Big-government “conservatives” explained

January 15, 2014 by History in a Hurry

David Brooks: An Echo, not a Choice

by Gary North
January 13, 2014

In 1964, Phyllis Schlafly became a major spokesman for political conservatism with her Goldwater campaign book, A Choice, Not an Echo. That was fifty years ago. It is time for an assessment of where we are today.

Let us begin with David Brooks. He is known as a conservative. He is a New York Times columnist. He is a weekly commentator on the PBS NewsHour. That is to say, he is the #1 conservative inside the American liberal media. He is a big-government conservative.

He used to be on the staff of The Weekly Standard, a neoconservative journal.

Last Friday, he said this on the PBS NewsHour.

“Marco Rubio had a speech today, or this week, which was, I thought, a quite impressive speech, much more affirmatively using the power of government to address poverty problems, whether it’s wage subsidies, whether it’s through direct grants, much — for a party that has become instinctively anti-government, we are beginning to see Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio and some others wanting to affirmatively use government, I think, in targeted, but limited and conservative ways to really address practical problems.”

This is big-government conservatism. He has not changed his tune in the last 17 years.

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