Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Buchanan: Sub-prime Superpower

Pat Buchanan has a tough (although depressing) take on the state of America in his latest column.

One point that I would like to make. Buchanan questions how we could pay for improvements in our infrastructure, but he unknowingly gives the correct conservative answer later on in his piece. The answer is by shutting down Social Security Disability - the 21st Century Welfare program.

As a classical conservative, I strongly believe that the two primary purposes of the United States government are 1) national defense and 2) infrastructure. This is in-line with the thinking of many of the founders, as well as a few modern day conservatives like Alan Keyes. The government is not here to prop up other regimes. The government is not here to make our citizenry totally dependent on the government for survival. The government is here to provide a safe environment for a free people to create a better life, to celebrate liberty, and to pursue happiness.

Do I agree with Buchanan that the sudden focus on the weaknesses of our infrastructure is media-driven and overblown? Yes. However, we need to start realizing that it's more important to keep the dam from cracking than it is for providing free government handouts to the people who live below the dam, just as we need to start focusing on our own dams, bridges, and transportation systems instead of providing the means to do so in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

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