Skip to comments.Bill Kristol starting “reformist” nonprofit to “recraft Republican fiscal policies”?
Posted on 01/07/2013 3:57:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Just a rumor for now, but worth flagging given his pull with establishment Republicans and the fact that it jibes with Fridays news about the Beltway GOP trying to exert more influence on the party after Novembers Senate debacle.
Plus, Kristol and his allies have been talking about starting a reformist organization to recraft Republican fiscal policies and champion a rising generation of Republicans, such as Kristol favorites Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. The hypothetical group, modeled on the defunct Democratic Leadership Council, would join an expanding network of media platforms and nimble nonprofits for Kristol and mark an ambitious expansion into domestic policy
Kristol declined to comment on the DLC-like nonprofit idea but suggested the GOP will continue to struggle unless it fundamentally rethinks its fiscal policy. The Republican Party has never come to grips with the financial crisis that happened on Bushs watch and has this kind of stale view of tax policy, he said. Its a new moment with the debt and the deficits and the financial crisis in the background.
awfully vague, but given Kristols position on tax hikes on the rich during the fiscal-cliff kabuki, I take it the group will be more flexible on new revenue than grassroots conservatives are...
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The whole problem with people like Kristol is that they simply can’t comprehend that some problems can’t be fixed without direction from within the beltway.
if he thinks the GOP needs to be less conservative then he is nuts
We’re not buying what your selling anymore, Billy. Take your “re-crafting” and shove it.
What an idiot. We have complete understanding of the collapse in 2008, and are pissed that our party allowed our side to take blame and never fought back. Even this year, no one made a coherent case that our economic troubles in 2012 have little tie to any bush policy, but rather a creeping central government. We have to make the battle DC vs the rest of us, and the states vs the Feds. We have public opinion on our side on most of the big issues but lost an election. That’s a disaster.
By chance, I heard Monica Perez talking about Billy Kristol’s father’s book:
snip-”Whenever I ask myself, What were the Republicans thinking? I find the answer in the immortal collection of essays by Irving Kristol, Neo-Conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea. In that book, Kristol lays out his grand plan for how the Republicans can truly achieve immense power in the United States, but that to do so will mean abandoning principles of fiscal conservatism and balanced budgets and embracing the conservative welfare state.
Kristol further instructs that in matters of economics and foreign policy, the people arent to be listened to (as democratically elected politicians sometimes mistakenly believe), rather they are to be led because they are ignorant of these matters and they know it. In addition, Kristol and his associates guided the New Right to create a budget crisis by implementing socialist policies to compete with those of the left and to use this crisis to force the public to choose between traditional socialism and market-based social engineering.
Well, the people have chosen: If youre going to have a welfare state, let the left run itafter all, you cant beat a guy at his own game.”
Bill Kristol; not interested. He will putting Crispy Kreme up for POTUS in 2016 and telling us we are a bunch of backward bitter clingers for not loving him.
Yes, according to Bill we need an even bigger Republican establishment to reform things and keep out those “Riff Raff” grassroots Conservatives.
That does sound like Kristol, you think Coulter would join him in that?
Something people always forget about neoconservatism, if it is an actual movement, is that it started when the New Left shifted the Democratic party away from the Truman-Kennedy-Johnson National Security State cold war foreign policy. Democrats never really abandoned the military-industrial complex not even under Carter, as evidenced by their actions whenever in power in the White House or Congress. But neocons did manage to wrest control of the Republican party and nudge it into the slightly more imperialistic party.
What must be remembered, and the point of my post, is they didn’t change anything about themselves. No, they suddenly became conservative in relation to the newly radical hippies. Unlike the South, which didn’t drag segregation into the Republican tent after the civil rights movement, neocons brought everything along like good little post-New Dealers.
By now, of course, they might be considered paleocons compared to the McCain/Graham clan (perhaps the title to the worst Western ever). Such is the way of Washington. We hold the line where leftists last dropped it. However, there’s something else to consider. Conservatism isn’t only about the particulars of what you defend. It’s not about Pershing middles or welfare reform or supporting Israel. It’s about a philosophy and a mindset, a way of looking at the world. That never seeped into their psyches.
Kristol—the enemy within.
Obamas Communist Agenda for Amerika is being rapidly accepted by all who fear his brutal might.
The GOP’s mistake is its failure to embrace Tea Party issues. It jumps every time a Democrat says boo. If it incorporated Tea Party issues into its platform, the Republicans would be that much stronger.
Bill Kristol is living proof that spending too much time within the DC-NYC cocoon turns your brain to mush.