(Mark Noonan) – I just read Sue Lowden’s plan for reviving the Nevada and United States economies. All in all, its a good plan. A good plan for, say 1994 or 2002. For 2010, it doesn’t quite capture the current necessities.
By cutting taxes, Lowden would encourage investment and business expansion/formation. But cutting spending, Lowden would help get our budget under control. By reforming the way our government does business, Lowden would help the people take control of their government.
All of this is great stuff. All of it puts her miles ahead of Harry Reid and the corrupt politics of the past. So, why only two and a half cheers?
Because Sue Lowden – like all too many so far this year – is not going all the way. To follow Lowden’s plan would bring us many good things, but if we don’t follow it to its conclusion – a conclusion she doesn’t lay out – then it’d be like we followed Moses only half way to the Promised Land.
Take, for instance, this quote from Lowden’s plan:
“As your next U.S. Senator, you can be sure that I will:
Work to significantly reduce the deficits of Reid and Pelosi.”
Which is, unfortunately, akin to saying, “I will work to take away one of the drunk’s dozen bottles of wine”. We daren’t “work to significantly” cut our borrowing – we need to quit, cold turkey. There isn’t any money to borrow, anymore – we’re just printing it up at the Federal Reserve and taking it across the street to buy bonds at the US Treasury.
Each dollar printed is just one more unexploded economic hand grenade – and the only way to defuse these is by stopping. Now. Today. As in, “if I’m elected your next Senator, I will not submit, sponsor or vote for a budget which is not balanced”.
Our problems stem from the false idea that government can take a positive hand in the economy. It can’t. It never has been able to. All we’ve got to show for the attempt is our factories located in China, our mines in Chile, our farms in Mexico and our grand-children saddled with tens of trillions of dollars in debt. We’ve been hitting the liberal economic crack pipe for 75 years – and we can’t fix this problem by promising to cut down.
Lowden is, fortunately, rapidly moving in the correct direction. So are other candidates for the GOP nomination. I don’t mean to pick on her – its just a front-runner’s “privilege” to catch the most flack. But if our Republican candidates do not quickly realize that we need revolutionary change in the way we do business, then a grand opportunity will be lost here in 2010.
We’ve got the liberal Democrats on the ropes – one bit of analysis I read indicates that only 103 House seats are completely safe for the Democrats and that if we Republicans do well, we can win 9 more Senate seats in November. But we can only do this if we press very hard and have a “take no prisoners” attitude towards the liberal conception of government. We do that – if Lowden and others do that – then we can really change America.
(Mr. Noonan co-publishes Blogs for Victory)