Sweet fancy Moses! What’s next? Will conservatives come out in favor of bears doing their bathroom business in the woods without government oversight? Will the market fundamentalists soon argue that children eat candy for the sweet, sweet taste? Is there no end to their ideological madness?
What a great way to start the day! Jonah Goldberg, writing in National Review, thinks the resistance to renewing authorization for the “corporatist carbuncle”—as he calls the Export-Import bank—is a very good thing. And so do I.
Usually that authorization is rubber-stamped by Democrats and Republicans alike—another example of how different they aren’t—as evidenced by their willingness to use our money to fund the bank two dozen times since its birth under FDR in 1934, with nary a dissenting voice.
But not this time. According to the AP it took months of negotiations and pleas and bargainings and, no doubt, some backroom deals, to get the recalcitrant objectors into line and obtain the authorization finally rendered.
And who are these “recalcitrant” throwbacks? Why free market supporters, that’s who! As Goldberg said, “Conservatives—and especially libertarians but also some leftists—have been building the case against corporatism for a very long time.”
Partly it’s Obama’s fault, says Goldberg:
President Obama is easily the most corporatist president since FDR. He bought a couple of car companies. His health-care law turns insurance companies into utilities. He increasingly speaks the language of economic nationalism used by the two Roosevelts.
But it also has to do with what Goldberg calls a “growing philosophical consistency on the right.” Where did that come from?
I like to think that the so-obvious attempts by Obama to impose his socialist mandates onto the American people are causing many of them to reconsider exactly what kind of government they want. And that’s a good thing.
I have been hard-pressed to find any good thing to say about Obama and his attempts to impose Alinsky-ite authoritarian rule onto the country. But I have found one: he is galvanizing opposition like no president before him.
I find that reassuring. And so does Goldberg.