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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Is Newt a "Frugal Socialist"?


Speaking with Beck, Bachman makes  a point that bothers me with Newt.  Right Scoop:

Responding to Newt’s justification of his support of the Prescription Drug entitlement that was passed under the Bush administration, Bachmann said:
It doesn’t help to have a frugal socialist. That’s really what we’re talking about is managing socialism and trying to be a frugal socialist.
What I’m saying is that – I’m saying a frugal socialist, yes! Because you’re looking at proposals and programs that are in effect redistribution of wealth and socialism-based, and are we going to have real change in the country or are we going to have frugal socialists?
(video at the link)

As much as I like Newt, I agree.

Newt is an intellectual first and anchored to ideology second.  As such, he has the ability, as all intellectuals do, to rationalize his way away from core beliefs. I believe this is why he occasionally runs afoul true conservatives from time to time.

He did this when he undercut Paul Ryan's budget as "right-wing social engineering" (arguable intellectually, but ideologically wanting).  He did it when discussing "a form of the individual mandate" being acceptable. He did it while straddling the global warming issue in a now familiar video of him sitting by Pelosi's side.

It leaves one to wonder where Newt might freely drift on the seas of intellectual rationalization once in office?

Without a doubt there is a lack of anchor in Newt's musings that allows Bachman's use of the term "frugal socialist" in reference to Newt.


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