Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown (on the financial crisis.) A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, FOX Business, C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, and hundreds of radio programs... (Read More)
It was a pathetic speech. It was maudlin. It pandered to welfare state voters. It invoked his relatives, who he says were beneficiaries of the federal welfare state. So was he: free education. It is all good, he said. We must defend these programs.
Of course there are beneficiaries to these programs. But who pays? For how long? With how large a deficit? Just because your family has cashed in on the system is not a moral or fiscal defense of the system.
He appealed to the hoped-for Republican Party base of the future: welfare beneficiaries.
He never gave any numbers, except for an unattainable 4% economic growth rate.
It was all smoke and no mirrors.
If this is the best the party can produce at the top, which I think it probably is, the party is pathetic. Hopeless….
I am clearly anti-Republican at the national level. I think the Republican Party at the top is gutless, stupid, and geared only to compromise. The best that you can hope for is that they will keep the worst of the Democrat programs from being enacted. They are like a doorstop. They keep the door from slamming on your foot. Beyond that, the Republican Party is useless at the national level. I have said this for over 50 years, so I am not about to change at this late date.
My point was to have a little fun at Rubio’s expense. The speech was preposterous. It was one long saccharin call for more government spending for the welfare state. If that is what it takes to get elected President of the United States, then things are hopeless nationally.
I think local politics is worth contributing time and money to, because there, it is at least possible that you will get somebody into office who will stop taking federal money. But that is not Mr. Rubio….