Skip to comments.Thomas Sowell "My Platform" Conservative Radicalism.
Posted on 03/30/2004 5:55:51 AM PST by Dutchgirl
From time to time some kind readers suggest that I run for public office, including President of the United States. No need for those on the left to panic. It is not going to happen.
Such suggestions, however, cause me to imagine what my platform would be if I were in politics. Once you see what that platform would be, you can understand why it will never happen.
Since politicians like to have campaign slogans, instead of "Bring it On!" my slogan might be "Get rid of it!" to describe all the laws, policies, and government agencies that I would abolish.
A more positive slogan would be "Conservative Radicalism." That is, my policies would be based on traditional values but would make radical changes in order to restore or enhance those values.
Cabinet-level departments, for example, would be reduced to just two -- the Defense Department and the State Department, with the latter purged of the weak-kneed internationalist crowd who have dominated it for so long. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, etc., would all be abolished as just money-wasting bureaucracies serving outside special interests, instead of the people whose taxes support them.
Government subsidies would be drastically reduced, starting at the top. That is, there would be a prohibition against giving a dime of government money to anyone whose annual income or total assets exceed one billion dollars. Why should agricultural subsidies be going to Ted Turner and David Rockefeller, or "universal health care" pay for their medicine?
Who could object to cutting off subsidies to billionaires? Once that was done, however, the next step would be to cut off millionaires. Then we could proceed on down the income scale until people making a hundred grand a year could no longer expect to be subsidized with the taxpayer's money.
The great advantage of this way of proceeding is that it would rob the media of opportunities to run sob stories about how some poor person was hurt by cutbacks in some government program -- even when the vast majority of those who were hurt were the bureaucrats who run these programs and slick special interests who hide behind the poor.
By the time we got down to cutting off all government subsidies to people making $100,000 a year or more, the federal budget would probably not only be balanced but have a surplus. Of course, there would be hordes of unemployed bureaucrats being interviewed on TV, complaining that the world was going to end, without their vital contributions. But that could be brushed aside.
With all the money saved by ending vast numbers of subsidies, the government could afford to pay the kinds of salaries that would attract highly qualified people from the private sector. For example, if every member of Congress were paid a million dollars a year, that would cost less than one percent of what it costs to run the Department of Agriculture.
As things stand today, a successful doctor, lawyer, executive, engineer or economist would lose money by becoming a member of Congress. This means that Congress is largely filled with people who either already have great wealth or people who don't have what it takes to earn a high income in the private sector -- or people hungry for power, who are the worst of all.
These are not the kinds of people who should dominate the making of laws in Congress or enforcing them in the courts. Short-sighted critics might object that the kinds of people we have in politics and the courts don't deserve to get a million dollars a year. But that is the very reason for trying to get better people.
If a million dollars a year won't do it, you could raise the pay to ten million and it would still be chump change compared to what is wasted by cheap politicians, who turn out to be very expensive politicians when wasting the taxpayers' money.
Then there should be term limits. In fact, elected officials should be limited to just one term. Otherwise, they and their staffs would be spending most of their time doing things to get re-elected in all but the last term.
These are just some of the things I would do in the name of "conservative radicalism." But it may be enough to show why there is no clear and present danger of my being nominated, much less elected.
He could always use Reagan's line about his opponent's youth and inexperience...
I second that. Imagine the debates!
Thomas Sowell and Ron Paul...
The FedGov needs a good wormin'!
As a new Senator around 1972 said to me when I asked him how things looked back in Washington, his response was "Its all over! Washington is nothing more than a back scratching party with no thought for the people except to get re-elected."......but that doesn't mean we should stop trying to reduce government.
I see you are relative newbie. Perhaps you missed the "list of ingredients" on the front of the package...
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While this would be magnificent intellectually, Thomas Sowell himself says that he's too abrupt and confrontational to be a good candidate. His memoir "A Personal Odyssey" is fascinating ... he's very challenging.
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice
I probably would too. I wish I were able to ask Thomas Sowell where we could find such a candidate or who he is voting for.
Nader is probably the only candidate whose positions are even remotely similar to Sowell's positions. What are the odds on Nader's success?
I favor third parties and run-off presidential elections. Without run-off elections, Thomas Sowell, or any third party, has little chance. Imagine if Republican candidate Bush, Democrat candidate Kerry, and third party candidate Sowell were running for president and candidate Sowell was excluded from the debates. American would be denied from hearing one of the most brilliant minds in America debate issues with the leading candidates. To compound the sanctimony the leading candidates tell the citizens that voting for Sowell is a wasted vote.
However, consider the same scenario if no candidate received a majority vote and there were a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the most votes. Thomas Sowell may not be one of those two but under these circumstances, all citizens could have truly voted their conscience without fear of wasting their vote.
I had to read these sentences several times to try to grasp the concept of the first one--since Nader is an advocate for cradle to grave socialist nanny government.
As for the second-I hate to sound like the impeached rapist in chief, but it really depends on what the meaning of "success" is.
Nader has been assuring McAuliffe that his presence on the ballot is not going to take votes from democrats...but the fact is that when the slime on Kerry finally oozes through the cracks of the partisan press, democrats of concience - and they all consider themselves people of concience- will not be able to pull the handle (or punch the chad) for Kerry.
After watching the Dick Cavett interview and seeing Kerry's responses to the FBI files proving he was present at a meeting where the assasination of US Senators was discussed, my husband has already stated that he could never vote for Kerry.
Their only alternative will be Nader, which equals success for Bush, but unfortunately, the election of a Republican no longer guarantees the promotion of conservative ideas or policies. It's like process cheese food, you know it's not the real thing, but you swallow it anyway.
WASHINGTON -- And the most conservative senator is ... Jim Bunning? Guess again.
It's Mitch McConnell, according to National Journal, a weekly publication based in Washington.
Actually, McConnell shares the title with three of his fellow Republicans -- Jon Kyl of Arizona, Don Nickles of Oklahoma and Craig Thomas of Wyoming. The four tied for most conservative senator in the latest congressional rankings published by National Journal.
Bunning, who ranked third last year and was thought by some to be the frontrunner for the top spot this year, fell out of the top 10 and tumbled all the way down to No. 25.
Bunning's staff laughed off his free-fall in the rankings, saying the Southgate Republican is just as conservative now as he has always been.
"He never claimed to be No. 1 on the most conservative list," said Bunning spokesman Mike Reynard. "When he sits down to vote, he votes on the issues that are most important to Kentucky. I don't think he sits down and reads National Journal and tries to figure out whether he's going to be on top of the list or not."
National Journal, which has been evaluating the conservative and liberal records of Congress members since 1981, compiled the list by analyzing congressional voting records for 2002.
The publication looked at 55 Senate votes that related to economic, social and foreign policy. The votes then were put through a statistical analysis to determine each senator's score.
The most liberal senator was the late Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, a Democrat who was killed just before the November general election.
Ohio's two Republican senators -- Mike DeWine of Cedarville and George Voinovich of Cleveland -- were listed among those near the ideological center of the political spectrum.
J. Michael Thomson, an associate professor of political science at Northern Kentucky University, said the ratings reflect a snapshot of how Bunning voted last year rather than a shift in his political values.
"A series of votes on two or three issues could turn these rankings," Thomson said.
"Jim might have voted time and time again as a fiscal conservative.
"But if you put a measure out there that is going to help Kentucky tobacco farmers, maybe he's going to be more pro-federal government aid because that is an issue important for Kentucky."
Btw, I live right next to Corrine Brown's district. Since she is a registered member of the democratic socialists, you can see why I am willing to accept Aner Crenshaw as my rep. in congress. My senators are journaling Bob Graham and Space Cadet Nelson- oohh if he could only be washed up on a desert isle with Barbara Eden for a few years...
I suggest you reconsider this conclusion, especially the last part.
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