Tuesday, February 5, 2008

if I hear one more person say...

This or that candidate knows how to "run the economy"...

It's most often said of supporters of Romney who has the strongest business background, but I've heard it debated among those in the Romney, McCain and Huckabee camps. (No one in the Paul camp would make such an error!)

This is not a centrally-planned economy. So, the President will not run the economy. In fact, he (or she) probably won't influence the day-to-day economy all that much-- other than, perhaps, trying to run it into the ground.

Is having a business background preferable? Perhaps. But keep in mind that being "pro-business" is not the same thing as being "pro-market". Often, business leaders seek anti-market measures in trying to enrich themselves at the expense of the general public.


At February 5, 2008 at 7:16 PM , Blogger Bryce Raley said...


They are all guilty of saying these things, except for Paul. My guy, Huckabee has never directly answered a question regarding the mortgage crisis or the economy with an intevening attitude.

He has taken a bit of a protectionist stance on military, energy and food dependence. I would like to see a blog on this discussion. How can one be free trade/pro market yet realize that a country dependant on others for food, energy and military supplies leaves themselves very exposed to foreign powers.

My fear of Romney's message of pro business experience (as opposed to pro market experience)is that the democrats will march him around the country as a big business guy who will seek inside deals.

I have already heard some of that dialogue.


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