Tuesday, January 27, 2009
But they claim that capitalism has failed
Mona Charon has a great column today making the point that President Obama never had to learn the lessons so many liberals of the Great Society learned - that government programs often have worse unintended consequences than the benefits they are designed to bring.
And she also makes the best point I read all day:
"President Bush, along with a sloppy and incontinent Republican majority in Congress, managed the feat of discrediting free-market economics without ever practicing it."
I've heard so much lately that conservatism has failed. But Bush was never really a conservative. At least he was never a limited government conservative.
I've grown very uncomfortable with the label "conservative" anyway, because it doesn't properly describe my own ideology, which I believe is very close to that of our founding fathers: Classical Liberalism. This was the basis for our constitution. Government limited to protecting people from each other, and from enemies foreign. A guarantor of rights - not the 20th century notion of rights, but the proper definition - a right is something that government cannot take from you, not something the government must do for you.
President George Bush was not a classical liberal. And he has given the left the claim that free markets have failed.