“Obama Tax Policy Prophesied 89 Years Ago”
PJM’s Scott Ott thinks the contemporary GOP leadership could learn well from Coolidge Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, who in 1924 wrote a book promoting the Coolidge pro-growth tax policy.
Of course, this is precisely the kind of hidebound thinking one has come to expect from many contemporary conservative true believers, who continue to cling to the bygone successes of the Coolidge / Goldwater / Reagan GOP tree like Emerald Ash Borers, leaving nothing but dead electoral timber in their wake.
The truth is, such anti-government conservatism — in an age of community and togetherness, hope and change — is a non-starter, as any political realist already knows, and, for all its good intentions and well-meaning civic engagement, the constant, public longing for such by groups like the TEA Party only hurts the GOP going forward, branding it as the party of social Darwinism and selfish abandonment.
Rugged individualism is a relic of the pioneer days, if it ever really existed at all outside America’s own frontier mythology: self-sufficiency is an enduring fiction, but one that we need to shed if we’re to find common ground to work together to rebuild a broken society. Today, people demand community, connectedness, a collective striving toward universal goals: fairness, equality, an end to discrimination and hatred. In order to remain viable, then, the GOP simply must shed its old skin — in which it stood wrinkled athwart history yelling stop — and show the electorate something new, young, exciting; it has to show that, like the Democrats, it, too, can change with changing times — though unlike the Democrats, it needs to show that change is being adopted not merely for change’s sake, or as a way to pander to disparate identity groups, but rather to ease America’s transition into a better, more smoothly-running ship of state, where compassion is paramount, and fixes to our various problems — be it income disparity or the civil rights concerns of undocumented workers and homosexuals — can come about through reasoned, rational, good-faith bipartisan compromise.
This is what the people want. And digging up old Treasury Secretaries from the days of flappers and blackface isn’t likely to make them feel any more assured that the GOP is looking forward.