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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Latest Nonsense from Local Libs

The liberals and socialists are starting to panic as evidenced by the vapidity of some of their commentary in the local papers. I think they sense that the electorate has had enough of the damage their side has done at all levels of government and are making some very lame attempts to counter the common sense Conservative positions which are obviously resonating with the people.

One example is a Letter to the Editor printed in the last Shoreview Post where the author makes a pathetically futile attempt to rebut a post pertaining to economics from the web site of Gina Bauman, the GOP endorsed candidate for District 50 senate:

Senate district 50 Republican candidate Gina Bauman can sound quite reasonable. As a voter in SD50 I have done some research on the candidates and found her actual positions to be quite disturbing. Let’s take a look at some statements from Gina’s own campaign website.

“Most of our current economic difficulties are the result of government losing sight of these simple concepts and over stepping its legitimate bounds and authority” Apparently she hasn’t noticed that the Wall Street/mortgage industry craziness which brought the US and world economies to the brink of collapse occurred FOLLOWING DE-regulation.

“No society has ever, or could ever, tax and regulate itself to prosperity.”

Sounds good and American – right? Not so fast. What do taxes bring? Oh, useless things like roads, schools, the Army – plus the state subsidies received by both Ms. Bauman and her husband as Home Health Care Aids to take care of her mother. Regulation is stifling and bad right? Hmm should we go back to rivers that start on fire or cars without seat belts? And, of course, the financial industry needs more freedom to come up with gems like mortgage backed securities. Let’s be clear here: Capitalism NEEDS regulation to function. Would the NFL be better if there were no referees on the field? They get some calls wrong, but the game couldn’t function without them.

“Government does not and can not (sic) create wealth”. Seeing a pattern here? Again – roads, bridges, schools, police etc. How much wealth could the private sector create without these?

There are many more examples. If Gina and her cohorts gain power our current problems will seem like the Garden of Eden.

John Bristow
Columbia Heights
Where does one begin to dissect such twaddle? I'll attempt to address the Mr. Bristow's "points" in the order in which he states them.

First up he seems to have a problem with Bauman's "quite disturbing" assertion that “Most of our current economic difficulties are the result of government losing sight of these simple concepts and over stepping its legitimate bounds and authority” . Doesn't disturb me in the least - in fact it seems pretty darn reasonable.  Mr. Bristow responds with

"Apparently she hasn’t noticed that the Wall Street/mortgage industry craziness which brought the US and world economies to the brink of collapse occurred FOLLOWING DE-regulation."
Apparently Mr. Bristow hasn't noticed that securities and banking are among the most highly regulated industries there are. It wasn't de-regulation that caused the meltdown, but rather near dictatorial over-regulation that virtually required lending institutions to grant mortgages to people that the free market would not otherwise lend to (i.e. "sub-prime") with the promise to lenders that the government would cover the bad loans. Although the Bush Administration expressed concern that this was a potential problem it did not aggressively attempt to stop it and rightly deserves some blame, but primary "credit" for this insanity goes to liberal democrats in congress (e.g. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd). So-called "financial reform" by the Obama Administration is a joke and the problem still remains.

The next point made by Bauman is almost axiomatic when it comes to basic economics: “No society has ever, or could ever, tax and regulate itself to prosperity.” Apparently Mr. Bristow does not have even a rudimentary grasp on economics as he can't come to terms with such a simple and common-sense truth. His attempt at a sarcastic rebuttal is nothing short of pathetic. He clumsily infers that Bauman is against the legitimate things government finances through taxation (roads, schools, the Army) and all regulation.  He also takes a very cheap personal shot at the candidate and her family that adds nothing to his already vacuous arguments. And "caring and compassionate" liberals like this have the nerve to label Conservatives as "extremists"?

Finally, the pap equating legitimate government services and infrastructure maintenance with the creation of wealth in a free market economy shows that Bristow is utterly clueless when it comes to economics, as are the liberals/socialists/"Obama Democrats" he apparently supports for public office. This kind of thinking is what got us into the economic stagnation and out-of-control government interference in our lives we currently have to contend with.

If this letters and ones like are indicative of what the libs have going for them in this election (one liberal clown actually rebuts Bauman with "Cutting our way to prosperity has never worked" in a letter to the Sun Focus - I won't embarrass the author by naming him) it doesn't say much for them. 

Hopefully, the electorate will finally take notice and vote accordingly.

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