Similarly, Libertarians would take great risks with our economy. Experts say default would be disastrous; being without precedent the full extent of the likely damage can’t even be accurately assessed. Yet some, fearless and careless with the well-being of others, would have us try it and see what happens.
Small government cost-cutters would take similar risks. Drastically cutting government spending might create a boom or not. I don’t want to experiment without solid evidence and a sure exit strategy, it’s too risky. Tom Reed and others, without justification, acting on what they learned in kindergarten, would try it and see. They show a reckless disregard for the probable consequences of their ideas. Reed’s constituents are thus ill-served.
This argument might be turned back on me. Some say raising the debt ceiling, big government, and much government spending represent foolishness. I disagree–these things are tried and proven safe; they aren’t contrary to expert opinion.
My view, don’t rock the boat carelessly, is conservative. Those who would heedlessly experiment with our economic well-being can’t be called conservative or liberal, but rather radical and foolish.
© William Hungerford – February 2014