Friday, August 3, 2012

Tea Party Matters! 8/3/12

   DeMint Condition: The size of the DeMint-Paul caucus could matter regardless of who wins the White House this year. If Barack Obama is reelected despite $1 trillion deficits, 8 percent unemployment, and less than 2 percent economic growth, Republicans will be demoralized. Although some conservatives would surely fault Mitt Romney's moderation, many in the party would press for compromise with the president.
   A significant bloc of Senate conservatives could make it impossible to wave the white flag. DeMint pressed Republicans to take no prisoners during the Obamacare debate. His cohort could stall any attempt to revive cap and trade, raise income tax rates, provide amnesty to illegal immigrants, or put gun control back on the national agenda.
   If Romney wins, a group of uncompromising Senate conservatives could be even more important. They could prevent the frightening return of a zombie called big government conservatism. Under George W. Bush, some of the most conservative members of Congress voted to increase domestic discretionary spending and enlarge entitlements.

      In today’s culture of immediate reward, a work ethic centering on self-discipline and the ability to defer gratification is almost, to use a favorite term of the avant-garde, transgressive. Hmm: With so much of our economy and politics now based on the absence of those characteristics, maybe it really is a bit transgressive.
   But those mores just may be making a comeback in these tough times. The fact is, self-discipline and the ability to defer gratification really do help you get ahead, avoid debt and feel more in control of your life.
   In boom times, even slackers can do well enough (or borrow enough to seem to) to make those rules seem old-fashioned and unnecessary. But when the bust comes, reality reasserts itself and those trite sayings (“waste not, want not,” “neither a borrower nor a lender be,” etc. — Kipling’s “Gods of the Copybook Headings”) turn out to be not so much trite, as true. Glenn Reynolds
Is the Inertia Greater Than the Momentum? If we will do this [austerity] the last half of the twentieth century will be but a prelude to the American Century. If we don’t, the sun will set on the American dream as we devour ourselves in an orgy of hedonism and self-gratification"Who will stand guard to the guards themselves?" – Juvenal
You say, “Williams, you’re just old-fashioned and out of touch with modern society.” Maybe so, but I think that a society’s first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values. These behavioral norms — transmitted by example, word of mouth, religious teachings, rules of etiquette and manners — represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error. They include important legal thou-shalt-nots — such as shalt not murder, steal, lie or cheat — but they also include all those civilities one might call ladylike or gentlemanly behavior. Police officers and courts can never replace these social restraints on personal conduct. At best, laws, police and the criminal justice system are a society’s last desperate line of defense.Walter Williams
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