I’ve mentioned before the coterie of standard bearers that I find useful to check in with from time to time (Rush, Ann, Charles), not so much to get marching orders (how convenient for the left) but as a sounding board/backstop, to reinforce opinions already reached (when they go off the deep end, they really go canonball), or to discover an angle I had not thought of. And probably the guy preeminent on that list is Mark Levin. I wrote a post several months ago disagreeing with Levin and his illogical (at least to me) rants attacking Christie. The other day I heard a radio snippet whereby he wanted those peeing Marines decorated, can’t even remotely go there. But pound for pound, he sees the forest for the trees better then most. Here is something from yesterday:
Yes, he is there to hawk his book, how Bain Capital of him, greedy bastard.
He hits a number of themes, all worthy of discussion, but I’m going to include a few here. He asks where this fundamental position exists whereby the stated goal is to level the playing field, to transition America to reduce income inequality, I know. Margaret Thatcher knew, a shared misery is more preferable then a tide rising ALL boats. But it is more insipid then that. We got a glimpse of this Noblesse oblige attitude with Hillary and her attempt to bullrush universal healthcare during her husband’s term, when she admitted that government sometimes needs to save it’s citizens from themselves, to make hard choices because they know better then the people what is good for them. This Marie Antoinette attitude of let them eat cake, the self anointed position the democrats have adopted whereby they are charged with championing the down trodden, the dis enfranchised, the discriminated, and the indigent, it gets them votes. Eating the rich is one way to appear benevolent and noble.
Neil asked Mark how today, and the challenges in front of us today, are different from say that of the Great Depression or the turn of the century. For one, we are in a $15 trillion dollar hole. The size and scope of the federal government (and its ravenous appetite), the expectations by those takers (not the providers), those that do not pay taxes and do not contribute to society but are a drain, they have grown both in numbers and their expectations of what is owed them, and also because today more than ever, world markets are inextricably linked, where we all hear and are affected by that lone tree falling in the forest, European bankruptcies (and our’s close behind) affect other nation’s economies.
TARP was also mentioned, with the usual finger pointing. Although the notion of Too Big To Fail hopefully has been buried once and for all, I am willing to give the original signatories a derision pass, given the circumstances at the time, as long as everyone adopts the position that ,”tried that once because we didn’t know better, now we do so never again”.
An orange juice can over Ron Paul, I need a minute to let that idea whaff over me. BTW, did anyone catch Paul’s incredible about face over killing OBL in last night’s debate? He is a slippery sucker. But his zero tax bracket idea was interesting (all candidates had to go on the record with their highest tax bracket, Paul’s was zero) crazy, but interesting.
I get the urgency that something must be done soon to stay the course and right the ship, and the elections this year could go a long way in that needed first step, but I just don’t see any quick painless fixes, for ourselves, the Europeans, or the world markets in general.