Monday, August 2, 2010

Respect Your Elders

If there is one thing that the term "conservative" should imply, that would be veneration for ideas that have stood the test of time.  One would also expect that true conservatives would pay attention to the elder statesmen of their movement, people who no longer have a political position to maintain but are still capable of passing down their wisdom.  So here for example, is Alan Greenspan, appearing on the Sunday news shows, urging that the Bush tax cuts be allowed to lapse at the end of this year as scheduled.  Although Greenspan is generally in favor of cutting taxes, he is not in favor of doing so with borrowed money.  And when asked whether he accepts the theory that tax cuts pay for themselves, he said simply, "They do not."

Then there is the distinguished former Secretary of State George Schultz.  The LA Times reports that  Schultz is now one of the leaders of the campaign against Proposition 23, an initiative backed by several oil companies, that is seeking to delay the implementation of California's anti-global warming law, AB 32, which is intended to reduce carbon emissions.  Schultz dispenses the following common sense advice:
"Sooner or later, somehow or other, there's going to be a price put on carbon. So everybody running companies … take a deep breath … better start adjusting to it. We're going to make energy created by the burning of fossil fuels more expensive. That's the idea. So people will use less of it. Those who are creating ways of producing energy with less of a carbon footprint will benefit."
We should pay attention to people like Schultz and Greenspan because they should have no reason to advocate anything other than what they feel is best for the country. Unlike active politicians, they have no ambitions to another office, and they are not beholden to any special interests.  They can simply speak the truth.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP photo from LA Times)


  1. I agree that we should seek wise voices. Wouldn't it be nice if they were actually objective? That would be nice.

    Remember the Beach Boys song "Wouldn't It Be Nice":

    "Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true. Wouldn't it be nice (ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba)"

  2. I'm not sure this is relevant to your point, but I remember once hearing a dj opine that more girls have probably lost their virginity to that song than any other he could think of.