[quote="ProVobis, post:10, topic:203008"]
And how will things change when Republicans take over Congress again? More fears of terrorism? More corporate welfare? More neo-con gloating?
And then we'll finally hear some real protests from the "left." The defeated side always seems to make the most noise in the U.S.
You should fear terrorism, poking your head in the sand will not make it go away. With regard to corporate welfare, crony capitalism (which I think is the better term for corporate welfare) has been a major product of the Democratic Majority and this Administration. The Democratic Majority is very comfortable with that philosophy that government is the predominant source of ingenuity.
That being said, Republicans in Congress need to become better at differentiating between "pro-business” and "pro-free market" policies. The two are different. Too often, Republican members and the Bush Administration fell into the crony capitalism trap. In a recent article, Paul Ryan, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, had this to say:
*From an ideological perspective, big government can combine with big business to advance a more progressivist society. For self-described "progressives," the agenda is straightforward: expand government; co-opt big business; direct the capital markets from Washington to pursue "social justice." Think Fannie and Freddie by much higher orders of magnitude.
Over the past decade, the thinking has been much less clear for conservatives. Being "pro-market" has been fundamentally confused with "pro-business." Conservatives who came to Congress to defend and promote free enterprise have often been led to believe that pathway lies in bolstering established firms as they navigate the maze of government regulations and taxes. These instincts are correct, but the implementation is often flawed. All too often, the results of these efforts have been to exacerbate crony capitalism - erecting barriers to entry against potential competitors to firms that are currently on top.
For their part, companies seeking such protection have a right to pursue their narrow self-interest; but when these actions involve reducing open competition and transparency for short term gain, they do so to the detriment of the very free enterprise system that made their success possible.
Republicans, who profess their zeal for democratic capitalism as the greatest source of human flourishing, all too often have aided the "kings of industry" in pulling the drawbridge up after they've taken the castle. Conservatives must recover the fundamentals of what is needed to defend the free enterprise system. We can begin by rejecting the current financial regulatory overhaul moving through Congress, and by offering alternatives that apply the essential principles that form a true free enterprise system.*