Greetings from our nation’s capital. I’m here for a few days doing meetings and catching up with friends. Being in DC is great, but it is also a stark reminder about the “bubble” that this community lives in, and how easy the temptation is for those who work in the bureaucracy to lose sight of those individuals and interests they should be representing.
This morning in the Washington Post, Sebastian Mallaby opines in his column titled “The Audacity of Growth” about Sen. Barack Obama being the real catalyst for growth, not Sen. John McCain or the Republican Party.
The premise is that the Republican Party’s traditional message of lower taxes, free trade, and less regulation is lost because they never actually follow- through on it, nor is it practical right now in an economy experiencing a downturn and less revenues. Henceforth, Mallaby makes the argument that Obama and McCain similarly want to reform education, the courts, tax codes, immigration, etc.
My argument is this – I fully admit that the Republicans in control of the Congress, and occasionally the While House, have been distracted from their 1994 commitments in the Contract with America (we all know what it is, so I won’t rehash), Sen. John McCain STILL provides the best path to actually create a climate to encourage growth, not mandate it.
Take the environment. Sen. McCain (taking a lot of lead from pro-environment Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) has created a plan and incentives that would encourage people to be ecologically sensitive and take into consideration the environment when making business decisions.
My point here is to say that it is nice for Obama (and the Democrats) to mandate results, but the BEST way to create them are to create incentives for people to act in a way that is best for the environment…or education ,or infrastructure, or health care.
Audacity of growth? I think not. It’s called creating good conditions for people to make their own choices for businesses, families and individuals. This is the natural argument for Republicans, and as usual, the Democrats just don’t think that way. For them, it’s “top-down”. For Republicans, we create change “bottom-up.”