President Ronald Reagan‚Äôs former budget director David Stockman excoriated the Republican Party in an interview he gave to Newsmax TV. While he attacked President Obama for not cutting defense in an era where America is the only superpower in no uncertain terms he laid blame for the predicament of America squarely on the Republican Party.
After Newsmax Anchor David Nelson asserted that many believe the house is divided (the Republican Party that is), he asked David Stockman if he believed Republican leaders like Ryan, Boehner, Rubio, Paul, or anyone else could unite the party. Stockman shot back with a response would expect in a Newsmax interview.
David Stockman‚Äôs response:
No. I don‚Äôt because I think the Republican Party is not really a party. It doesn‚Äôt stand for anything except reelecting itself. It‚Äôs a coalition of gangs‚Ä¶.
The Neo Cons which I have no use for are only oriented to an aggressive imperialistic foreign policy, a big defense establishment, and suppression of our civil liberties. That‚Äôs a bad. I am against that.
The Tax Cons want to just cut taxes anytime any day regardless of the fiscal situation. That has gone to absurd lengths. I oppose that.
The Social Cons, social policy people, the right to life issue, gay marriage and all that, that‚Äôs irrelevant to governing a democracy in a free society.
That is basically the heart of the Republican Party. In that mix how can you find anything that is going to stand for conservative economics, fiscal rectitude, free markets, sound money; it‚Äôs not there. The Republican Party is basically irrelevant to the economic crisis that faces the country.
David Stockman has been a critic of the Republican Party for some time now. I wrote the article ‚ÄúDavid Stockman: ‚Äúget out of the markets and hide out in cash‚ÄĚ Corruption Of Capitalism‚ÄĚ a few weeks ago where Stockman was quoted saying ‚ÄúThis debt explosion has resulted not from big spending by the Democrats, but instead the Republican Party‚Äôs embrace, about three decades ago, of the insidious doctrine that deficits don‚Äôt matter if they result from tax cuts.‚ÄĚ
Mr.. Stockman seems to be progressively sharpening his criticisms in all venues as the ineptitude and intransigence of his party continues. One can only hope that he will trigger what many are hoping for, a rebirth of a viable Republican Party that stands for real American values, a party that stands for middle class values, a party that remembers the time when it actually did good. Real Liberals need a viable conservative party to ensure the purity of liberalism is maintained and do not succumb to a lazy absence of a legitimate pushback.