February 23, 2015

TOO TIMID TO BE CALLED REFORM:

Why reform conservatives should join the Democratic Party (Jeff Spross, February 23, 2015, The Week)

Whither the reformicons? [...]

I think a lot of the confusion stems from the assumption that we're dealing with Big Ideas -- "civil society" versus "technocratic centralization" or "conservatism" versus "liberalism." But politics isn't about Big Ideas. It's about coalitions and the power to get things done. What makes the reformicons so weird is they insist on being loyal to a political coalition that is uniquely hostile to, and disinterested in, their policy preferences. As Elias Isquith put it, they have no actual voter base.

In short, the reformicons need to join the Democratic Party.


We are dealing with the Big Idea of the last 40 years of politics--The Third Way.  The problem for the Reformicons is that they aren't thinking big enough, as big as the Bush brothers do.  Rather than making the tax code even more complicated, they should be focused on increasing the wealth of the middle and lower classes via W's personal SS accounts and HSAs and through Paul O'Neill accounts.  

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