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Hillary Clinton Should Make This Man Her Economic Advisor

At the Washington Monthly’s blog, leftist Jacob Hacker begins laying the foundation for a Democratic economic policy for 2008:

But here’s the kicker: We can provide security and help our economy. Just as businessmen and entrepreneurs are protected against the most severe economic risks they face to encourage economic investment and growth, we are most capable of fully participating in our economy, most capable of taking risks and looking toward our future, when we have a basic foundation of financial security. Economic security is not opposed to economic opportunity; it is its cornerstone.
Economic opportunity requires economic security? I have never heard anything so silly in all my life.

It has never been of special concern to me that the Bush tax cuts and the pro-investment policies of the GOP have never been properly credited in the newsmedia for their role in the dramatic post-9/11, post-correction resurgence.

Republicans, since the days of Reagan, have always talked about “taking their case to the people,” and bypassing the media filter. It always works. For Reagan, this meant anything from radio programs to direct mail. For President Bush, in this instance, it means leaning back in his chair and whistling. As John Kerry proved in 2004, you just cannot convince people that they’re miserable and slovenly. For one thing, people know better. Moreover, most people do not live their lives by the far-left ethos, and they simply do not want to be miserable. Misery just does not give most people that feeling of productivity that it gives people like John Kerry.

It takes no unique acuity to see that the opportunity/security marriage pretty well slays any chance of real opportunity. If Democrats want to lose elections, they should continue to believe that, to Americans, “security” means basinet economic policy, and they should profess that belief loudly. I imagine they’ll find, as in years past, that, while people are apt to trust government to accomplish tasks they themselves cannot (like defending this nation from violent threats), they are not to delegate to Washington things which they can accomplish themselves.


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