America's First Major Socialist Party Debuts in Philadelphia
Hillary Clinton intends to do the same thing here -- in the name of human rights, naturally, when, needless to say, it's about votes. Economically, if she passes even a third of her proposals, our country will be so far in debt we may never find a way out, ratifying all of Hayek's predictions as we all become slaves to a desperate state.
Pessimistic, sure. But we can stop it. This is a surprisingly winnable election if we pull together.
So for reassurance, let me tell one story from the Republican National Convention. It was, as anyone watching television knows, a mostly uninformative event, as virtually all conventions are. But I did go to a luncheon panel on the economy held by Freedom Works. Larry Kudlow was the moderator. I forget everyone on it, but it was a distinguished panel of conservative economists including Stephen Moore and a man named Harold Hamm I had never heard of. My bad. It turns out Hamm had more to do with the immediate revival, such as it is, of the U.S. economy than anybody -- he is the king of fracking, the developer of the Bakken Formation and someone with a net worth at least double Trump's and closer to George Soros'.
All of the panelist had worked closely, some one-on-one, with Trump on his tax plan. This plan is quite in the mainstream of conservative economic policy with lower, simplified rates across the board, particularly for businesses, which Trump puts at 15%. (It currently starts at 39%.) Republicans have been calling for this reduction for years to bring our corporations home and generate jobs.
Anyway, midway into the panel, Kudlow asked a question on everybody's mind -- and probably yours too. Larry wanted to know if the panelists thought Trump would go through with it, if Donald was, to put it bluntly, for real.
The panelists were all emphatic in saying Trump would. They also gave him high marks for listening, of all things.
Now I know you can rationalize this a lot of ways. Rich and powerful as these men were, they clearly wanted to be advisers to a man who could be the most powerful in the world. So factor that in. And factor in that I have been supporting Trump for a while. But then ask yourself if you would rather have Hillary.... and socialism.
And I'm not even going to get into the Supreme Court.
Roger L. Simon is a prize-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His book—I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn't Already—is just published by Encounter. You can read an excerpt here. You can see a brief interview about the book with the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal here. You can hear an interview about the book with Mark Levin here. You can order the book here.