Here is my suggestion as to what economic posture conservatives should assume:
Dissolve the Left’s barbell on both ends. Punish the rich and their client-class eaters. A cunning Republican (I mean this, of course, hypothetically) would very publicly offer a grand compromise that truly compromises his enemies: Punitive, confiscatory, outrageous taxation on very high incomes and assets. This combined with deep cuts into the sinew of the the welfare spectrum, including elimination of the earned income tax credit and a severe reduction in dysgenic breeding inducements.
Perhaps sotto voce, he’d state: “We’ll offer cuts to your constituents in exchange for higher taxes on your sponsors. It’s simply prudent fiscal discipline with a little help from the wealthiest Americans. It’s a shared sacrifice. But that’s what makes America so great.”
In print and in person, I typically offer little flattery to conservatives. They flounce about half deaf and fully dumb. Though with strong and supple limbs for bounding toward the cliffs to which their enemies point. And don’t question the counsel, bigot. That man was nice enough to give us directions!
One of the many malign directions in which conservatives have stampeded is the notion that
defending serving the rich is conservatism’s apogee…or is at least not its bugaboo: socialism. Some conservatives like to imagine they will one day become rich themselves; they won’t. Others regard the rich with genuine admiration and good-will; the sentiment is wholly unrequited. And as with so much else, this is what conservatives fail to apprehend: The Rich Hate You.
I’m as mystified as surely they must be at how brazenly their disdain can be expressed without ever surmounting conservative…
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