[This post is another of my comments that got out of hand.]

This Republicans phony Tax Reform Bill is only Step One of the Great Pillaging. As Steve Bannon has openly admitted, Step Two is the Destruction of the Administrative State, a destruction that is already well underway. That includes the Destruction of the Social Welfare component of the administrative state. Actually, this is nothing new. Since the Thirties, conservatives have been bent on destroying Social Security that was put in place to counter the dire consequences of the Great Depression and financial reforms intended to at least restrain the worst impulses and excesses of the vulture capitalist class.

What is less well-known is that the social welfare policies put in place under FDR and the Democrats weren't simply much-needed programs to keep old people from starving; these policies were also a way of staving-off the push toward Communism in the US. Indeed, public sentiment, and intellectual sentiment in particular, began to lean heavily in favor of communism in the Thirties. The proof of just how strong was that sentiment was the reactionary McCarthyite backlash of the Fifties.

Today's so-called Conservatives – and here I have in mind Ayn Rand acolytes like Paul Ryan and Rand Paul – should thank their lucky stars for FDR and his social welfare programs. But alas, they are blithely ignorant of history and of true conservatism, as espoused by every conservative thinker from Thomas Hobbes to Adam Smith. These men rightly understood and wrote that the only legitimate purpose of government is the protection of the people and promotion of the Commonweal.

The Founders echoed that proposition in the Preamble to the Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

But instead of true conservatism, we are cursed with the politics of greed conservatism of the Paulists and the reactionary conservatism of the so-called Freedom Caucus. This gaggle of half-wits and shallow-thinkers has set this country on a path far, far removed from that the Founders envisioned, the path of "I got mine, screw you" politics of supposedly enlightened self-interest.

Theirs is not the politics of freedom – it is the politics of servitude ... it is not the politics of conservatism – it is the politics of nihilism ... and in the long run, it is not even the politics of unenlightened self-interest – it is the politics of self-destruction.

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Comment by koshersalaami on December 6, 2017 at 8:56pm

It's not just the politics of greed. It's worse. It's the politics of revenge.

https://newrepublic.com/article/146123/tax-reform-libs

Comment by Maui Surfer on December 6, 2017 at 9:55pm

The country's been in free fall for a while ... the idea that Mr. Libbbooteranium and the worst VP choice in herstory are the actual timber of the senate and the house just shows the truth ... conservatives want only to conserve the power and nepotism that gets schmucks like these into places where they can do damage. The Civil War continues, and it looks ready to get back out in the streets and when it does my ticket to Oakland and back to Berkeley will be booked immediately. Imagine, Greenspan and the rest of those imbeciles who crashed the whole world all chain smoking and sitting cross legged in an undersized Manhattan apartment listening to Rand in between here trysts with, oh never mind. Yes, Rand Paul, whose youth and optical school was financed by the proceeds of a pre web racist subscription revenue newsletter. What a mastermind. I'll give the half wit Speaker the benefit of the doubt, he could have at least fought off his attacker instead of ending up in the hospital like the little twerp he is, a chip off the old block if there ever was one.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 7, 2017 at 4:59am

EXCELLENT

Comment by Ron Powell on December 7, 2017 at 7:19am

Well written and well said. 

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 7, 2017 at 7:43am

Kosh
Thanks for the link

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 7, 2017 at 7:59am

Surfer Dude
Well, I'm not sure Ryan was the worst VP choice in history, there are any number of unusual suspects, starting with big Dick "Darth" Cheney and Dan "Mr. PotatoeHead" Quayle. Telling that both of those losers were Bush choices. Oh, and Andrew "Whiskey" Johnson comes to mind as well – not one of Honest Abe's better decisions. And let me not overlook Spiro "Grocery Boy" Agnew, the nattering nabob of negativism and only VP - so far - to go to jail.

Like I said, so many to choose from, but when this present fiasco becomes fait accompli, the worst choice in history may well turn out to be the present possessor of the infamous "bucket of spit" otherwise known as the vice-presidency. If Mike "Kristian Sharia" Pence ascends the throne, he will do everything in his power to make Margaret Atwood's frightening work of fiction The Handmaid's Tale stark reality. Beware the bible-thumper above all others.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 7, 2017 at 8:01am

Jonathan
An excellent comment, if I do say so myself ;-)

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 7, 2017 at 8:01am

Ron
Thanks on both counts

Comment by Maui Surfer on December 7, 2017 at 1:57pm

Agree with all your points on the others, but, still stuck on Ryan. The idea that a total lightweight, one even Quayle could have outmaneuvered, who fakes dish-washing videos and spends most of his time in the capital weight room, yet still looks like a little punk, makes him number one in my book. While Johnson may be considered the biggest traitor since Benedict Arnold, while Cheney has proved our so called world dominance to be a farce, none of them, even those with tuber spelling issues, could follow the folly of following The Fountainhead as if it were the Old Testament.

Comment by Maui Surfer on December 7, 2017 at 2:01pm

As for Pence, he is not scary enough to keep the public at bay. Once we impeach the Grifter, he will not be able to show his face ANYWHERE and protests on everything he does will happen everywhere except the Bible Belt, and there Antifa and the Black Bloc and the Redneck Revolt will take him on head to head. He is, plain and simple and I know the danger of the power he represents all too well, but, he himself, is plain and simple just a wuss. A punk. A chickenhead weasel.

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