We blog for the joy of it. We don’t have an editor or deadlines. We don’t have any financial skin in the game so with have nothing to try to maximize. Thus we can say what we want when we want. Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley’s attempts to set themselves up for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024 are of great interest to us. We are not fans of either senator.
The dangers of procrastination include that you won’t get to it or somebody else will get to it first. The joy is that somebody will do it so well that you just need to say here is the link. In this case, Kevin D. Williamson is on duty at the NRO Corner. Of course you should read the whole thing. Reading it twice would be better.
Sidebar: Jim Geraghty’s new book is great fun. The fact that one of the heroes is an accountant with a heart as big as Connecticut has us all in. He (the accountant) says, “NRO is the best.” It is on page 161 in case you missed it. Of course, he is right but he happens to be talking about the National Reconnaissance Office rather than where Kevin is writing. End Sidebar.
Kevin is writing about his disagreements with Oren Cass and uses the examples of Marco and Elizabeth Warren. We think Josh fits in nicely with Marco and Elizabeth. We agree with Kevin’s summary of what he wants and doesn’t want:
The question is not whether we shall have policy in our . . . public policy . . . but what our policies are to be. I advocate generally applicable rules oriented toward the security of property rights and freedom to work and to trade in a stable and predictable policy environment, as opposed to special-pleading advocacy for this or that politically influential business interest (steel, corn, sugar, “green energy,” AIG, subprime-mortgage lenders, take your pick) based on a model of discretion that empowers politicians, giving them a whip hand over the lives and livings of workers and firms. I do not believe that the best alternative to a left-wing Elizabeth Warren is a right-wing Elizabeth Warren.
Wow! We are glad we waited. Now there are challenges to creating these generally applicable rules. For example, would Kevin support a modest carbon tax or not? But this would give us a framework to debate such issues.
We agree with Kevin that there is a connection among The Donald, Marco, and Josh. The latter two are trying to find a method of expanding the coalition of the former. We are not in agreement with Kevin that this problem can be laid at The Donald’s doorstep. Beyond the judges that Kevin mentions, part of The Donald’s appeal for us was the promise of reduction of corporate taxes and regulation that is very much consistent with the quoted paragraph. Corporate taxes have been reduced substantially. Unfortunately they have not been eliminated but beyond MWG and Kevin there is a very small group that supports that. The Donald has had some success with deregulation. Yes, the net effect might only be a slowing of regulation but slowing is better than anything we can expect from Elizabeth, Josh, or Marco.
For the Capitalistic Orphans like Kevin and MWG, The Donald has been a mixed blessing but surely a big improvement over his immediate predecessor or the alternative in the general election. We will vote for him again because he has kept some of the promises that were important to us. On the other hand, we are considering joining Never-Josh-or-Marco club for 2024 because they have offered us nothing. Just like Elizabeth.