. And here's Cato banging the drum that this year's cuts are not enough to make up for four years excessive spending.

In general, though, my answer to Corn is: what's the use of complaining when we know the opposition is worse? Democrats have been the party of big beneficent government for three generations. They've shown no sign lately-- at any rate since the end of Clinton's term-- of leap-frogging to the Republicans' right and becoming the libertarian party.

I would guess that many of the 48% who voted for Kerry in 2004 were really voting, not for Kerry, but for gridlock. Much fewer than 48% actually supported Kerry's program. This means the Democrats may have further to fall.

The public is reluctant to trust politicians with their money, and they are particularly reluctant to trust Democrats, because the Democrats have a habit of double-talk. They know the voters dislike the liberal faith, and they have become fairly habituated to use the creeping power of bureaucracies and courts to carry out programs that voters would throw out. The Democrats need to issue a major mea culpa for their past big-spending ways, and articulate a new small-government philosophy. It's not enough to opportunistically parrot conservative words like "responsible." Fools like Kerry should be totally marginalized and virtually druumed out of the party.

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