‘forgotten lessons in necessary government’

PM Carpenter: A spokesman for the Tea Party Patriots, 2,300 of whom convened in Phoenix, Arizona last weekend, said that “[Democrats] can’t win if we’re focused on issues.”

…To be sure, it’s exceptionally difficult to beat a party or movement that regards a “focus” on issues as a bundle of pithy slogans with enormous emotional appeal, backed by mounds of propagandistic cash. The current “debate” on government’s size and spending is exemplary.

Which is easier to sell to a mass electorate? “Government’s too big” and “We’re drowning in debt” …

or … “The size of the federal government and the spending it does is less important than its effectiveness; take, for instance, those funds allocated to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which tea partying machete-accountants insist on slashing — Do you, Mr. and Mrs. Voter, care to save a few bucks now, only to grease the skids for another catastrophic collapse down the road, caused by fewer financial watchdogs and far less oversight?”

And that’s the short version.

…….so many Americans — I’d venture most — have no clue as to why government ever grew, as it did; they’ve no sense of the social carnage of the Gilded Age or of the vast disparities of wealth in the 1920s or the vicious official assaults on organizing labor or the atrocities of child labor or the repulsive depths of elderly poverty or … None of which Hoover’s pathetic “volunteerism” and limited government for ideology’s sake could help when it all inexorably came crashing down.

And would have again, to the selfsame severe proportions, had it not been for lessons learned — now being forgotten.

Read the full post here


I can’t believe I forgot to link P M Carpenter’s blog on the list in the right sidebar – it is essential reading.

2 Responses to “‘forgotten lessons in necessary government’”

  1. March 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    This is the paramount reason to take the budget to the people, to describe what these teabags are attempting to do to this country. Of course, these people don’t care about job losses or the economy sinking — so much the better to make Obama fail. I don’t believe for an instant that this very outcome is what the Tea Party bosses of the Republican members of the House are salivating over.

    Nor do I believe that there is no conspiracy among the Republican governors to do the same thing in their states. The very real suffering of their people means nothing to these Republican governors and legislators. The over-arching thing is get rid of the Obama Democrats and get back in power themselves.

    Good grief — what an outcome THAT would be! Yes, the Obama administration must take this budget mess right to the people who would be most affected by these ridiculous cuts and make the results loud and clear and colorful.

  2. 2 sherijr
    March 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I love this- thank you Chip for passing it on, I will do the same.

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