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Alan Greenspan's Autobiography, and His Decision to Switch Political Parties
Findlaw.com ^ | 10/4/07 | John W. Dean

Posted on 10/04/2007 11:20:47 AM PDT by imd102

As readers may well know, I am a former Republican, turned Independent because he saw for himself that the GOP was not very good at government. It is nice to have such eminent company as former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank Alan Greenspan. When Greenspan speaks, people truly listen.

Greenspan describes himself as "a lifelong libertarian Republican." But conservative columnist Robert Novak thinks that Greenspan is, in fact, "a Democrat" because he "loves Bill Clinton … he's dismissive of Ronald Reagan as an amiable putz, [and] he detests the Bushes." Others who have read Greenspan's new work think he is a "Goldwater Republican." Labels are always confusing, if not increasingly meaningless; I call myself a "Goldwater conservative," yet am no longer a Republican.

Greenspan bluntly writes that under the Republicans, "[g]overnance has become dangerously dysfunctional." This is the way a central banker says it is broken. (They have their own language, of course - one that Greenspan only occasionally employs, usually to be diplomatic.)

As for the legislative branch under Republican control, Greenspan says succinctly and memorably, "Republicans in Congress lost their way. They swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; gop; greenspan; republicans

1 posted on 10/04/2007 11:20:50 AM PDT by imd102
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To: imd102

Greenspan is a major SOCIAL LIBERAL who tries to be a fiscal conservative. Of late, he needs to shut his stupid mouth. Much of the problems were STARTED under his watch.


2 posted on 10/04/2007 11:23:00 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: imd102

Hes married to Andrea Mitchell who is a major liberal correspondent for some MSM outlet. And Andrea is majorly in the tank for Hillary. Who on earth do you think Greenspan is really pulling for?


3 posted on 10/04/2007 11:24:53 AM PDT by Thebaddog (My dogs are asleep paws up)
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To: nmh

Ditto.


4 posted on 10/04/2007 11:25:23 AM PDT by caisson71
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To: imd102

The best descripton I’ve read of Alan Greenspan is ‘social climber’. When you look at his life, and how he floated from one cocktail party theory to another, as time passed, it all falls into place.


5 posted on 10/04/2007 11:27:18 AM PDT by Badeye (So much for the faux tri athlete)
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To: Thebaddog

Once he married her...the cat was out of the bag! :)


6 posted on 10/04/2007 11:28:21 AM PDT by Right_Rev (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke)
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To: nmh

Well sure. He got his, screw the rest of us.


7 posted on 10/04/2007 11:31:23 AM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: imd102
All kind of a non-issue. Who cares what he thinks of politics anymore than what Gwen Stefani does? He was the nation's chief banker. He's never been elected anything. Nothing he says here is particularly inciteful or unique.

Some of his best writing may have been in his real Objectivist days - his piece on anti-trust is brilliant.

Otherwise, his value as a political commentator here is only to the left in the media who want to use him as yet another tool to discredit W/Republicans.

8 posted on 10/04/2007 11:32:28 AM PDT by mbraynard (optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: imd102

I’ve been wondering lately about senility.....for ole Greenspan....


9 posted on 10/04/2007 11:32:48 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: imd102

Would that be cowardly weasel, disloyal smegma THE John Dean?

Or some other lying, condescending fomer-Rino who shares the same defiled name?


10 posted on 10/04/2007 11:35:22 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Thebaddog

Sigh. Same thing happens to Goldwater in his dotage. Younger lib wife syndrome.

You know, I’d understand Greenspan’s shift if Andrea Mitchell wasn’t so ... shopworn looking.


11 posted on 10/04/2007 11:39:46 AM PDT by WOSG (I just wish freepers would bash Democrats as much as they bash Republicans)
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To: EyeGuy

THE Dean of Watergate.


12 posted on 10/04/2007 11:44:36 AM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: Thebaddog
Hes married to Andrea Mitchell who is a major liberal correspondent for some MSM outlet. And Andrea is majorly in the tank for Hillary. Who on earth do you think Greenspan is really pulling for?

Mary Matalin is married to James Carville.

13 posted on 10/04/2007 11:47:40 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: imd102

John Dean of all people. LOL


14 posted on 10/04/2007 11:55:56 AM PDT by kabar
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To: imd102

The big payoff for being chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank is not the paycheck, it’s all the worshiping and butt kissing they get. It leads to narcissism developing which can cause any conservative to develop this primarily Democrat mental disorder. Narcissism is a disease that can strike at any age. Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger for another example of a conservative that’s gone over to the dark side out of sheer vanity.


15 posted on 10/04/2007 12:00:38 PM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: stevio

Absolutely!

Now that he’s out of position, he full of criticism. Worse yet, some of the problems we have today were started under HIS REIGN.


16 posted on 10/04/2007 12:04:16 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: imd102

The only thing interesting about Greenspan is how he was able to fool so many Americans into thinking he was a conservative.


17 posted on 10/04/2007 12:05:25 PM PDT by Muleteam1
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To: imd102
Greenspan never said he was becoming a Democrat, at least not that I've heard of.

And I think most here share his opinion of the last Republican Congress.

"Libertarian" conservative is usually code for pro-abortion, so that's probably where most of his differences with mainstream Republicans comes from.

18 posted on 10/04/2007 12:07:36 PM PDT by colorado tanker (I'm unmoderated - just ask Bill O'Reilly)
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To: colorado tanker
"Libertarian" conservative is usually code for pro-abortion, so that's probably where most of his differences with mainstream Republicans comes from.

I've always taken libertarian conservative to mean economic issues are placed on much higher importance than social issues and not necessarily pro abortion. I consider myself a libertarian conservative. I am 100% against Roe vs Wade. The Republican party gets a D- for Fiscal Conservative (only reason its not an F is because of tax cuts--although they aren't permanent) the last 8 years. If a strong economic conservative is not nominated, I will not be voting Republican again next year. Hunter will get my vote in the primary.

19 posted on 10/04/2007 12:23:47 PM PDT by rb22982
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To: rb22982
IMHO, one of Dubya’s biggest blunders was never using his veto to force some fiscal responsibility on the Republican Congress. Had he done so, they might not have lost their majority.
20 posted on 10/04/2007 12:41:00 PM PDT by colorado tanker (I'm unmoderated - just ask Bill O'Reilly)
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To: rb22982

As someone who considers themselves a “libertarian conservative” also, I agree with your assesment that this means social issues are less important than economic. I also agree with you that if that is the definition we go by, then the current administration unfortunately gets a D-.


21 posted on 10/04/2007 12:50:16 PM PDT by imd102
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To: colorado tanker

Agreed, that and closing the border/booting illegals would have made me a very happy Republican. But alas that did not happen.


22 posted on 10/04/2007 1:12:40 PM PDT by rb22982
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To: imd102
For those not old enough to remember John Dean, here is a quick reference. He was never a man of high character, and it is appropriate that he now identifies with the other side.

I've never believed that Alan Greenspan was a Republican.

23 posted on 10/04/2007 1:17:37 PM PDT by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: All

It’s all about what you value.

Abortion-grinding fetuses, you just might be a commie pig deathocrat.

capitalism, freedom. Conservative.


24 posted on 10/05/2007 9:56:37 PM PDT by ottersnot (Got values?)
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