I might be full of shit, but at least the title has a nice, alliterative bounce to it. Anyway, here goes…
It’s pretty much common wisdom (except among certain Republican factions who seem to prefer auguring the party into the ground for the sake of ideological purity) that unless the Republican party comes up with a way to attract more minority voters they’re pretty much doomed as a national party. But how can they possibly do that and stay true to their principles? Up to now I kinda thought that the best strategy would be to placate the Hispanic community with some sort of sensible immigration plan because, well, based on most of the other issues of particular importance to that community as a whole, they really should be leaning heavily Republican.
[I mentioned my wife at this point in the original post. My intentions were innocent enough, but I realize now that I should not have done that. My sincerest apologies to everyone concerned — especially my wife.]
Then along comes this article, which makes the following point:
“A better minority outreach can be found in libertarian populism.
The libertarian populist argument is that the game is rigged in favor of the big and well-connected and against the small and unconnected. This argument should be aimed mainly at the “47 percent” that Mitt Romney wrote off and denigrated: working-class voters who find it hard to get ahead…
It’s hard for Republicans to appeal to minorities, as minorities, because Democrats are always better at identity politics among non-whites. But this is where libertarian populism comes in. Republicans can reach out to minorities in their roles as parents, taxpayers and small businessmen.”
The author of the piece then starts to flesh out his argument… Revamp the payroll tax structure, which is currently regressive… Emphasize school choice and education reform… Clear out government hurdles to small business formation… Curb eminent domain powers…
By jove, I think he has something! One thing I’d add to his ideas is this: increase inheritance taxes. One primary pillar upon which America was built was the belief in personal merit, not who your parents were. To achieve that we must weaken that generational bond because, after all, that is the fuel of elitism.
Anyone have any other thoughts?