Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Reply to Bud and his death wish.
Bud Norman writes a blog called Central Standard Times. I shared some thoughts with him.
Why do some fringe brands of Conservative have a death wish? I mean that in a figurative sense of course, since this death wish manifests itself only during an election. But Bud here is a great example. When I began reading him I found a conventional Republican with a talent for droll humor. But as the election cycle heated up the inner maniac showed up. We’re now past he point where Bud’s Hail May passes miss the receiver and he realizes that third party candidates are not going to be the next President. But we still hear the lonely laments that the Republican does not act like the standard issue M1A1 Republican loser.
Here’s an outstanding example of the #NeverTrump mindset as it demands that the Republican nominee cut his throat in the town square at high noon.
“Neither candidate seems at all concerned about the nation’s unaffordable debt, much less expressed a willingness to address the entitlement programs that is driving it…”
Of course that sentence is nonsense on two levels. No one this side of an insane asylum expects the Democrat to do anything but ignore the national debt – or blame it on Bush as Obama did. And the Democrat is guaranteed to fatten current entitlement spending and invent new entitlements. In fact, “free” college education is part of the Democrat platform. So Bud’s not really being honest with his readers when he talks about “neither candidate.” He’s talking about Trump.
He’s demanding that Trump run on the Scrooge platform. He’s demanding that Trump spend the campaign telling people how if he’s elected he’s going to cut Social Security and Medicare and take food out of the mouths of starving orphans and widows. And lest anyone accuse me of hyperbole, keep in mind that during the 2012 elections the Republican ticket was shown throwing a wheelchair-bound grandmother off a cliff.
There are ways of solving our deficit spending problem; ways of making this country and its people less dependent of government and more independent in every way. The last time the budget was near balance was because the economy was growing fast enough that tax receipts actually kept up with spending.
But first you have to get elected. And you do that by appealing to people’s emotions.
Republicans have been doing that for decades by promising their constituents fiscal frugality and loosening the bonds of government. And when they get into office they deliver goodies to the people who bankrolled them while lying to the rubes that they didn’t have to votes to cut spending.
Democrats have an easier path to bribing their voters and supporters: they just tell them right out that they’re going to pass out free stuff from the cornucopia that’s the federal treasury. How’s this for an appeal to the youth of the nation – and their cash strapped parents? “Wanna spend four years partying at State College? Elect us and we’ll pay the bill.”
So this election is not going to be about who’s Scrooge and who’s Santa Claus. It’s a battle between a sick, corrupt woman who’s expecting to ride into office on the coattails of her husband, and a political novice who’s vanquished the corrupt, lying Republican establishment with the promise of Making America Great Again.
I think the novice will win.