Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Here is the quote of the day:
racial subtext of anti-government rhetoric
I have to admit something, this statement left me flabbergasted. I mean utterly, and totally unable to come up with a reasonable, coherent thought for at least three minutes. This comes from a recent OP/ED piece in the New York Times by Paul Krugman, a Nobel-prize winning economist.

Yes, you read that right, a Nobel winner is up there associating small government with racism.

Why? Because he hates the GOP, and by extension Conservatives; and everybody knows that the GOP is all sorts of evvvilll, and those pesky conservatives, what with their self-reliance and people should work for what they get attitudes are always trying to hold the Black Man Down!

I teach my boys that regardless of how many times he tells a lie, or a falsehood, or just claims that his name is Rex Racer that it just doesn't change the truth of things.

Let us be clear for a moment, the failures of the Bush Administration, the failures of the GOP, and racism have absolutely nothing to do with the concepts of Small Government.

Nothing.

Well, actually, let me rephrase that, the failure of the Bush Administration and the GOP have everything to do with Small Government--because they both the Bush Administration and the GOP ran screaming from the concept.

No Child Left Behind, The Patriot Act, and a host of other things which expanded the powers and abilities of the government are all to be laid at the doorstep of the Bush Administration and the GOP. Those are not the acts of a group of individuals who believe in small government.

Now, Krugman's article is an attack on Bush and the GOP (surprise!), as such, he goes about pointing out everything that has gone wrong in the past 20 years, and figuring out a way to lay blame on the Conservatives. For example, there's this quote:
after the 2000 election the Heritage Foundation specifically urged the new team to “make appointments based on loyalty first and expertise second.”
And he makes horrible pronouncements on how "contempt for expertise" was a contempt for government in general. Still not sure on how the two connect, but that's irrelevant; especially in light of this: Obama's intel picks short on direct experience.

Now, does Obama have a contempt for expertise or a contempt for government? While I can't say for the former (as he lacks expertise as well) the latter he definitely loves as all of his erstwhile plans include provisions for more, and more government.

And this is where Krugman's major concept in his article falters. Everything he states, hinges on this whole concept that small government is BAD! Also, he tries to build the case in such a way that it makes it seem like the concept of small government is a Reagon construct.

As he is talking about this contempt of experience, he binds it to contempt of government and Reagan by utilizing this quote:
“Government is not the solution to our problem,” declared Ronald Reagan. “Government is the problem.”
The message that Krugman is trying to state here is clear:
  • Big Goverment = Good & Experience; Small Government = Bad & Inexperienced
  • Big Government = No Racism; Small Government = Racism
  • Democrats/Liberals = Big Government; GOP/Conservatives = Small Government
  • Big Government Looks out for you; Small Goverment, you look out for yourself
While that last line is true, sadly, he spins the entire concept so that while reading the article, the first is also logically true. Which no matter how you cut it, I see as a logical fallacy, if not outright lie.

I touched earlier on his tying of the GOP and the Small Government concepts, and I touched on his fallacy of Big Government = Experienced people, as his own wonderboy Obama did the exact same thing in regards to picking people without experience.

Now, for the last binding arguement in his article, and that relates that Small Government is a new thing, created by Reagon as a part of Reagonomics.

And to counter-act that, I have a single name, just off the top of my head: Thomas Paine. That name, even without resorting to Google or Wikipedia to find the other philosphits, and economists who believed in Small Government, kills that whole small government as a Reagon construct thing.

What is sad, is that Krugman, as a Nobel-winning economist, should, and does, KNOW this.

But, let's talk about Paine. This is the man that said:
That government is best which governs least.
Now, let's be clear here, Paine espoused a number of beliefs which I cannot agree with. He was a Diest, and argued against Christianity, yet he was also the main proponent of the American Revolution, and it was his pamphlet Common Sense, which in effect led to the Revolution.

Small Government is a concept that was embedded into our very national identities by our Founding Fathers.

And it is one which Liberals have consistently and happily thrown away at every chance they have gotten.

And yes, I consider Bush and Company Liberals because they do NOT act like Conservatives: fiscally, socially or philosophically.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Thankful Paul said...

After all this, there is only one thing to say: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for. ECCLESIASTES 12:13 TEV

January 7, 2009 at 3:30 PM  

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