The Libertarian Case for Mitt Romney
America is an idea, and an ideal. Take away that idea, crush it under the weight of a failure unprecedented in its scale and scope… and what's left?
What we need is breathing room, a chance to get the economy growing again, to get people back to work again. It's no coincidence that when we reformed welfare, it was during an economic boom. Wealth papers over lots of differences, and allows people to get things done. And there's lots that needs doing. We can start by repealing ObamaCare, repealing Dodd-Frank, and just generally undoing the last four years. These are things Romney has promised to do.
Will he do it? I hope so, and if he wins it will be our job to ride him and ride him hard to live up to those promises. What I do know for certain is that Romney isn't Obama Lite, despite what you might think. Romney won't dial back Washington to 18% of our GDP. But he might get it down to 20%, which, believe it or not, is a big -- and absolutely necessary -- improvement.
We'll see no such improvement from a second Obama administration, which aims to ramp up Washington to something like 110% of our economy.
Obama sees it as his job to add every day to the Rube Goldberg device that Washington has grown into, while simultaneously throwing sand into its gears. If that seems like a contradictory notion, or even a sick notion -- it is. But we've watched Obama do just that for four years now. How much more can it, can we, take?
But the simplest reason is this: If Obama's Cloward-Piven crash does come in the next four years, a turnaround artist like Romney might just be the right person to have at the helm. It's no scare tactic to remind you what a dedicated Progressive does with a crisis, especially an engineered one.
I'll leave you with one last thought from one of libertarianism's accidental founding fathers, Robert Heinlein. In Stranger in a Strange Land, Jubal Harshaw has some words of wisdom for his friend Ben Caxton. Ben, a columnist, is considering writing a piece that will bring down the administration of Secretary-General Joe Douglas. But Jubal cautions Ben to
"Look at Douglas and ponder that, in his ignorance, stupidity, and self-seeking, he resembles his fellow Americans but is a notch or two above average. Then look at the man who will replace him if his government topples."
"There's little difference."
"There's always a difference! This is between 'bad' and 'worse' -- which is much sharper than between 'good' and 'better.'" [Emphasis added]
We don't get to choose this year between "good" and "better'" -- have we ever enjoyed that choice? But we do get a sharp distinction this year between "bad" and "worse."
I'm going with "bad" because I'm not sure we'll survive another term of the worst.