Frum on reality
November 13, 2012 Leave a comment
David Frum once again shows why he’s my favorite conservative– he’s firmly based in reality. Sure, we disagree on stuff, but unlike most conservatives these days, his analyses are based on the world as it exists, not as he wishes it were. Excellent piece in CNN:
O’Reilly’s analysis is echoed across the conservative blogosphere. The (non-white) takers now outnumber the (white) makers. They will use their majority to pillage the makers and redistribute to the takers. In the process, they will destroy the sources of the country’s wealth and end the American experiment forever.
You’ll hear O’Reilly’s view echoed wherever conservatives express themselves.
Happily, the view is wrong, and in every respect.
America is not a society divided between “makers” and “takers.” Instead, almost all of us proceed through a life cycle where we sometimes make and sometimes take as we pass from schooling to employment to retirement.
The line between “making” and “taking” is not a racial line. The biggest government program we have, Medicare, benefits a population that is 85% white.
President Barack Obama was not re-elected by people who want to “take.” The president was re-elected by people who want to work -- and who were convinced, rightly or wrongly, that the president’s policies were more likely to create work than were the policies advocated by my party.
The United States did not vote for socialism. It could not do so, because neither party offers socialism. Both parties champion a free enterprise economy cushioned by a certain amount of social insurance. The Democrats (mostly) want more social insurance, the Republicans want less. National politics is a contest to move the line of scrimmage, in a game where there’s no such thing as a forward pass, only a straight charge ahead at the defensive line. To gain three yards is a big play.
Yep, yep, yep. Democrats are not socialists. We believe in capitalism and free markets. We just see a much larger role for the government in softening the inevitable inequities and inefficiencies in capitalism and trying to make it work better for most (if not all) Americans. Republicans running around yelling “socialism” all the time is either fundamentally dishonest or fundamentally stupid. Take your pick.