Conservatives Will Defend Obamacare
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.: Money
is what I mean when I say
that figuring out what the conservative position is or ought to
be on this or that is like nailing jelly to a wall.
op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer is that we conservatives,
and our pal Romney, are just trying to trim the crazy excesses of
the LBJ liberalism of the 1960s. Why, were not attacking the
New Deal! Romney simply wants to protect a safety net built
on conservative New Deal principles from the Great Society-like
overreach of Obama.
What were once
fought tooth and nail as wealth redistribution and obvious violations
of the Constitution are now conservative New Deal principles.
The word entitlement is used favorably as well. Defending
such things has become conservative, now that enough time has passed.
We just want to administer the programs of liberalism more efficiently,
and call it conservatism.
principle, evidently, is not that wealth redistribution is wrong
in itself or necessarily opposed to conservatism. The problem is
with wealth redistribution that favors constituencies not known
for voting Republican.
programs caused all kinds of social pathologies, but according to
the article, conservative New Deal social insurance
causes no such problems.
is what a conservative whose philosophy is a bit broader than just
the platitudes of Reagan and Romney had to say about that, even
though he was speaking about Sweden.
with permission from TomWoods.com.
E. Woods, Jr. [send him
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website], a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute,
is the creator of Tom
Woods’s Liberty Classroom, a libertarian educational
resource. He is the author of eleven books, including the New
York Times bestsellers Meltdown
(on the financial crisis; read Ron Paul’s foreword)
Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, and most
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