People in jail want out

I (pictured) learned that phrase from my Alabama ex-wife, who would recite it whenever I would wistfully express a desire for something that simply was not going to happen, either in my professional legal career or my personal life.

I bring this up now, in the context of what I see as an increasingly course, vulgar, name-calling, echo-chamber becoming conservative blogosphere, that has been my second home for the past five plus years and through which I have built a second professional career as a paid conservative voice columnist in the MSM.

I acknowledge that I have been somewhat guilty of what now repels me. We are all sinners. I was called-out when the level of my discourse fell below standards earlier this year at Redstate.

Now, I must do some calling out, especially given the dual contexts of our Grand Old Party having been reduced to issuing Minority Reports since Election Day 2006 with the White House soon to follow on Inauguration Day 2009; and the Economic 9/11 paradigm shift that has engulfed us since the financial collapse this past September.

For the record, I want (and have wanted for months if not years) a supply-side stimulus of personal, corporate and capital gains tax rate cuts; an end to oil drilling moratoriums on land and sea; and drastic revisions to the Clean Water, Endangered Species and any other Acts that let trial lawyers kill jobs and energy independence from the building of oil refineries, nuclear plants or a new Shell station.

People in jail want out.

Maybe, after all the Keynesianism America can stand, a President Barack Obama will turn to Freidman and Lafferism. But until then, Republicans have a duty to try and hasten a recovery by responsible damage control. That means trying to make onerous bills less onerous.

Most importantly, we must recognize the paradigm shift that was the economic 911, the first identification of which was expressed by APO in comments and seconded by Dave Hinz in latter comments.

One way to acknowledge this shift is to recognize that we can’t make up for President Bush and the GOP’s ideological transgressions from 2001-2006 in this environment.

Secondly, we of all people should not reduce ourselves to the level of discourse seen at Daily Kos with respect to the character of President Bush.

I wanted Congress to adopt the Corker Amendments or some sort of structured, pre-packaged bankruptcy for Detroit’s Big Three automakers to force them to deal with their legacy costs and over-capacity.

People in jail want out.

But I also recognize, as does Jack Welch, Ben Stein, and many other conservatives, that now (repeat NOW) is not the time for over a million autoworkers to be thrown on the streets. Remember the Eco911 paradigm shift?

And it is not a “sell-out” for a president to support a small bridge loan to prevent a sudden collapse at the wrong time. The problems in Detroit will be dealt with over time. Yes, Obama, Reid and Pelosi will probably make it worse before reality is dealt with. President Bush couldn’t prevent that. He is leaving office. What he did do is trim the amount down by 25-33% with a loan that may last thru March 2009.

President Bush was not engaging in legacy for legacy’s sake. He was engaging in damage control in a crisis. This the federal government must do.

I wish he could have done so in the context of a majority Republican Congress and President Fred Thompson and majority Republican Congress to succeed him.

People in jail wish to get out.

But even a President Hamilton, Coolidge, Wilkie or Thompson would have had to stabilize the banking system. And bailing out millions of workers from immediate unemployment in the midst of an economic crisis is not a sell out.

We can wish that a mess caused mainly by distorting government interventions in free markets for three decades coupled with weaknesses in us born of affluence, could be solved by strict adherence to the conservative first principles we all admire and doing nothing to ease the transition.

People in jail want out.

The main conservative principle is to conserve capacity of the system to recover as quickly as possible, and it is no sell out to deal with the reality of Minority Report status and a crisis environment.

If we want to one day issue Majority Reports again, we must be seen as dealing with reality and part of the solution, even at the risk of being called names by some our own.

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

Mike DeVine, esq.
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