By Rod Morse
Washington DC is broken. I’ll grant you that government is supposed to be slow and deliberative. Politicians have now gone beyond Republican or Democrat, beyond partisan politics. The Party of Washington opposes President Trump because the President wouldn’t let the political hacks load up bills with as much pork as they want. That means that the political Party of Washington can’t earn the political kickbacks they are used to. The Party of Washington includes both Elite Republicans and Elite Democrats. They hate Trump and work to undermine him. What does this mean for us and what should we do about it?
“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or it they try, they will shortly be out of office.” Milton Friedman
It is usual for the party out of power to criticize the party in power. Elitist Democrats also despise President Trump. The Dems don’t condemn him with such vitriol because Trump is a Republican. They condemn Trump because he is a Conservative. That makes him an anathema to both the big government Democrat and Republican Elites. The elites are creatures of government and they always want more power. It is their cure-all to fix society’s ills. They also want more money, both for themselves and from us.
Elitists politicians spends billions on earmarked projects. They get millions of dollars in kickbacks from overpaid contractors. That is why most career politicians are millionaires after a few years. This isn’t a battle between Republicans and Democrats, but between the Elites; the Party of Washington versus the parties of the voters.
Clear and convincing evidence is in front of us. Look at the special election taking place in Alabama. There is a race to replace former Senator, and now Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. The Party of Washington is extremely nervous that they don’t slip into the political minority. The Elite Republicans spent tens of millions of dollars on the primary race that was sure to go to a Republican. Their candidate was another DC elitists. The DC insider lost the election, gathering only 9 votes for every 11 his opponent received. The Republican Establishment candidate lost even though independent campaign expenditures contributed over $100 per vote towards his election. The winner spent a small fraction of that amount. The winner is Judge Roy Moore.
Could republican candidates have use those tens of millions of campaign dollars in other elections..say in Virginia? The DC establishment doesn’t want to lose a swing vote. Like Trump, Judge Moore is hated by the elites of both parties.
There are very few small government democrats in office. The Democrat party officially shifted to big government socialism. They now represent tax consumers rather than tax payers. The Republican Elites can make money with Socialists, whether as a majority party or as a minority party out of power. The Republican Elites would rather elect a democrat than a small-government tea-party republican.
The Elites are in office for the money. We can vote them out of office any time we’re willing to read their record. Vote for a politician who wants smaller government. Now, would be a good time to start.