Monday, August 01, 2011

How compromise kills conservatism

The media has been all over the tea party faithful for their non willingness to "compromise" on the debt deal. (Nevermind, that democrats have been totally unwilling to touch their sacred cows)

Has it ever occurred to any of these people that conservative "compromise" is how we ended up in this mess to begin with?

Let's use an example. Let's say a group of liberals want to budget a subsidy for, oh, say, mohair.

Of course the conservative response should be, "why should we subsidize mohair over something like mink, chinchilla etc. Let's let the private market place determine what mohair prices are and not Sam Donaldson."

But then we hit the 11th hour and "conservatives" like John McCain, not wanting to be called a hobbit, concede a 5% mohair subsidy on the basis of "compromise".

Now let's review the transaction.

After passage, are we now closer to true conservative fiscal policy or socialism?

Of course, liberalism is the only government world view where your failures mean you get more of it. So, in the next round of budget negotiations, liberals wail about how the poor mohair farmer can't make ends meet despite the previous subsidy. They want more.

And, once again, those hobbit evading John McCain's of the world "compromise" by only budgeting a 10% increase where liberals wanted 15%. Again, are we closer to socialism or libertarianism?

Hey! it's a conservative success story right? If you are a liberal media member extolling the virtues of "legislating" to get things done.

All the while, we end up with 1.4 TRILLION DOLLAR budget deficits and no where to cut.

I think we need more hobbits, fewer McCain's.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thus the reason why bipartisan almost always means unethical. Most people want to eliminate the two party system and with two opposing factions in the GOP, we essentially have three parties: Democrats, Republicans, and the Tea Party. No party can pass legislation without another party's buy in. It's a shame that all three parties' buy in isn't absolutely needed, but the end result is that legislation doesn't get passed unless it's ethical as backroom dealings won't take legislation across the finish line anymore.

The grand irony is that if Congress does nothing, spending goes down via default and a defacto balanced budget. The more work politicians do on our behalf, the more money that gets spent. As Reagan said, if government is the problem, less of it is the solution.