it's because I'm bald, but I've never trusted a politician who teases
his hair. You can't count on a man with a low-rise beehive. Especially
if he started political life as an aide to Nelson Rockefeller.
Embraces Sharing of Wealth," said a Washington Times headline.
Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA) Southern field man for the Rockefeller
for President organization was sponsoring a cable TV show also
featuring HUD Secretary Jack Kemp. Another guest, Jesse-Jacksonite
Polly Williams, said she "ain't going to hold it against conservatives
if they happen to feel the same way we do. " About the welfare state,
that is, for everyone advocated "transferring wealth."
need "a very active government," said Gingrich. Criticisms of "the
bureaucratic welfare state" are passe. "We have an obligation to
That must be why Gingrich engineered the colossal Congressional
pay raise, and agreed to deep-six any Republican candidate who used
the issue against an incumbent Democrat. Gingrich champions more
welfare and civil rights (a tautology these days), while opposing
a Social Security tax cut for people who work.
who shares Gingrich's love of teased hair and big government, calls
for more public housing. He also wants to send every member of the
underclass to college, no matter what the cost to taxpayers. We
have to "apply resources real government dollars," says Kemp
"As a society, we have the money."
and Kemp are "changing the face of conservative politics forever,"
says columnist Don Lambro. Well, excuse me, but I liked the old
look. In fact, I'd like to sue the plastic surgeons.
"ambitious conservative leaders" want to gain new followers "among
inner-city minorities," says Lambro. How? By dressing LBJ in a Republican
suit, teasing his hair, and hoping we think he's a conservative.
Washington Post is delighted by all of this, which ought to
be all we need to know. Spiro T. Agnew said it best: the Post
belongs at the bottom of a birdcage. "These conservative activists
are at the cutting edge" of a movement to "launch a new War on Poverty a conservative war," says the Post. Yeah, and the bombs
are landing on our families and our wallets.
liberal Democrats, what you see is what you get. The scum floats
on top of the pond. But big-government conservatives had to disguise
their deviant ideas. Movement pressure kept them in the closet.
Now they practice their vice openly.
have always been American conservatives who rutted in the cellars
of Europe, who spurned Taft and Goldwater for Disraeli and Bismarck.
Now they lust after the United States of Welfaria, with bloated
transfer payments, shrinking property rights, and manic egalitarianism.
since the New Deal, conservatives have fought the welfare state
as morally evil, economically disastrous, and socially corrupt.
How can anyone took at America's inner cities, social laboratories
of welfarism, and call for more of the same? Yet that is exactly
what Gingrich and Kemp do, no matter how they dress it up with talk
of "values." "Transferring wealth," i.e., theft on a massive scale,
is some value.
the New Deal, race relations were imperfect, but they weren't the
hate-o-rama they are today. The streets of Harlem were safe at night
for blacks and whites. Even in poor areas, men worked and
supported their wives and families. Marriage was the norm, drug
use was low, and children went to school and church. There was an
active business community.
is not some pipe dream. It actually existed. And it was destroyed
by the welfare state.
the urban poor need most is market and social pressure to act responsibly.
But the welfare state deliberately subverts this to create a dependent
welfare state subsidizes sloth, promiscuity, illegitimacy, and irresponsibility.
It excuses horrific crime as "legitimate rage." It tells the underclass
that everything that happens to them, every failure and every disorder,
is somebody else's fault. Can there be any wonder at the devastation,
or the venom?
racial hatreds are growing in this country, and I fear they are,
we can thank the welfare state and the egalitarian mania that drives
it. Conservatives who champion those ideas deserve, not high government
posts, but quarantining as moral lepers.