Monday, December 8, 2008

GOP message

My latest American Spectator column:
Failure is a foregone conclusion for the Democrats' economic agenda, and Republicans seeking a coherent conservative response can boil their message down to three words: It won't work.
Infrastructure "investments"? It won't work. Pump-priming "stimulus" payments? It won't work. More taxpayer-funded bailouts? It won't work. Go through the familiar liberal litany of economic prescriptions that Democrats are now suggesting, pick any proposal, and the message is the same: It won't work.
The unfortunate truth, as sober economists freely admit, is that there is no easy
cure for the financial mess caused by the collapse of the housing bubble. Contrary to John McCain's now-infamous September declaration that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong," the fact is, as Michelle Malkin said, the fundamentals suck.
Whatever policy Washington pursues, a quick and painless recovery is not going to happen, and the only real question is whether Democrats will delay recovery by implementing liberal policies that make a very bad situation even worse. . . .
Please read the whole thing. BTW, I hate it when political journalists try to act as political strategists -- something Bill Kristol, for example, does constantly -- but in this case, I couldn't resist. All the usual suspects among professional GOP strategists have discredited themselves so badly in recent years that they can't be taken seriously, so maybe some amateur advice would be welcome.


  1. If your opinion holds true, and the fundamentals of the economy are parked in the toilet, then how is Wall Street not headed further South?
    It would seem that either a) there ain't no bear there, or b) there is a concerted effort to keep things artifically elevated (to the extent that a sub-10k Dow can be labelled 'elevated').

  2. Wow RS.
    That's the Republican/Conservative solution to the
    problems we are facing?
    Another slogan?
    It won't work???
    Man, things are pretty bad in Conservative land.
    And I usually like what you have to say.
    But this...this sucks.

  3. Such a message holds the benefit of: a) being true, and b) being in line with the majority's lack of appetite for additional government spending.

    It's one thing to vote for "Change," and it's quite another to actually volunteer to pay for it. It's the same with national healthcare: lots of people are for it in theory, but when it comes to actually paying for it the support dries up.

    The GOP has an opportunity to side with taxpayers fed up with the idea that the solution to every problem is more spending and bigger government. The only question is: are they smart enough to seize it?