On the December 21st Cashin’ In, the panel discussed whether the “media love affair” with President Obama is over and good for taxpayers. Near the end of the discussion, Jonathan Hoenig summed up what he thinks should be the Republican slogan for 2014 and beyond.
Everyone knows that the President lied (about ObamaCare). I mean the president’s own staff admits it was a lie, but why isn’t the right getting any traction? Because the right concedes the president’s basic premise, that we are our brother’s keeper. That’s another thing we hear a lot of folks on the right say. So there’s this sense of, “Oh, so what if the President lied? He’s actually doing what’s right, what’s moral – government-controlled health care.” And until the right can actually stand up and present a real alternative - we are not our brother’s keeper, - then I think they can’t get any traction on any of these issues.
If that’s the way Hoenig wants the GOP to present themselves, I don’t think they’ll get any traction from that, either.
Jonathan Hoenig’s comments are refreshingly honest. He’s just openly stating what many libertarians espouse in their philosophy: that man is NOT his Brother’s Keeper. I’m actually happy to see one of these guys being open about what they think. Because libertarian philosophy, as we have repeatedly examined at this website, boils down to the simple notion of “I got mine, (Bleep) you.” It’s a consistent position for Hoenig to say this while attacking government programs and public assistance. It’s consistent with the libertarian notion of demanding that taxation be drastically reduced or eliminated.
Of course, this philosophy neatly ignores most of American history, or at least the parts they wish weren’t there. Because America tried the idea of not having government programs for the poor, or having any kind of public assistance in the areas of unemployment, retirement, health care. And we tried the idea of just letting big business run amok and do whatever it wanted because the market would always correct itself. The result was multiple economic depressions throughout the 19th Century and into the 20th Century. We very nearly had another depression 6 years ago as a result of deregulation. And had George W. Bush succeeded in dismantling Social Security in 2005, we absolutely would have been looking at a major depression in 2008.
Libertarians may not like it, but cutting off all funds to the poorest among us only results in a situation where businesses don’t have enough customers to keep themselves going. I’m sure libertarians would be fine to see poor people simply disappear (along with the undocumented immigrants and all the other bogeymen they regularly trumpet about), but we don’t live in a world where that’s going to happen. At the same time, we’ve seen multiple situations where big businesses have received large taxpayer funded subsidies, even while outsourcing their operations to much cheaper venues elsewhere in the world. So the notion of telling the poor person whose work has been outsourced and whose EDD benefits just got cut to “get a job” is not only ill-informed but frankly, mean-spirited.
Personally, I’d be interested to see if Hoenig can convince Fox News to really go with this idea, and if together they can convince politicians to actually run on the slogan of not being our brother’s keeper. If they actually do that, we could see a massive blowout in the midterms this year. Although I don’t think it will quite go in the direction the GOP would prefer.
Get a life, fuckwad.
I never heard his staff say he lied. In fact, the ACA grandfathered this in, and if people changed their policies after the fact, or the Insurance Providers cancelled their existing plans? That does NOT mean the President LIED.
WTG, Hoe-pig — keep that rightwing Republican Outreach going!
Anyway, this is no surprise coming from Hoe-pig — the one who advocated military strikes on Iran for the sole purpose of increasing his investment portfolio:
and claimed he had the “right” to smash his pet dog’s head against a brick wall because “animals have no rights”:
I didn’t think so.
Happy New Year, ’Hounds!
“And until the right can actually stand up and present a real alternative – we are not our brother’s keeper, – then I think they can’t get any traction on any of these issues.”
At least it will be an absolutely true RepublicanT Party slogan. “We are not our brother’s keeper.” It can be added to, “I got mine and forget you.”