I always find it interesting when writers on the left write articles like this, and completely avoid mentioning Ronald Reagan, like he didn't exist. Are we to assume Reagan was a wacko? As one Republican, I long for someone like Reagan: strong defense, low taxes, a laissez-faire attitude to business as proposed by Adam Smith over two centuries ago. It's almost as if Mr. Moser is afraid to mention Reagan by name, and understandably so. Hugely popular and effective, he presided over a country which disarmed the Soviet Union without firing a shot; which saw interest rates and inflation drop from high double digits; which saw the US as the clear leader in the world--not an easy task after the mess left by Carter. The problem with George Bush is not his conservatism but lack of it. No Child Left Behind and Prescription Drug Benefit are both Lyndon Johnson-type Great Society programs, which should prove once and for all, there is no need to go left to try to govern in moderation. Trying to do so (1) doesn't work and (2) makes no one happy. Former President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic said it best, "As an alternative to Communism or Capitalism, there is no third way. Looking for a third way is the quickest way to the Third World."
Low taxes and laissez-faire capitalism. Could we at least try it for once? One of Ayn Rand's books book captures it, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.
Oct 23 2007 - 8:54am