by Ralph Benko
The Revelation: “All we want,” said Kudlow, “is for everybody to get richer.” Therein hangs a tale. And therein, perhaps, hangs the outcome of a presidential race. The Republican Party (much to the astonishment of practically everyone) is composed exclusively of … people. It thus is subject to human nature. It is undeniable that a significant part of the Republican voter base is made up of rich (or at least affluent) people. Rich people (except in California, a parallel universe) vote Republican. So, naturally, Republicans love rich people. And hate the poor. Nothing personal. Poor people vote Democratic.
So, naturally, the Democrats love the poor. Who wouldn’t? It’s easy to love the people who wish to put you into power. Conversely, Democrats (excluding Bill Clinton and few other outliers) naturally hate the rich.
In politics, however, nothing ever is quite as it seems. Paradoxes abound.
Revealed here, for the first time: the Republican Secret Agenda. What is at the core of their (OK, our) Nefarious Plot? Our Secret Plot is to make all the poor people rich. That’s the only way to end this ridiculous “two party” system and to make every Man-Jack and Woman-Jill in America into loyal Republicans.
As an aside, the Constitution provides explicitly that “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government….” While the black helicopter right is looking at articles of impeachment for President Obama it should by no means overlook his failure to enforce, by whatever means necessary, this precious Constitutional guarantee. State Democratic Parties and elected officials are a clear violation of the black letter of the Constitution. Hello, Justice Kennedy!
While we are awaiting the enforcement of Article IV, section 4, however, iconic supply-sider Larry Kudlow, founding member of the newly fledged Committee to Unleash Prosperity, broke the Republican Code of Omerta and revealed the sinister game afoot.
In an interview with David Freedlander in The Daily Beast, The Rich New Yorkers Schooling GOP Hopefuls in Reaganomics, Kudlow spills the beans: “All we want,” said Kudlow, “is for everybody to get richer.”
Nefarious? Pure Evil Genius.
If the GOP makes all the poor people rich the Democratic Party base implodes. (Mwahahaha!) Even Progressives, who style themselves as champions of the poor, will lose their purpose. They will be forced either to join ranks with the GOP’s supply-siders (where they would be made welcome)… or go off to make batique, open up kilns, massage salons, yoga studios, and medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley, Ann Arbor, Madison and Asheville. (Which they might just find very congenial.)
Freedlander, in his Pulitzer-worthy exposé, nails it:
The Committee’s core group — … grew to include Steve Forbes and supply-side patriarch Art Laffer—believe that since World War II, the American economy has grown by 3½ percent annually, but that over the last 15 years, growth has shrunk to 2 percent annually.
“This growth slump has damaged investment, employment, incomes, poverty, social mobility, family life, and above all, lack of growth has damaged the American dream of opportunity for all,” says a Committee memo that serves as something of a founding document.
The Committee has come up with key principles that would make Uncle Ronnie proud. Among them: “a flat tax; limited government spending; lite regulation; sound money; free trade; and the rule of Constitutional law.”
“Yes, [the candidate’s] rhetoric is not bad. There is a lack of detail and specifics however,” [Kudlow] told The Daily Beast in a phone interview…. “You’ve got a bunch of smart guys and most of them want to remain in the Reagan tradition of supply-side economics and tax cuts and deregulation. We get that.”
Club for Growth founder [Steve] Moore said that the point of the Committee to Unleash American Prosperity was not so much to remind the GOP contenders of core principles as it was to explain the basics to them.
“Many of them have not dealt with these kind of issues before. We are, quite frankly, trying to educate them,” he said.
Economic growth, Moore added, was actually being underplayed on the campaign trail.
One can infer that Kudlow’s confession was not, as we say in the journalism racket, a “leak.” It was a deliberate “plant.” By giving away the game he turns up the light for the Republican contenders and puts the Democrats into an untenable position.
By revealing “All we want is for everybody to get richer” Kudlow also points to the Secret Democratic Agenda. All the Democrats want is for everybody to get poorer. And why shouldn’t they? More poor people equals more Democratic voters.
Yet, speaking as a voter… really? As Bea Kaufman said, “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better.” Or as Dorothy Parker said, “I don’t know much about being a millionaire, but I’ll bet I’d be darling at it.” These wise women’s words sound, to me, more like America speaking.
The “Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” has shown itself marvelously proficient at creating poverty. It is pushing policies that even the Soviet Union repudiated (before dissolving itself in disgust at state-controlled economic policy).
As Churchill once said “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” Equal sharing of miseries? Hello, America?
Thus the paradox. If you, as a voter (as opposed to a political partisan), are poor (and don’t like being poor) or are rich and secretly kind of like it (hello Hollywood!), or merely have a social conscience and truly love the poor you, post-Kudlow’s revelation, now have only one legitimate “public option.”
The Democratic Party once had some great supply-side leaders. None, currently, are in evidence. If you wish to enlist in the War on Poverty you must join the Republican Party and help advance its Secret Agenda to make all poor people rich (and, thus, Republican voters). If you really are serious about ending poverty you might even join the Committee to Unleash Prosperity (as, full disclosure, have I) to help guide the candidates’ footsteps onto the Path of Mutual Prosperity.
If you, as a voter, seriously love the poor and hate the rich and are desirous of more poor people, yes, throw in with the Democrats in their relentless efforts to manufacture vastly greater numbers of poor people (and, thus more, Democratic voters). Take that Vow of Poverty on behalf of the Church of State!
Republicans hate the poor. We, nefariously, are scheming to make the poor rich.
The secret, finally, is out. Your course, now, is clear.
Originating at Forbes.com