On yesterday’s show, I repeated my belief that the GOP nominee must be a champion of free markets and capitalism. I wonder if Jeb Bush was listening to the show. From a piece by former Gov. Bush published in today’s Wall Street Journal:
We either can go down the road we are on, a road where the individual is allowed to succeed only so much before being punished with ruinous taxation, where commerce ignores government action at its own peril, and where the state decides how a massive share of the economy’s resources should be spent.
Or we can return to the road we once knew and which has served us well: a road where individuals acting freely and with little restraint are able to pursue fortune and prosperity as they see fit, a road where the government’s role is not to shape the marketplace but to help prepare its citizens to prosper from it.
In short, we must choose between the straight line promised by the statists and the jagged line of economic freedom. The straight line of gradual and controlled growth is what the statists promise but can never deliver. The jagged line offers no guarantees but has a powerful record of delivering the most prosperity and the most opportunity to the most people. We cannot possibly know in advance what freedom promises for 312 million individuals. But unless we are willing to explore the jagged line of freedom, we will be stuck with the straight line. And the straight line, it turns out, is a flat line.
I was surprised to read this muscular defense of capitalism from someone I view as more of a traditional moderate GOP politician. Then, this morning between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. Central time I nearly suffered a tragic treadmill accident when I saw Stephen Moore on Fox News talking about this piece. He said that Jeb Bush could still enter the presidential race, and win, even as a WRITE IN! Apparently, the name “Bush” is not box office poison anymore, as we were all lead to believe only a couple of years ago.
About 2 hours ago on his show, Rush Limbaugh was talking about this appearance by Stephen Moore, and (as usual), he made an excellent point; specifically, as excellent and spot-on as this piece by Jeb Bush is, had it been written by Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin, it would not inspire Stephen Moore to gush over them and suggest that they could win a write in campaign. In fact, chances are Mr. Moore and those of his ilk would suggest that the piece demonstrated the sort of heartlessness that will cost Republicans votes in 2012.
What is it about these East Coast elitist types? I like Stephen Moore, and often agree with him, but it’s clear that he has ingested the Washington Kool-Aid like nearly everyone else who lives on the right parenthesis.
I don’t think for a minute that Jeb Bush plans to enter the 2012 race. It’s a surprising turn of events that he is the guy who took up the call to counter Obama’s anti-capitalist ranting.