2009-01-02

Krugman on Bush's party of Whiners


An amazing Op-Ed from Krugman.
Forty years ago the G.O.P. decided, in effect, to make itself the party of racial backlash. And everything that has happened in recent years, from the choice of Mr. Bush as the party’s champion, to the Bush administration’s pervasive incompetence, to the party’s shrinking base, is a consequence of that decision.

If the Bush administration became a byword for policy bungles, for government by the unqualified, well, it was just following the advice of leading conservative think tanks: after the 2000 election the Heritage Foundation specifically urged the new team to “make appointments based on loyalty first and expertise second.”

Contempt for expertise, in turn, rested on contempt for government in general. “Government is not the solution to our problem,” declared Ronald Reagan. “Government is the problem.” So why worry about governing well?
Wow. Krugman's point on the way race played in here is fascinating, too.

You win Southerners with race by playing the small government card.

If you keep your money, you keep your money.
You give your money to government, it will be handed to "those people".

His conclusion:
Will the Republicans eventually stage a comeback? Yes, of course. But barring some huge missteps by Mr. Obama, that will not happen until they stop whining and look at what really went wrong. And when they do, they will discover that they need to get in touch with the real “real America,” a country that is more diverse, more tolerant, and more demanding of effective government than is dreamt of in their political philosophy.
Well said.

1 comment:

Kevin Moore said...

Hey, buddy - only one liberal Kevin Moore blogging from the PNW at a time.

But seriously, I love the blog title.