Monday, June 28, 2004

Conservative Characteristic

Kevin Drum says:

"Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush all had economic recoveries, but under Reagan and Bush it was (and is) primarily the rich who benefited. Under Clinton, the poor and middle class also benefited, and this was not just a coincidence. It was the result of deliberate policy choices inspired by a belief that when the economy grows, everyone should benefit.

Conservatives do more than simply disparage this: they ignore it, and it's a telling ignorance. Perhaps more than anything, it tells you everything you need to know about the values and character of modern conservatism, and it's not a pretty picture."

1 comment:

S.W. Anderson said...

It's interesting that conservatives tend to accord people who've risen in business and people who have great wealth, whether earned, inherited or won in a lottery, the presumption of superior intelligence, industriousness and virtue.

This is interesting because of all the evidence a whole lot of these people are soulless greedmongers, selfish dolts and even common criminals. Take Enron's Kenneth "Kenny Boy" Lay, HealthSouth criminal executive officer Richard Scrushy. Take multimillionaire radio "personality" and prescription pill junkie Rush Limbaugh. How about those pillars of Wall Street ethics, Michael Millken and Jack Grubman? And let's not forget warm, caring Leona Helmsley. Then there's the entire board of directors, CEO and all the executives of the now-defunct Arthur Andersen accounting firm -- these lowlifes in high places even travel in packs. Just this week, the former CEO of Rite-Aid is off to federal prison for several years of folding laundry, or something.

This is not to say that all wealthy and successful people are selfish sleazeballs. Some, such as Warren Buffett and George Soros, are incredibly bright, decent, even unassuming, people. But based on what I've seen, I refuse to join conservatives and Republicans in just naturally expecting exceptional intelligence or goodness from the rich and successful.