One of the reasons I enjoy being a conservative is that I think about an issue, I look at the merits on both sides, and make up my mind where I stand.
When I look at what our economy has done recently, I see Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand correcting what was created by our government in the 1990s – artificial growth created around the dot-com bubble. Everything grew out of control beyond the load the market could bear. Things went up and down, and as I saw this happening, I kept thinking that the government shouldn’t be getting involved – they should let the market do what it is going to do. It reminds me of Jeff Goldblum’s line in “Jurassic Park:” “Life always finds a way.” The Mississippi is like this, too. It has traditionally changed courses drastically every couple hundred years – we just happened to have built a city at the end of it’s current course, and now we’re wondering why New Orleans keeps getting obliterated by floods.
This is all like our economy – it really is a living, breathing animal that will do what it is going to do, no matter what you try to say – and the government especially should not try to force it to go elsewhere.
As our current crisis began to develop, Congressmen from the GOP have been saying a lot of the same things: let the market do what it is going to do. If banks or corporations go under because they took risks, then they go under. The government should not meddle. It is a very unpopular position – but as posters in every school across the country say, “What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.”
The Democratic Party, on the other hand, has fought on both sides of the issue. Michael Moore, one of the darlings of the Democratic Party (kind of like your cousin you don’t talk about, the one that talks to himself and swats at invisible pigeons), wrote and filmed and entire documentary entitled “Roger & Me.” This film was about the evils of large corporations and how they destroy societies.
BUT – once the auto companies got in trouble, the Democrats saw a great way to make themselves look wonderful, and we started to get quotes like this from Mr. Obama:
“…[M]illions of American jobs rely directly or indirectly on a viable auto industry, and that the beginnings of reform are at hand…I commend those in Congress as well as the administration who tried valiantly to forge…a way to give the industry the…assistance it needs”
So which side of the issue are on? Are the auto companies evil or are they worthy of your love? How about the banking industry? Is the Democratic platform against large banks, thus desiring to dismantle them, or supportive of the banks, thus justifying billions of dollars to keep them going? It depends how things are going across the country and what will be the popular decision – but not necessarily the right decision.