How to Reinvent the G.O.P.

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

In How to Reinvent the G.O.P., David Brooks asks “What Would Hamilton Do?” and presents “A New Conservative Platform” with more popular appeal than the anti-statist platform of the past:

By using government in limited but energetic ways, conservatives could establish credibility that would enable them to reduce the size of government where it is useless or worse — export subsidies, agricultural subsidies and the like. Then they could use that credibility to reduce the increases in entitlement spending — the giant set of programs that crowd out everything else.

Its pillars:

  • The War on Islamic extremism
  • Entitlement reform
  • Social mobility
  • Restore the integrity of our institutions
  • The energy revolution
  • National service

I’m not convinced.

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