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Essence of Conservatism

Wednesday, 07 September 2005 12:00 AM

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Katrina is just the latest example.

Pick your poison: from bungled investigations to billion-dollar rip-offs, government in our country is often more a problem than a problem-solver.

Liberals - and this is why they have lost power nationally - still cling to the notion of using the government to ‘do good.' But, even when well-intentioned, government efforts to solve a problem rarely work; and often they actually make that problem worse.

LBJ's Great Society and his War on Poverty. Who could question the good intent of curing poverty and illiteracy and hunger?

But after decades of massive federal and state spending - in the trillions of dollars cumulatively - there are actually more people living under the poverty level now than when these programs began in the 1960s.

Plus, there are tremendous and unanticipated social consequences to those well-intentioned government programs: the taxes needed to pay for them crushed the middle class in the 1970s and caused a ‘reverse racial antipathy' that has set back the state of race relations to this day.

So a series of federal programs designed to heal racial divisions and elevate the poor did neither.

Hurricane Katrina is another perfect example: while government on all three levels - federal, state and local - have proven to be somehow totally surprised and inept, private companies and churches were already ready to act the first day - until the government turned them away.

Conservatism has really never changed; only those who try to co-opt its now-popular political label have changed.

Barry Goldwater was the father of modern-day conservatism, and he handed off that mantle to Ronald Reagan after the 1964 campaign.

Reagan Conservatism is a modified ‘Libertarian Conservatism' that basically distrusts governments'ability to do much - even when well-intentioned.

The Bushes - father and son - were

Two years later his father ran for President in the GOP primaries against Ronald Reagan. Bush derided Reagan's economic plan as voodoo economics. Again, a Bush ran as a moderate or a liberal republican. And again, a Bush lost that race.

In 1992, after four years as President, George H.W. Bush had to face a conservative - Pat Buchanan - in the GOP primaries. Buchanan so wounded Bush that he was dead meat for Perot and Clinton in November. The fault lines of the modern GOP were clear: true conservatism was in and ‘Rockefellerism' was gone. Goodbye.

So G.W. Bush cosmetically morphed himself into a Reaganite - horseless ranch, cowboy clothes and down home lingo - all from a kid who went to Andover, Yale and Harvard Business School.

But in his essence, G.W. Bush is a Big Government Republican. His type loves federal power for power's sake. They love the trappings of the power - but don't know how to use it effectively.

Katrina is but the latest example.

Why the Feds behaved the way they did last week - slow to get going while people were dying - is

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