I have not blogged since mid-September because I was getting tired of coming up with new ways to say how I thought that nearly every economic and regulatory policy put in place since the end of 2008 was pretty much the opposite of what should have been done. Also, how many times can you say that the new employment/GDP/budget numbers show the long-term economic stagnation wrought by those misguided policies?
I had hoped to start blogging again after the election when a victorious Mitt Romney would offer a hope of constructive debate about economic policy. I was confident about a comfortable Romney victory and had predicted that he would get a minimum of 311 electoral votes. As we know now, however, this prediction was wrong.
I've been wrong before and I'll be wrong again, so I'm only mildly peeved at the fact that I made an incorrect prediction. I am despondent, however, over the reason I was wrong. To me, this presidential race offered the biggest difference between candidates since 1980, the first election in which I voted. On the one hand, we had Obama offering a future of economic stagnation and dependency, corporate cronyism, and the takeover of civil society by the new government religion. On the other hand, Romney offered a chance at economic vitality, free-ish markets, individual freedom and responsibility, and an active civil society.
In short, the choice was whether or not to abandon the American experiment in limited government that had served us so well, and which was rescued in 1980 and generated so much throughout the Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and early Bush II presidencies. Given this stark choice, the first step of my election prediction was that one side would end up with a comfortable victory. The second step was that I couldn't imagine Americans choosing permanent economic stagnation and dependency. So, my despondency is because America has crossed the Rubicon and has freely chosen to yield to a campaign based on envy, hate, and a disdain for individual freedom. A majority of Americans want the "free stuff" that Obama has promised them and they don't seem to care what they need to do to get it from those who have the money to buy it. I mean, c'mon. What has the country come to when millions of people consider it a vital matter of human rights to use the power of the central government to force churces to hand out free contraceptives to 30-year old women.
Following the election of 2008, Michelle Obama infamously said “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.” As difficult as it is for me to say, this is the first time in my life that I am really ashamed of my country. On the other hand, now that the Show-Me State has once again displayed its good sense by roundly preferring the American experiment, re-electing a sensible and moderate Democratic governor, and denying a senate seat to a man with goofball views about how babies are made, I can say that I am proud to be a Missourian.