Jeb Bush’s Brilliant Defense of Capitalism
Jeb Bush has a piece in the Wall Street Journal today, and already Steve Moore from the Wall Street Journal, which published Jeb’s piece, was on Fox today doing an interview with Martha MacCallum, and Steve Moore saying, (paraphrasing) “You know what, it doesn’t look like any Republican can actually take hold of this thing and run away with it. I mean, boy, if Jeb Bush would announce, that’s what we need. Jeb Bush to announce, and that would coalesce all these people, Jeb’s got this great piece in the Wall Street Journal today, and if that happened, oh, Katie, bar the door.” So Steve Moore and some at the Wall Street Journal are now hoping that Jeb Bush gets in this. And who knows, folks, this piece in the Wall Street Journal today is brilliant.
Let me give you three pull-quotes from the piece. “We have to make it easier for people to do the things that allow them to rise. We have to let them compete. We need to let people fight for business. We need to let people take risks. We need to let people fail. We need to let people suffer the consequences of bad decisions and we need to let people enjoy the fruits of good decisions, even good luck. Mayors, county chairs, governors, presidents never think their laws will harm the free market but cumulatively they do and we have now imperiled the right to rise. We must choose between the straight line promised by the statists and the jagged line of economic freedom. The straight line of gradual and controlled growth is what the statists promise but can never deliver. The jagged line offers no guarantees but has a powerful record at delivering the most prosperity and the most opportunity to the most people. We cannot possibly know in advance what freedom promises for 312 million individuals. But unless we’re willing to explore the jagged line of freedom, we will be stuck with the straight line, and the straight line it turns out is a flat line.” He’s right on the money here.