Excerpt of exchange between Larry King and Gov. Jindal:
< King: Governor, do you think people are thinking about capitalism now or are they thinking about problems?
Jindal: Look, clearly, the American people are worried about paying their mortgages, keeping their jobs and paying their health care bills. I think Rush is a great leader for conservatives. I think he articulates what a lot of people are concerned about.
King: Do you want him [Obama] to fail?
Jindal: I don't want those policies to be adopted. I want my country to succeed, but I don't want policies to be adopted.
King: What if the policies work?
Jindal: Well, again...
King: What if they work? >
Re-wind to September 2008 when the credit crisis hit. Republican Presidential candidate John McCain had the opportunity to define the issue, instead he readily adopted the Liberal Template that Capitalism has failed, i.e. the problem = “Wall Street greed.” Not only was that the beginning of the end of McCain’s presidential aspirations, but it is a trap that Republicans have universally fallen into, opposing Obama’s “Stimulus” porkage primarily on the grounds of overspending and ineffectiveness at triggering economic recovery.
While the other side is swapping out the FOUNDATIONS of the American Experiment, Republicans are focusing on the details of governance. When the foundations are under assault a PHILOSOPHICAL defense must undergird the fight over line-items (see Reagan, Ronald and Buckley, William F.). This is what’s missing from the Republican argument – although NOT missing from Rush’s arguments, which is why the Left has trained their sights on him. I’m not sure exactly how to put it for a dumbed-down audience (they’re watching Larry King!), but the GOP had better publish some talking points that explain why it doesn’t matter whether policies “work,” in the short-term, if the lasting effect is to diminish liberty and fundamentally alter the relationship of the individual and the state.
Buying into Obama’s Government-as-savior policies is the political equivilent of buying a house beyond your means, because you expect the value to continue rising indefinitely. Haven’t we lately caught on that there comes a day-of-reckoning? But in this case, it’s not your house value that’s “under water,” it’s your freedom, your son’s freedom and your grandson’s freedom. Maybe a phrase like “Government Bubble” could work to communicate the hazard to liberty contained in Obama’s policies, whether or not they “work.”