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GEORGE WILL: Case isn’t made for conservatism

Letter by David Ogilvie, Gig Harbor on Feb. 17, 2011 at 10:51 am | 1 Comment »
February 17, 2011 3:20 pm

Re: “A case for conservatism – the adult kind” (George Will column, 2-17).

Will deserves high marks for civility but falls miserably short when it comes to building a solid case for conservatism.

He targets the administration’s health care bill as designed to “engulf private markets and produce a single-payer system or its equivalent.” To that I would ask: Is that a bad thing? Private markets have made health care incredibly expensive, bureaucratic and available only to those who can afford exorbitant premiums.

Will would also “reform entitlements and produce economic growth.” For me, that’s code for privatizing Social Security and Medicare. Had we allowed the Bush administration to remove that basic foundation to retirement and forced conversion to private investments, where would retirees have been in the crash of 2008?

To clinch his case, Will points to the state of Indiana as a model of sensible conservative policies – low spending and small government. Sounds good, but he avoids mentioning the effect that has had, or will have, on Indiana’s roads, bridges, transit systems, elementary schools, universities, law enforcement and social safety nets.

He has to build a better case to make a believer out of me.

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