As much as it pains me to say it, the Reagan revolution is dead. Any lingering momentum from that movement has been squashed by Barack Obama and the democratic resurgence around the country. Now conservatives have every bit as much of an up hill fight as they did in 1978. I never thought it would come to this. I overestimated the logic of a small government that knows it’s bounds, and under-estimated the public appetite for a nanny with candy.
I told someone the other day that “George Bush single-handedly destroyed the conservative movement.” That’s not fair. He had help. The fact of the matter is, that voters who sent people to Washington to shrink the size of government feel betrayed, and they have no confidence in republicans. The only reason they still vote for republicans is that they have only worse choices.
Many of those republicans spoke loudly in this election.
We certainly needed change, but I fear the change that’s coming. Barack Obama is one thing, but wait until the nuts in congress get going with their agenda. The government should be a facilitator, and steer clear of restrictive mandates, or social engineering. This should be the role of government.
Barack Obama gained a lot of ground, because he talked about how tough it is out there. It is tough. Obama stressed how the government was going to help. 95% of Americans will get a tax cut. We do need help. I’ll take the $1200 or $1500 sure, but does that mean the government will give me $5000 in a couple of years so I can stay afloat? Is that how we fix this? Keep supplementing 50% of the population?
The problem is, that to really fix the problem, you have to attack the root cause.
My guess is that medical expenses will still be high in 5 years. I have medical insurance, and still can’t afford medical care. We have to bring down the costs, but not by mandating fees. The government’s role in this matter should be to facilitate the kind of competition that drives costs lower. Continued consolidation of health care will certainly make things less expensive for giant health care systems, and will no doubt make things easier for our insurance companies, but it allows giant health care providers to set the price without worrying about competition.
If we made more money it would be easier for us to pay for medical care or gasoline. The government could mandate a minimum wage like the unions and progressives want, but is that the American way? Wages will go up naturally as demand for labor goes up. For 2 decades we have not controlled our borders and have allowed millions of illegal immigrants into this country to artificially increase the supply of labor. This “extra” labor supply has suppressed the labor rate.
The role of the media in our political process has become troublesome. Some say, “it has always been this way,” and in some ways they are right. If you look back at elections from the early part of our nations history you will certainly find media that sided with one candidate or another. Today’s media seems to have sided with an ideology. The media bias seems to be out of control and widespread. The same media that has pounded George Bush since 2000, was totally in the tank for Obama, and only sparsely admitted as much. This democratic victory is as much theirs as it is Barack Obama’s.
The old media will no doubt be pushing for the fairness doctrine. If it passes, it will be at the expense of that media and the bill of rights. What I mean by that is that if people can’t get what they need from radio or television they will move to a media that carries their desired content. Internet radio is up and running, and will become the new home of talk radio if the AM band won’t carry their programming. Similarly, if broadcast and cable television content is controlled by the government, then sources like you tube will flourish.
We must do something to instill American ideals into our children. It’s hard to expect people to understand what America is supposed to be if we don’t teach it, and there can be little doubt that millions of Americans feel entitled to the American dream.
The American dream, however, requires hard work and is in no way a birth rite.