On Romney and Ratchets… and Congress.
For the record, yours truly is very concerned about the Ratchet. Nearly every Administration and Congress has left power with the State in greater control and expense than it had previously. Each has pushed to crank the State Ratchet a notch or two leftwards. For example, Reagan’s Administration fought hard against the Congress to keep it in place – winning some and loosing others. The present Administration, with the aid of the previous Congress cranked it many notches hard-Left with pathetic opposition.
It doesn’t take a genius to slay an empty chair… the point being, Romney’s apparent winning at the moment is better described as Obama’s loosing. Romney still hasn’t convinced us that at the end of his first term – should there be one – that America will be a more Free and Brave home.
Will Romney and the new Congress actually unwind the massive, punitive expansion of centralized government and regulation of the past twelve years? Will they chop Dodd-Frank? Will they gore Sarbanes-Oxley? Rain on the EPA? Send the Bureau of Land Management out to pasture? Will they pink-slip hundreds of wasteful Agencies, Bureaus and Administrations? Will they have the guts to free Big Bird to fend for himself like an adult?
Will we have much of our Constitution restored and will we appoint true, originalist Justices to help guard it?
Romney the Squish lurks still within. He may be useful in the fight against some over-reach, but much will remain in place, notched further Left.
Romney will be lead by Congress, if Congress makes the commitment to atone. The answer is Congress, not Romney. It won’t be over if Romney wins – it just begins. (To borrow a concept… ) Revolution of our republic is a process, not an event.
“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.” – Carroll Quigley.