Yesterdays elections have shown, that while many seats in the house, and a few in the Senate and State Govenors seats went Republican, many other seats are going or staying Democrat. People still have faith in Democrats in many areas, even after a dismal stimulus-plan result and creeping inflation.
But can these Democrats fix anything? Not if they think tax increases, deeper debt, and targeted subsidies and tax breaks are the way to do so. The faith many have in Democrats is just that, “faith”, a feeling or belief, based on anything OTHER THAN fact. Fact-based economic thinking is not a Democrat strong point.
So what will it take to break that faith? Cult de-program intervention, of the Tea Party varient. But right now, tea party types are still defending free market economics by saying…”free market capitalism is more efficient than anything else”. Few make the moral case for capitalism, in fact, many are repeled by the idea of capitalism without adding several coats of altruism. It’s called moral and intellectual cowardice.
“Well, we have to be fair”, or “at some point, business must be kept in check”, are famous, popular quotes from the pragmatic right. Another is “sacrifice”, and yet another is “civic duty”. The left loves hearing the right talk economics like that. They know that their premise has been sold, when a Free Cheese’r- FDR -‘Catolic’ (Catholic) -Republican rants about the evils of “capitalism”, and then extolls the efficiency and ‘lesser evil’, of “free-enterprise”.
The Democrats can fix the economy alright, lets step aside and watch Jerry Brown do it in California. Mark my words, if you think things in California are bad now…”you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet”. It won’t be long before U-Hauls simply become unavailable in the Golden State. I can already see refugee camps, and hiking nomads across that punishing southern desert.
On a brighter note, the elections are over, and it is time for the Tea Parties to look at successes and failures, where local elections went to tea, and many statewides, went to pot.