In print and in person, I typically offer little flattery to conservatives. They flounce about half deaf and fully dumb. Though with strong and supple limbs for bounding toward the cliffs to which their enemies point. And don’t question the counsel, bigot. That man was nice enough to give us directions!
One of the many malign directions in which conservatives have stampeded is the notion that
defending serving the rich is conservatism’s apogee…or is at least not its bugaboo: socialism. Some conservatives like to imagine they will one day become rich themselves; they won’t. Others regard the rich with genuine admiration and good-will; the sentiment is wholly unrequited. And as with so much else, this is what conservatives fail to apprehend: The Rich Hate You.
I’m as mystified as surely they must be at how brazenly their disdain can be expressed without ever surmounting conservative determination to not notice it. Truly, the irresistible contempt has proved weaker than the immovable gullibility. Much of this dysfunctional obstinance comes from a failure to understand degrees. Many believe that criticism of the rich condemns the regular six-figure salaryman or successful small businessmen. These aren’t the people before whom congressmen genuflect. Focus should narrow to the actual rich, the rapacious rich, the rich that have decoupled entirely from our nation (and the rich that have remained entirely true to theirs). Conservatives must eventually gain an awareness of how deeply, utterly at odds this class is with everything they hold dear–particularly those most conservative things to which they may never admit.
How many more jobs must they export? How many more aliens must they import? How many more bailouts must they demand? How many more corporate paeans to diversity must they pen? They do not recognize you as friend, peer, or countryman. They call you a name that should be considered the vilest pejorative. To them, you are below notice. You are nothing but a consumer. A disembodied mouth to whom they sell pellets. Your heritage, your culture, your dreams of a child’s future? Shut-up and keep consuming. And when you can’t produce sufficient quarterly revenue growth…well, that’s what Pepe and his 20 million closest friends are for.
The plutocracy seems to have crossed a rubicon. For years there was a generally peaceful accord. The rich have been allowed to luxuriate in their wealth without molestation. They reside in lavish estates, drive exotic cars, and penetrate beautiful women…all without the bother of envious pitchforks. In exchange, they were charged only with abiding by Hippocrates dictum: make a habit of two things — to help, or at least, to do no harm. I suppose that third habit—do not intentionally destroy your countrymen—shouldn’t have been left unsaid. But as it was, so it is. At this point, if one were to hold an anti-white derby, the rich would be furiously lashing their mounts toward the finish line, and possibly only losing to another group…by a nose.
So what triggered this little jeremiad?
House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., is scheduled to hold a high-dollar fundraiser in Silicon Valley next week — but frustrated tech donors are already grumbling about the event, disappointed by the lack of progress from House Republicans on one of their top policy priorities: immigration legislation.
According to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call, the Goodlatte fundraiser is organized by TechNet, which bills itself as the “preeminent bipartisan political network of CEOs and Seniors Executives that promotes the growth of technology-led innovation.” Suggested contribution levels for Wednesday’s round table and reception with the powerful chairman range between $10,000 and $40,000 for the Goodlatte Victory Committee.
Not every big-time tech donor, however, is ready to cut a check, because Goodlatte’s Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over immigration legislation.
“In this case, because there’s been mixed messages from the Republicans, before I write my check, I wanted some assurances that Bob Goodlatte would be prepared to discuss immigration reform and what the timetable is for immigration reform, because we’re coming down the wire here with the [midterm] elections [approaching] and we need accountability,” said Ron Conway, a top angel investor and venture capitalist, adding that he had contacted TechNet via email with his concerns.
As CQ Roll Call reported last week, Republicans are risking political retribution from their most prominent donors if they do not pursue immigration legislation — and soon.
According to Political MoneyLine, Conway and his wife have already donated more than $140,000 this cycle to Republican and Democratic candidates. That’s enough to earn them a spot just within the top 100 individual contributors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
“I’m waiting to hear back from TechNet, that they can assure us that Bob Goodlatte can give us a tangible schedule … then it’s worth it for us to cut the big checks,” Conway said. “Bob Goodlatte is a huge gatekeeper in this regard, and we need his help.”
Technology entities have emerged as one of the top, best-financed lobbyists for an immigration overhaul, as they hope to increase the number of visas for high skilled laborers in math and sciences.
Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, for example, launched a political group, FWD.US, to advocate for pro-tech policies. The bipartisan Senate immigration bill, which provides an eventual path to citizenship for America’s approximately 11 million undocumented citizens, was viewed as one of the first big wins for such groups when it passed in June 2013.
The House, however, has stalled on approving a companion bill. The last major action on the issue came in late January when Republican leaders distributed immigration principles to their rank-and-file members. The backlash to those principles from House conservatives seemed to outweigh support from the GOP establishment. Now it appears that the initiative is in limbo, with the calendar before the 2014 midterm elections shrinking.
“Silicon Valley still views him as a thoughtful and deliberative guy that they like working with,” said the source. “The tech community in general sees Goodlatte as a good and positive partner and there’s a lot of support for [him].”
Poor pathetic Republicans. Having sponsors that despise their constituents. With whom do you think their loyalty will come to rest? But notice Rob Conway, venture capitalist. It is insufficiently treasonous for him to merely hope in idle moments that millions more automatons will come here to CONSUME. No, he is quite active in the pursuit. Passionate. We simply can’t be dispossessed in good time. Mr. Conway wants a tangible schedule you witless congressional myrmidons. As chamberlain exclaimed…I give you no whites in our time!
I don’t bear the slightest grudge for a man doing well for himself–even spectacularly so. But I do, quite foolishly, expect some sense of propriety with that wealth. Though to use that means to fuck over my family for no other cause than your mere accumulation of even more wealth…well, I proselytize hate for a reason.
A couple of years ago when I argued that confiscatory taxation is a conservative policy because it breaks up wealth, there were heated arguments about it from people bewitched by Laffer curves and demagogic rhetoric about class war and “big government”. So what if we are leaving trillions in debt to our grandchildren? Big government!
But the dumbest thing about their argument was that concentrated wealth has been assaulting conservatism for decades. Rupert Murdoch is for immigration amnesty, the Koch brothers are for immigration amnesty, the tech industry is for immigration amnesty, the Chamber of Commerce is for immigration amnesty–all this wealth is delighted by the prospect of beggaring the middle class, because cheap labor is how Gilded Ages are extended (see Turchin). These super rich people aren’t rich enough, not while you can still barely afford a college education and two cars and a three bedroom house mortgaged to the hilt. That’s money on the table, money you make that rich people deserve.
So have generations of helplessly befuddled conservatives believed. These conservatives are the cheapest of dates; all it ever took was some do-nothing rhetoric about abortion, foot dragging on gay rights (before accepting that this did sound like the most conservative thing ever), and screeching about Hollywood immorality. Conservatives got f**ked over and over like a porn actress by ugly men with money who whispered sweet nothings about abortion.
Republicans can’t wait to bend conservatives over for double-penetration amnesty, but this is really just one last time, because while they’ve been thinking about their viability Republicans have lost favor with big business. Democrats, who are already structured to benefit from a wave of diversity, are happy to play ball. Business thinking is actually quite liberal today: they’re in favor of affirmative action, multiculturalism, restraints on speech and the press, feminist ideology, gay rights–of course they want to pay lower taxes into the communities they leech money from, so that’s pretty conservative right there. Oh yes they also don’t give a s**t about the environment, another highly conservative idea.
It’s a treat watching House Republicans squirm as they attempt to remain in office while doing the bidding of their big business paymasters, which happens to require them to do deeply unpopular things but does not require them to violate their own moral standards. It’s even funnier because it’s obvious that these wealthy businessmen can barely conceal their contempt for Republicans, and only deign to meet with them to demand results soon.
Here is my suggestion as to what economic posture conservatives should assume:
Dissolve the Left’s barbell on both ends. Punish the rich and their client-class eaters. A cunning Republican (I mean this, of course, hypothetically) would very publicly offer a grand compromise that truly compromises his enemies: Punitive, confiscatory, outrageous taxation on very high incomes and assets. This combined with deep cuts into the sinew of the the welfare spectrum, including elimination of the earned income tax credit and a severe reduction in dysgenic breeding inducements.
Perhaps sotto voce, he’d state: “We’ll offer cuts to your constituents in exchange for higher taxes on your sponsors. It’s simply prudent fiscal discipline with a little help from the wealthiest Americans. It’s a shared sacrifice. But that’s what makes America so great.”