Tim Carney in a recent column argues that if the GOP takes the Senate this fall the party “could wage war on crony capitalism.”
Unfortunately this is unlikely to happen. (At least this time around.)
I’ll say this for the Democrats when it comes to corruption. They don’t really hide it. Everyone knows that the Dem machines in the Northeast and on the West Coast are full of union winks and nods. Everyone knows that it’s pay to play in New York, Chicago, Boston, and California. It’s understood and in many ways accepted.
But the Republicans have long acted like they were above this. That indeed the Republican Party was and is the party of good governance, of the suburbs, and middle class accountability. This was the spirit of Reagan for instance.
In the attached article Glenn Reynolds examines the new, increasingly stratified America.
In fairness Romney is probably not fully involved at this point. The establishment Republicans are seeking desperately to find a candidate which keeps the current GOP power structure in place.
One of the points we try to make here at ACC is that it’s not that “bad” people are in government and that what we need are “good” people to come in and take the reins. It is of course a very good thing when we are lucky enough to have honest people representing us in Washington, and it does happen, but generally it is the system that is the problem. It is too large. It runs too much of our lives. There is too much power vested in Washington. This power attracts the power hungry like moths to a bug zapper and often corrupts the decent people who find themselves in DC.
I would actually argue that this is an antiquated way of looking at things. I would be more interested to know which cities leaned more toward statism and which generally leaned away.
I don’t remember who said this but it is absolutely true. One Ron Paul in Congress can be ignored and marginalized. But 20 Ron Pauls in Congress and House leadership has a big time problem.
Yes, this is the genius masterstroke the DC GOP has been waiting for.
You have to hand it to the establishment. They keep trying. So what if Romney is another big government Republican which a large part of the GOP vote couldn’t really support in 2012. The consultants which got paid big time during the 2012 Romney run could get paid again! And if Romney could somehow get the nomination it would be another blow to the libertarian/conservative coalition in the Tea Party. Win/win. Well not for the American people, and probably not for Mitt Romney. But certainly a win for the folks who work in Downtown DC.
The barbarians are now inside the gates and things are absolutely changing. What is happening in Los Angeles is happening across the country. The libertarians are driving the GOP toward a more across the board small government philosophy. They are making big government conservatives uneasy and changing the dynamics of the American 2 party system.