It is traditional to contrast Europe and the U.S.A. on socioeconomic principles:
“Europe knows where it is going and is in no hurry to get there!”
“America does not know where it is going and is in a great hurry to get there.”
There is now a significant mutation: Two of the candidates would like to adopt the European model for socialism and still get there in a hurry.
The results of the Freedom Scores for candidates are in:
- The Democrats—both of them—want to adopt the European model of socialism. They believe that they are generating new wealth when they expand old federal agencies and create new ones. They point to the new jobs “created” by government financing in “infrastructure-building” and “greening.” They do not understand that government only redistributes wealth which was generated by the private sector. You cannot distribute wealth that you did not generate!
- The Republicans, in turn, while concentrating upon Internal and External Security, have emphasized Entrepreneurial-driven Free Enterprise. Viewing government-centered economic development as “sad failures,” Republicans believe that private sector initiatives are the only hope for sustained prosperity. They believe “that government should do only those things that we cannot do individually, should tax no more than is necessary, and should spend only on genuine national priorities.”
Here are the Freedom Scores for the Bush administration (see Table 1). All are Level 1.0 Scores:
- “His secretive and enigmatic style of relating has produced a dependent rather than an interdependent culture!”
- “His authoritarian governance has produced an intimidated rather than an enlightened citizenry!”
- “His chain-of-command economy has enabled the multinational corporations to displace our tradition of entrepreneurial enterprise.”
The Democrats’ conclusions: “We can do as well as he can!”
The truth is that they can. Anybody can!
Table 1: Freedom Scores for Bush
The 2008 Campaign can only be viewed in the context of Bush’s “Failed Conservatism:”
Against this dark record, amateurs as well as pros may look good transitionally. Be assured of this: The solution must be as extreme as the crisis—and in America it cannot be socialistic!