Hope springs eternal, kind of like herpes I guess. The Conservative Political Action Conference is starting and conservative bloggers are excited. Every 15 years or so the people generally refered to as conservatives get excited and figure they have a chance to take control of the government and roll back its size and scope. There was the Goldwater campaign; the Reagan campaign; the Contract With America, which was as close as they ever came; and the recent disappointment with our progressive overlords.
The HBD people believe that because non-Asian minorities vote heavily socialist, controlling immigration would give conservatives a chance to defeat it. Mainstream conservatives of the National Review sort believe that NAMs can eventually be persuaded socialism is not in their best interest. But as I have said, socialism is an entirely white concept and does not need any minorities to achive power. The current troubles in Europe bear this out.
So let’s say we only had conservatives, we would at least then get rid of socialism right? It’s a complete fantasy and will never happen but a man can dream can’t he? No he can’t. As far as I can tell a majority of conservatives are also socialist.
What conservative has a coherent plan for reducing the size of government? When a publicly traded corporation is not making as much money as management would like, its bureaucracy is cut very unsentimentally. These kinds of reductions occured mostly in the 80’s and 90’s- these corporations are run pretty lean now and have been for a while- but companies laying off thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of people used to be in the news all the time.
One way to look at this is the steady growth in Cabinet departments over the decades. I don’t remember how many the US had starting out, but I believe some later additions were Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Education, HEW/HHS, and Veterans.
You may protest the DOD is obviously necessary- but remember there was once Departments of War(the Army) and the Navy, which still exist. The DOD and Air Force Department were added, leaving four departments were once there were only two, with the same forces as before. I don’t think you have to be a hardcore libertarian to realize that the growth of food does not require a department, nor does the production of energy, the education of children or adults, and what critical services the government does need to provide can be grouped under other departments.
To be taken at all seriously, a conservative candidate would need to plan on closing the departments of Energy and Education. The federal government needs to control nuclear power, but since the DOD operates the majority of nuclear reactors they can do that. Veterans come from the DOD and the DOD can administer any programs former servicemembers may need. Are people any smarter or more educated since the establishment of the Department of Education? No? Lot of people getting paid to not accomplish anything. Really, this is just efficient management. It is not anything remotely radical. Laying people off is no fun but when there are more employees than work, that is what you do.
This will never happen though. People would get upset, and in a democracy people must never be upset. No politician unwilling to do this can be called anything but a socialist, and only a few meet that criteria. So let’s just stop pretending. The current path will be pursued until bankruptcy.