The Price Of Bad Governance And Policy

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This was brought to my attention by favorite podcaster Dan Carlin via his latest Common Sense podcast “The Leadership Triangle“. Many may not like Pat Buchanan, but he’s out of the PC loop, freeing him to write whatever he feels must be said, damned the consequences, and here he writes about the consequences of the Republican and Democrats insistence of maintaining the empire. Here is a snippet:

Liquidation of this empire should have begun with the end of the Cold War. Now it is being forced upon us by the deficit-debt crisis. Like GM, we can’t kick this can up the road any more, because we have come to the end of the road.

Republicans will fight new taxes. Democrats will fight to save social programs. Which leaves the American empire as the logical lead cow for the butcher’s knife.

Indeed, how do conservatives justify borrowing hundreds of billions yearly from Europe, Japan and the Gulf states — to defend Europe, Japan and the Arab Gulf states? Is it not absurd to borrow hundreds of billion annually from China — to defend Asia from China? Is it not a symptom of senility to borrow from all over the world in order to defend that world?

In their Mount Vernon declaration of principles, conservatives called the Constitution their guiding star. But did not the author of that constitution, James Madison, warn us that wars are the death of republics?

Under Bush II, conservatives, spurning the wisdom of their fathers, let themselves be seduced, neo-conned into enlisting in a Wilsonian crusade that had as its declared utopian goal “ending tyranny in our world.”

How could conservatives whose defining virtue is prudence and who pride themselves on following the lamp of experience have been taken into camp by the hustlers and hucksters of empire?

One of the reasons I remain so skeptical of the Conservative / Tea Party movement, is that the less government / less spending crusade appears to be nothing more than a charade. We agree that the current size of government is simply unsustainable, yet when pressed on exactly where the cuts to government will come from….. silence. While talking to a rabidly conservative friend a couple of weeks ago, I suggested that the easiest way to mitigate the social security crisis is to have the benefits means tested…. he almost threw up! OK. He was pretty drunk at the time and his response may have had something to do with that, but still he was rabidly against such a notion. Cities across the country, faced with gigantic budget deficits, are having to do the unthinkable – cut police and fire services in order to balance the budgets. They have no choice. There is no printing spigot to generate more cash. Even GM shuttered some of its dealers and shed a few nameplates, something unimaginable a few years ago. And for as much carping on George W Bush that you hear from conservative circles concerning his spending and growth of government, what GWB initiated programs are you going to cut; Department of Homeland Security? A few changes in info sharing laws would have fixed most of the pre-9/11 intelligence shortcomings. No Child Left Behind? Please cut that one. Medicare-D? That one is expensive… Oh, you just campaigned on not cutting medicare for Seniors in order to defeat the Obamacare bill…. Nevermind.

I’m sorry, but I find the new Conservative commitment to decreasing the size of government as bankrupt as the government they claim to dislike.

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