THE SAPIENT SPARROW: conservatism for commoners

"What has always made the State a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven."–Holderlin


Yesterday, Senator Mitch McConnell and Representative John Boehner were interviewed on “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace”.  Mr. Wallace asked a question about retaining the “Bush Tax Cuts”, and requested that the Republicans respond to charges by the Democrats that these would add to the deficit, because the Republicans were not offering a way to pay for them.  His question presented a wonderful opportunity for these Republican leaders to articulate the difference between “revenue” and “spending”.  Unfortunately,  neither of these two gentlemen took advantage of the opportunity offered.

Now, in general, I like both of these guys.  However, if their answers are representative of how Republicans will be speaking to the Country in the months leading up to the mid-term elections, opportunities will not be the only things lost.  Surely our Republican members of Congress have at least one person on their staffs who know how to explain the application of conservative economic principles in simple, relevant terms.  For example:

A person is told that s/he will not be receiving a raise in the upcoming year.  That person has a few options: 1) postpones projects, purchases, etc. that s/he has been considering, 2) s/he seeks to find a second job or sells some of his/her possessions, and/or 3) finds expenditures in his/her budget that can be eliminated or reduced.  The one thing that the (sane) person does not do is put a gun to the employer’s head and demand that s/he give the raise, or else…

On a much larger scale, this example also holds true for the Government.  Retaining the “Bush Tax Cuts” is not an expenditure that needs to be paid for.  Instead, their retention is equivalent to the Government not receiving a raise.  In general the Government has the same options as an individual would in the same situation.  Letting the “Bush Tax Cuts” expire, therefore, is tantamount to putting a gun to the heads of taxpayers and demanding the raise be given.

It seems to me, that questions such as Mr. Wallace asked on Sunday of Senator McConnell and Representative Boehner will continue to be asked by both the media and Democrat candidates.  The Republicans need to be able to predict such questions and have clear and readily understood answers prepared that reflect conservative principles.  The game’s afoot, and Republicans would do well to perfect theirs very soon.


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