Preach it, Johnny!

Georgia’s junior senator had some pointed comments for advocates of greater government involvement in the workplace and in the nation’s economy today at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions’ hearing on the minimum wage and other economic opportunity and security issues.

Said Sen. Isakson:

We should be honest about what government can and cannot do. The economic prosperity we all crave flows from the entrepreneurial inspiration of the American people, not from their representatives in Washington. Mandates, protectionism, isolationism, high taxes are all bad for America and bad for Americans.
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This debate is a classic contrast between two very different philosophies. Ours believes in the marketplace, the competitive system that has brought the United States of America so much prosperity. The other argument says government and Washington know better.”

6 comments

  1. ColinATL says:

    It’s great how when your party is in the minority, you can get all preachy and high-minded, but when your party was in the majority a few months ago, you couldn’t figure out how to balance a budget to save your life, let alone hew to some utopian ideology.

    “Democrats Spend! Republicans Cut Taxes!” is really all the national Republicans have left, untrue as it may be.

  2. rightofcenter says:

    COLIN,
    Perhaps you should re-read Johnny’s quote. It is actually quite profound and is a far cry from your simple recitation. It has more to do with a philosophy of capitalism versus a philosophy of governmentism.

  3. Jmac says:

    rightofcenter, that’s fine … but he’s arguing for something that few, if any, disagree with.

    It isn’t as if the Democratic Party has called for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from all of its overseas bases, mandated 1920s-style tariffs and 70 percent tax rates for all Americans.

    All this speech represents is a false argument over a discussion that no one is having … well, apparently except Isakson.

    If responding with a knee-jerk, hyper-dramatic speech filled with false accusations is the only thing the GOP has to respond to with these days, it’s no wonder they lost control of Congress.

  4. IndyInjun says:

    Your words are empty, Senator.

    SOME of us observed all your votes for expanding government and utterly ruinous financial policies.

    Making speeches to the contrary is nothing more than generating smokescreens.

    The record is clear.

    Isakson is a perfect example of the kind of politician who made Washington the way it is and a perfect candidate for a quick boot by conservatives with principles.

  5. Hey if Isakson is such a utopian supporter of the market why doesn’t he just propose eliminating the minimum wage entirely (as that ideology would actually call for).

    Additionally, where on the free market can a non political insider such as myself lease a Lake Rabun property from Georgia Power for $1/year?

  6. jsm says:

    “It has more to do with a philosophy of capitalism versus a philosophy of governmentism.”

    ROC, I agree with you, but we all know Republicans haven’t followed the philosophy Johnny called “ours.” It’s very disappointing to see great ideas discussed at election time and forgotten on the floor of Congress. Until I see some action from him and his fellow Republicans, it sounds like he’s crying, “Wolf!”

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