One thing that the libertarians are extremely good at is channeling the anger at Democrats for the Republican misdeeds. The methodology is rather simple and this is how it works.
- Take any action where the government made a big boo-boo!
- Keep talking about the mistake and how that mistake would not have happened if there was no government.
- The job is almost done when (2) is established since it is well known that every Libertine and a large section of Republicans are against government interference.
- Convert people’s mistrust of government into support for Republicans.
Take the recent racist super bowl ad; this advertisement is an excellent example of Republicans selling their country and blaming it on Democrats. No one denies that there is some truth behind the accusations; Americans jobs are getting outsourced, it is not a fair competition, and some countries are getting richer at America’s expense. The question is why blame it on Democrats? After all, was it not Ronald Reagan who started the process of selling this country?
It was Reagan who echoed Ayn Rand‘s philosophy that one who is poor is also lazy and one who is lazy is poor as well. Unemployment rates reached double digits during his presidency. The gap between rich and poor increased under his watch and it was his policies that essentially led to the stock market crash of 1987. While rightly complaining that excessive government interference leads to misallocation of resources, Reaganomics conveniently forgets that excessive reliance on private markets leads to misallocation in the form of large scale speculations. Speculations and get rich quick schemes become the way of life — exactly how the excesses of Wall Street we see today began under Reagan.
It is not a coincidence that China’s progress started during Reagan presidency. It was Reagan who started the process of deregulation that ultimately resulted in American jobs being outsourced all over the world and, a by the end of his era, there was a large increase in crappy jobs for Americans.
It’s not only China; when I look back on my child hood in India, I remember wealth flowing into the country at a rapid pace after 1980. From more than a dozen people living in three rooms, my extended family went to an apartment per family member within 20 years. Imagine this, and we are not even rich, we are still middle class. This growth was certainly not reciprocated in United States?
Here is the most annoying fact: it was Reagan who legitimized deficit spending. It is under Reagan’s watch that the US deficit ballooned from $997 billion to $2.85 trillion dollars — more than all prior presidents combined. It is preposterous to ignore the origins of the issue and blame the sorry state of affairs on Democrats.
The next time Republicans talks about deficits and outsourced jobs, ask them to look at the Reagan era and, hopefully, the sensible ones will realize the folly of their actions.