If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”
-Ronald Reagan, Reason magazine interview, 1975
The unpleasant fact of the matter is that liberals have always worked harder at politics than conservatives. Some on the right like to joke that going to work actually takes a lot of time out of the average day. That, while a bit too clever, does hit on an economic kernel of truth. Continue reading →
The father of the North Carolina high school student who recorded his teacher berating him for defending Mitt Romney and criticizing President Obama called into the show on Tuesday and revealed that their son has not returned to the classroom due in part to fears for his safety. Here’s the latest on the explosive issue:
Howard Dean, the pugilistic former Governor of Vermont and uber liberal, has recently been attacking conservatives as money grubbing bigots: “Woman are terrified of what the Republicans are talking about. They’re talking about basically stripping away their ability to have insurance pay for their birth control pills.” Wow! Imagine that…well, there goes 2012. But when it comes to extremism, the GOP has nothing on Howlin’ Howard. Just take a look at this CNBC hit with Mr. Dean and yours truly from a while back. It says it all–especially the part about capitalism at the end.
The president himself has admitted, if not in so many words, that the so-called Buffett Rule is little more than a gimmick. Bringing in $4.7 billion per year won’t do much to solve $1.4 trillion dollar deficits. And, the administration concedes, this latest attempt at soaking the rich does little to spur growth.
But what’s especially galling for those with a bull’s-eye on their back is the pious specter of Messrs. Obama and Buffett demanding higher taxes while deliberately ducking — albeit legally — the tax man themselves. Just how is it you make a moral argument about “fairness,” all the while eschewing your self-described moral obligation? Continue reading →