In January, I won the 2012 brackets at Red State. Erick Erickson wrote of me, "He’s a tremendously good speaker and a thoughtful conservative. He rejects the idea of 'big government conservatism' and believes in empowering individuals. I like [me] and, though truth be told I never thought he’d make it past Mike Pence, I am delightfully surprised by the results." In fact, I have been a hit throughout talk radio and right wing blogs.
The funny thing is that despite their incessant praise of me, I wrote this back in 2008.
Far from Nationalization, Purchase of Bank Stocks Is a Win-Win for Taxpayers
Earth to taxpayers! Owning stocks in banks is not nationalization of the banking industry. It’s trying to solve a problem.
The unprecedented financial crisis has caused the Treasury of the United States to take unprecedented measures to help solve the problem of frozen credit and cash flow for U.S. businesses.
Most of us had dreams of what we wanted to be when we grew up as children. Some of us wanted to grow up and become a fireman, a policeman, a doctor, a nurse, a lawyer, a teacher, an actor, an engineer, a writer, a dancer, a chef or any number of other professions.
But some of us wanted to own a bank because that’s where the money is!
Wake up people! Owning a part of the major banks in America is not a bad thing. We could make a profit while solving a problem.
But the mainstream media and the free market purists want you to believe that this is the end of capitalism as we know it. It is not for several reasons that they have conveniently not explained.
What I have discovered, though, is that the conservative base is a feel good movement (hat tip JohnG). As long as I blast the opposition and come across as a battle-ready warrior, then Erick Erickson and Co. won't bother lambasting me over my support for TARP like they do with the other RINOS. As long as I give off the right affect, those whose economic fortunes depend on saying stupid things, can back me. I could have tried Sarah Palin's method and pretend like I was pushed into writing those words back in 2008. Or, I could try Mitt Romney's method and refuse to apologize for good policy. However, Romney doesn't repeat day in and day out red meat lines, such as how Obama is trying to scrub America's Christian heritage, or that Obama "jeopardized" the mission to catch Bin Laden, or that Muslims in America are trying to convert the infidels or kill them. You see, Romney doesn't say those things because he is a RINO. I do, so I am not. That means that I will go completely unscathed from the scrutiny of talk radio. I know that they care more about divisive rhetoric than actual policy.
So can you guess who I am?