Saturday, February 16, 2013

Krugman And Josh Marshall At TPM Just Don't Get It.For Conservatives It's Not All About Money; It's Still Ethics, Values, And Life

Paul Krugman in reviewing the Republicans response to President Obama's State of the Union address chose to dissect what Marco Rubio said about the economy in his rebuttal. That would be expected of course coming from a leftist economist. What also would be expected, was Krugman's ludicrous all encompassing statement "he and his party are now committed to the belief that their pre-crisis doctrine was perfect" 

The irony of his preceding comment that "OK, leave on one side the caricature of Obama, with the usual mirror-image fallacy " seems to have escaped him

No, not all members of the GOP consider that the Bush administration's pre-crisis economics were perfect-far from it. It is ludicrous to state, as Krugman does in yet another blanket piece of nonsense, that " [given] another shot at power, they’ll test that thesis by giving the bankers a chance to do it all over again."

These laughable, and frankly stereotypical notions,  show that Krugman is better as an economist in propounding theory, than he is as a polemicist. What can be said with impunity is that Krugman, and the left in general, miss the point in their wholesale characterization of conservatives in America.

Yes, most certainly,  the economic aspect of government policy is a major consideration for conservatives. So also are a raft of other items including, immigration, the second amendment, foreign policy, especially concerning Israel, and states rights. 

If we accept the "progressive' lefts concept of the GOP as including "the 1%" then that would mean that up to 99% of rank and file Republicans care for other things beside personal enrichment and ruining the economy by reckless banking techniques-if that is what the 1% are about in leftists fantasies.

Josh Marshall at TPM repeats the same ludicrous straw man nonsense that everyone in the GOP, fat cats and "Tea Party types" alike will fight each other to the death over trivia. But all agree that the Bush administration did nothing wrong. 

"Since neither the Tea Party types or the big donors and the campaign operatives working for them are thinking of repudiating a Republican administration that lost two wars and wrecked the economy, they are left to air their differences on issues no one besides campaign junkies cares about. The self-styled conservatives complain that Rove and his people say mean things about them; the moneybags wing is dedicated to recruiting candidates who will avoid gaffes."

This is of course patent nonsense, and Tea Party voices have been loud and clear that never again will a Romney or an Establishment type candidate be forced on them, and never again will the GOP go back to big spending governments.

But, leaving aside the simple minded blanketing of all Republicans as being blind to the Bush administrations economic failings, it is preposterous to state that the differences between the establishment and the Tea Party are "issues no one besides campaign junkies cares about". Conservatives care about the very real problems I outlined above. They Care deeply about ethics and morality in government, and they care deeply about the sanctity of human life. 

What TPM, Krugman and the left decided was not worth commenting on ( the idiot left, which includes the MSM thought that Rubio's water bottle was a matter of much import) was one of the concluding statements of Rubio's address which marks the core of conservative thought. 

"And the truth is every problem can’t be solved by government. Many are caused by the moral breakdown in our society. And the answers to those challenges lie primarily in our families and our faiths, not our politicians."

If there is a true conservative candidate, e.g. Sarah Palin or someone with her ideals in 2016, it will be these aspects, as well as an economy different from the Bush and Obama administrations, which will be of import to "more than just political junkies". These are the heart and soul of conservatism no matter which candidate espouses them in 2016. 

That they escape the ken of leftists, except when they deride them, is no accident.

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