Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ideological battle - or politics as usual?

House minority whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) told "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos that he strongly disagrees with Rush Limbaugh's statement that it's okay to want Obama's plan to fail if it calls for the elimination of capitalism and individual liberty. "I don't think anyone wants anything to fail right now," Cantor said. "We have such challenges. What we need to do is we need to put forth solutions to the problems that real families are facing today."

It apparently doesn't matter to Cantor that solutions are not merely being put forth, they're being imposed at gunpoint through the coercive arm of the state. They will provide at best only temporary aid and will in the not-so-long run make life hell on earth for those he claims to be helping.

There is such a thing as economic law, and the third-best thing government could be do right now is close shop and go home. If they slashed spending, killed the Fed, killed the income tax, and eliminated regulations first, that would be even better, but still not the best thing it could do to help people.

It's interesting, too, that when a Republican is in the White House, "conservatives" like Limbaugh don't give a damn about capitalism and individual liberty. Anything the Republican Decider proclaims is perfectly okay.

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