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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Why The GOP Establishment Loves Mitt Romney

There's a good post at Protein Wisdom that summarizes Mitt Romney's RINOism. It's scary. Read it all. At the end of the post the author asks a question: 
Why, then, are we told his nomination is inevitable? What is it about Romney that has the GOP establishment desirous of his being named the nominee — so much so that they are tinkering with the primaries to try to get him over as quickly as possible?... ...These aren’t just rhetorical questions. I honestly want to know.
Here is the short answer: The GOP establishment is and always will be an advocate of big government.

Anyone who believes that the GOP establishment is interested in turning Washington, DC into a ghost town is not paying attention to the obvious. At least half of the offices in Washington are occupied by the Republican establishment which also throws at least half of the famous Washington cocktail parties.

The Republican establishment has a huge financial interest, both as an institution and as money-grabbing, greedy players within that institution, in keeping the monstrous Washington bureaucracy alive and functioning. The GOP establishment is no less an elite than the Democrat establishment. Their modus operandi is exactly the same.

Go to Washington, gain a "voice," become rich and influential by palling around with rich and influential policy wonks or working for an established GOP politician, stake out a piece of the action for yourself, retire from public life with a manufactured reputation and a job at a GOP think tank, or find a lasting niche on a lobbyist's payroll or a cush seat around the table of pundits at a cable news network, pretend you're against big government and wasteful spending and, finally and most importantly, become a "Reagan Republican" so gullible voters won't pay attention to those deranged few in the crazy "Tea Party" who actually want to derail the gravy train.

This is truth. Does anyone doubt it? If so, prove it. Give me contrary facts and I'll change my mind.

Ronald Reagan is held up as the ideal GOP candidate because he talked conservative principles. I loved Ronald Reagan. I voted for him, despite my libertarian leanings, mainly because the thought of a second Carter term was hideous. However, Ronald Reagan was no small government conservative. He expanded government. He renigged on his promise to close the department of education.

The sycophants who went to Washington with Reagan are still there. They followed the modus operandi I outlined above. They and their proteges are more entrenched than ever. They ARE the GOP establishment that is fighting to nominate Mitt Romney!

George H.W. Bush was Reagan's VP for eight years. He fathered George Bush and the whole Bush establishment which populates GOP think tanks, lobbyist organizations and a myriad of chairs on cable and mainstream news sets.

A sterling example is William "Bill" Kristol, who has been a pundit at ABC News and is now a fixture at Fox News. Wikipedia has the following entry about Bill Kristol's political career:

After teaching political philosophy and American politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Kristol went to work in government in 1985, serving as chief of staff to Secretary of Education William Bennett during the Reagan administration, and then as Chief of Staff to the Vice President under Dan Quayle in the George H. W. Bush administration. The New Republic dubbed Kristol "Dan Quayle's brain" upon being appointed the Vice President's chief of staff.

He served as chairman of the Project for the Republican Future from 1993 to 1994, and as the director of the Bradley Project at the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee in 1993. In 1993, he rose to fame as he led conservative opposition to the Clinton health care plan.

In 2003, Kristol and Lawrence F. Kaplan wrote, "The War Over Iraq: America's Mission and Saddam's Tyranny," in which the authors analyzed the Bush Doctrine and the history of US-Iraq relations. In the book, Kristol and Kaplan provided support and justifications for war in Iraq.

He also served as a foreign policy advisor for Senator John McCain's presidential campaign.
Bill Kristol is the dean of the Washington establishment GOP. He is an outspoken and leading opponent of the Tea Party, having recently referred to the movement as "an infantile form of conservatism." By the way, is anybody going to be shocked when Bill Kristol endorses Mitt Romney instead of Ron Paul?

Speaking of Ron Paul, the GOP establishment despises him, snickers at him and, along with the mainstream media, treats him as a clown and a buffoon detached from reality. Why?

Because Ron Paul, along with his son and Tea Party spokesman Rand Paul, is serious about derailing the Washington gravy train. That's why Paul is hated by everyone with a VIP ticket to ride on it, including the GOP establishment which has reserved at least half of the cars.

So why is the GOP elite enamored with Mitt Romney?

Because Romney won't stop that Washington gravy train. He merely wants to sit up front and be its engineer-in-chief.


skudrunner said...

Although I am a firm believer that anyone would be a better leader than Obama, the idea of Mitt Romney as the GOP candidate is nauseating

Cain has a lot of good attributes but is weak on other issues. Paul will not receive support from the political establishment because he is to smart and has to many good ideas to reform government.

As much as the GOP says they want to reduce the federal government, they are to entrenched in to current system to consider reform and Paul represents something they fear the most, true change in the way the government functions.

I would like to see the majority of the candidates drop out because all they are accomplishing with the debates is give the leftists mud to sling.

The federal government needs to protect us and deliver the mail, all else should be up to the States.

Sherman Broder said...

If only more people thought the way you do. You'd make a better President than Romney.