Monday, February 13, 2012

Party On, Tom.

More inanity from Thomas Friedman.  On Sunday, in "We Need A Second Party," he laments the Republican Party that was. Friedman, has previously argued for a third party to provide a moderating force between left and right -- ignoring completely the efforts by President Obama to do precisely that.  Typically, he blamed both parties for intransigence, discounting the utter unwillingness of one party -- the Republicans -- to govern, much less compromise. 

Giving up for the moment on his noble quest for a third party miracle, Friedman has settled on wishing for the Republicans to become "a coherent Republican opposition that is offering constructive conservative proposals on the key issues and is ready for strategic compromises to advance its interests and those of the country."  Otherwise, according to this purported liberal voice of the Times, the Democrats have no incentive to rein in their "magical thinking."

Until the G.O.P. stops being radical and returns to being conservative, it won’t provide what the country needs most now — competition — competition with Democrats on the issues that will determine whether we thrive in the 21st century. We need to hear conservative fiscal policies, energy policies, immigration policies and public-private partnership concepts — not radical ones. Would somebody please restore our second party? The country is starved for a grown-up debate. 

What Friedman doesn't get -- or refuses to acknowledge -- is that the conservative ideas he longs for have been tried, and they don't work.  Trickle down economics, tax cuts for the wealthy, eliminating or cutting social programs, deficit reduction rather than stimulus, deregulation, tax breaks for oil companies.

We don't need a vibrant conservative alternative to the Democratic Party.  We need a more progressive one. 


MemphisJohnny said...

Conservative ideas haven't worked well since eighteen-hundred-and-never! Thomas Friedman needs to get out more often! He's imagining things!

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