Why I Want a Democratic Landslide
by Chris Kahn
I want to see
the Democrats win all the way around; the Presidency, the Senate
and the House of Representatives. It is not for the reasons you
might think. I have no illusions. I do not think they will do anything
to address any of the issues I consider important. I think they
will do all the wrong things and it will accomplish nothing but
to make things worse. Not that I think the Republicans are any better.
They would also accomplish nothing either.
I have no doubt
that the United States are headed for a financial crisis that will
make 2008 look like a picnic. None of the
underlying issues that rose to the surface then have been addressed.
They have simply been papered over with lies and flimflammery. Sound
and fury signifying nothing.
is the media and the punditry have created a false narrative. Voters
have been told that there is a clear choice. On one side is a Democratic
party that believes government should take extraordinary measures
to stimulate the economy and alleviate the effects of unregulated
greed among the big Wall Street banks. On the other side is a Republican
party offering radical free market policies that would cut government
spending to the bone and take us back to gilded age of robber barons
of the Democrats is for the most part accurate. They really do believe
that government should act despite the fact that every time such
policies have been enacted they have failed. One only has to compare
the responses to the
depression of 1920 to those of 1929. One resulted in a quick
recovery, the other lead to fifteen years of stagnation that was
only relieved by the demobilization at the end of World War II and
the explosion of prosperity in the 1950s brought about by the reduction
of federal economic management.
It is the
image of the Republicans that bothers me. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan
are being portrayed as champions of free markets. Nothing could
be further than the truth. Ryan's proposed budget has been criticized
The truth is even Fox News recognizes that Ryan's "budget
plan doesn't actually slash the budget." In reality, the Republicans
wouldn't know a real budget cutting plan if
it were presented to them.
people who vote don't look at details; they listen to the sound
bites and rhetoric that tell them what they want to hear. Herein
is the source of my desire for a Democratic landslide. As I said,
I believe the worst is yet to come. There will be a collapse worse
than 2008 and if Romney is President what the majority of the people
will believe is that his "free market" plan did not work.
All they will know is Romney's "radical capitalism" caused
a disaster and the very idea of genuine free market solutions will
be set back for decades, if not generations. My hope is that if
the Democrats are in charge when the collapse happens, the idea
of government as an economic savior will be collapse as well and
that maybe a real free market
solution will have a chance.
[send him mail] is a stereotypical
baby-boomer. He provisions network and VoIP hardware for an Internet
service provider in Washington DC. Ron Paul led him to Murray Rothbard
and he is now an avid student of Austrian Economics.
© 2012 by LewRockwell.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in
part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.