Jeb Bush wrote an editorial in the WSJ yesterday that was jaw dropping in its audacity. Capitalism and the Right to Rise – In freedom lies the risk of failure. But in statism lies the certainty of stagnation.
Congressman Paul Ryan recently coined a smart phrase to describe the core concept of economic freedom: “The right to rise.”
Think about it. We talk about the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to assembly. The right to rise doesn’t seem like something we should have to protect.
But we do. We have to make it easier for people to do the things that allow them to rise. We have to let them compete. We need to let people fight for business. We need to let people take risks. We need to let people fail. We need to let people suffer the consequences of bad decisions. And we need to let people enjoy the fruits of good decisions, even good luck.
That is what economic freedom looks like. Freedom to succeed as well as to fail, freedom to do something or nothing. People understand this. Freedom of speech, for example, means that we put up with a lot of verbal and visual garbage in order to make sure that individuals have the right to say what needs to be said, even when it is inconvenient or unpopular. We forgive the sacrifices of free speech because we value its blessings. (emphasis mine)
Clean away the hypocrisy, the self-righteous stridency and the pure silliness and there is some things in there the average progressive liberal also believes in. As a matter of fact the ones in the bottom 50% of the media income level live and die by the rules of the market place, even though they have almost nothing to do with pulling the levers that rain down the economic catastrophes they have always paid for and which people like Jeb never do. Jeb helped a conman bilk Medicare out of millions, Jeb and his partner defaulted on a $4.5 million loan from a Florida S&L in 1988. Jeb only paid back ten percent of the loan ( which he technically did not qualify for, but got because of his last name, not because he was a great businessman or had the collateral. Amazingly Jeb got to keep the property and left a collapsed savings and loan in his wake. Jeb’s brother is also another one of those believers in the right to ‘rise’. Neil Bush was a principal in the 1988 collapse of Silverado Banking in Denver, which cost taxpayers $1 billion. Risers, followers of Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Ayn Rand don’t pay for their mistakes, tax payers do. Neil also got a kickback from $132 million dollars he made to some other risers who defaulted on the loan. Tax payers picked up the tab for that as well. Remember George W. Bush, our first MBA president. As director of Harken Energy he drove the company into the ground. Knowing that it was going under he dumped his stock. Another Rethuglican riser wise in the ways of taking responsibility. Dubya managed to run a total of three businesses off the cliff before his daddy (G.H.W. Bush) bought him the governorship of Texas. Dubya would go on accomplish the biggest neatest trick of all, with the help of Paul Ryan and congressional conservatives who believe ” In freedom lies the risk of failure,” to run the entire U.S. economy into a ditch, bail-out the billionaires and give average Americans the bill. The 99% took the grief for the freedom the Right used to take risks with the nation’s wealth. When Jeb and the Bush family talks about statism, it is always shrouded in the self referential and bullet proof layers of naked hypocrisy. The Bush boys were all born with a silver spoon up the wasu, as was their father. They have never achieved anything that was not a legacy of money, power, connections and privilege. Jeb does go on, layering on some sanctimonious bull,
The right to rise does not require a libertarian utopia to exist. Rather, it requires fewer, simpler and more outcome-oriented rules. Rules for which an honest cost-benefit analysis is done before their imposition. Rules that sunset so they can be eliminated or adjusted as conditions change. Rules that have disputes resolved faster and less expensively through arbitration than litigation.
Thanks to some recent news we’ve found the perfect place for Jeb, Paul Ryan, the brave crusaders of anti-statism. Its perfect in that it is in the infancy of its free market adventures and they don’t need no stink’n rules, just like the conservative and right-wing libertarian movements – Russia oil spills wreak devastation
On the bright yellow tundra outside this oil town near the Arctic Circle, a pitch-black pool of crude stretches toward the horizon. The source: a decommissioned well whose rusty screws ooze with oil, viscous like jam.
This is the face of Russia’s oil country, a sprawling, inhospitable zone that experts say represents the world’s worst ecological oil catastrophe.
Environmentalists estimate at least 1 percent of Russia’s annual oil production, or 5 million tons, is spilled every year. That is equivalent to one Deepwater Horizon-scale leak about every two months. Crumbling infrastructure and a harsh climate combine to spell disaster in the world’s largest oil producer, responsible for 13 percent of global output.
Oil, stubbornly seeping through rusty pipelines and old wells, contaminates soil, kills all plants that grow on it and destroys habitats for mammals and birds. Half a million tons every year get into rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean, the government says, upsetting the delicate environmental balance in those waters.
It’s part of a legacy of environmental tragedy that has plagued Russia and the countries of its former Soviet empire for decades, from the nuclear horrors of Chernobyl in Ukraine to lethal chemical waste in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk and paper mill pollution seeping into Siberia’s Lake Baikal, which holds one-fifth of the world’s supply of fresh water.
19th century newspaper publisher once said in a famous piece of advice regarding western expansion in the U.S., “Go west young man.” To the herd of conservative sheep who relentlessly parrot the nonsense spouted by Jeb Bush, go to Russia. The gov’mint there doesn’t care about regulations or enforcing the ones they have – it’s a Koch brothers-crony capitalism paradise. The Russian government and Russian big business have adopted your laissez faire model – anything goes to make a buck. It’s the amoral utopia Jeb and the rabid right dream of. In Jeb’s fairytale, corruption and creed did not cause the U.S. financial collapse, it was those regulations that protected your family’s air and drinking water. And liberals. And the war on Christmas. And the Freddie Mac and ACORN.
The X-factor here is the White House. What will they do if they sense that the payroll cut, and UI and the doc fix are all about to expire? In the last days of the debt limit fight, the Obama administration faced a similar dilemma. Reid had a plan in the Senate, Boehner had a plan in the House. But just as now, House Republicans rebelled, and left Boehner hanging — seemingly destroying his ability to negotiate. Suddenly Reid had the only viable legislation in the Congress and with the hours ticking down, it looked like Republicans would have to cave and pass it. That’s when the White House stepped in and cut a deal with Republicans, effectively bailing Boehner out. That’s the deal that ultimately passed. If the White House spooks out about the prospect of all these provisions lapsing, administration officials could step in once again.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has asked Democrats in the House to vote for the compromise bill should they get another chance. That would be 192 votes ( my math could be off by a couple of votes because of various things like representatives with medical problems). Reid and House Speaker Boehner(R-OH) too for that matter, because he was backing the compromise and it would save his ass yet again, need 218 votes for the two month compromise to pass. That means only around 27 Republicans need to decide to be reasonable adults or just want to get home and have some holiday ham. I’m not crazy about making predictions in cases like this because the White House is a wildcard on caving. Republican House rank and file members seem to be ready to go home to their constituents and take the heat for rising blue-collar and middle-class taxes, millions of Americans losing their unemployment benefits which they will than not be spending on rent or consumer goods and preventing millions of seniors on Medicare from seeing their doctor. OK, conservatives are crazy and cold-hearted enough to go scorched earth. Guess who will not be subject to any hardship caused my Republican intransigence. People like Jeb Bush who are the brave risk takers for whom America should be down on it’s knees thanking for all they’ve
done screwed everyone out of.
Why do conservatives continue to admire the governing ideologies of tyrants and despots while claiming to be pro freedom – Newt Gingrich and His ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ Constitution
On Sunday morning, he told Bob Schieffer of CBS News’ Face The Nation that the Capitol police, or federal marshals, could and should come and arrest those judges if they refuse to respond in person to a subpoena seeking to publicly shame them for making unpopular decisions. He also delivered this shuddering version of the Constitution, an unfamiliar Rock-Paper-Scissors version, in which the promise of separation of powers is akin to a playground game:
Here’s the key — it’s always two out of three. If the president and the congress say the court is wrong, in the end the court would lose. If the congress and the court say the president is wrong, in the end the president would lose. And if the president and the court agreed, the congress loses. The founding fathers designed the constitution very specifically in a Montesquieu spirit of the laws to have a balance of power not to have a dictatorship by any one of the three branches.
Poof, just like that, the leading candidate’s “key” to nowhere. What Gingrich really is saying, under the guise of blasting “elitist” judges, is that the Bill of Rights would no longer be used to protect individual rights because the judges who help ensure those (often unpopular) rights can be outvoted by the White House and the Congress. In President Gingrich’s world, evidently, the Supreme Court would not have the final say on the law. The majority, as represented by the popularly elected branches, would have the ultimate vote. Not in every case, Gingrich says, just in some. Does that reassure you the way he meant it to?
For centuries authoritarian regimes would remove or over rule decisions made by judges. Judges were thus under pressure not to make unbiased rulings, but to make decisions which would meet the approval of the powers that be. That Gingrich and so much of the conservative base has shown their true ideological leanings is a good thing. Decade after decade conservative have wrapped up their tyranny, their extremism, their just plain batsh*t insane beliefs in the red, white and blue with a dash of twisted dogma and too many people have bought into it at the expense of the nations’ principles and founding values.
Ray Charles – Winter Wonderland