October 2, 2014

Partisan Hackery

CATO has released its Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors 2014 [summary]  [pdf].

It's a mountain of fun with sprinkles on top. Our dear incumbent in the Centennial State is second from the bottom (he should send Gov. Jerry Brown of CA a card).

But I mean to pick a libertario delenda est fight. I read my big-L friends on Facebook every day that there is "no difference" between the parties. (Red Pill-Blue Pill / Two wings of the same bird of prey / Not a dime's difference / yadda-yadda...) And yet:

  • All four A's are Republicans
  • Ten of the top 11 are Republicans
  • All eight F's are Democrats

Quite a coincidence, nicht wahr?

CO Governor Libertario Delenda Est Posted by John Kranz at October 2, 2014 5:51 PM

"Governors who have cut taxes and spending the most receive the highest grades, while those who have increased taxes and spending the most receive the lowest grades."

And Republican governors, in contrast to Republican senators and congressmen, are remarkably more likely to earn high grades on that measurement than are Democrat governors. As I alluded, party affiliation is a less reliable indicator of Fiscal Policy Report Card grades for legislators, particularly at the national level. Why? As individuals, executives are more accountable than are the legislative cogs who simply blame their failures on "the body" or "the caucus" or "the leadership."

So perhaps our big-L brethren are half right?

Posted by: johngalt at October 3, 2014 3:36 PM

Big Ls tend to be 90% right. What is so maddening is how bitterly they cling to their mistaken decimation.

You and I have a lot of friends at LOTR-F who will be supporting Mike Dunafon and Michael Hess. I like both those guys, but if Gov. Hiockenlooper wins by less that the sum of Beauprez + Dunafon + Hess, I'm going to poison some drinks.

Posted by: jk at October 3, 2014 3:42 PM

I'm wondering out loud if the anti-2 party crowd can be persuaded to exercise their Quixotic principle only on legislative races, where it earns more merit, and to be pragmatic enough in executive races to vote, not for the "lesser evil" but against the greater one?

Posted by: johngalt at October 3, 2014 4:21 PM

I like it. Long time readers will know I took up the "Libertario Delenda Est" flag with great emotion. My efforts to influence lefty and moderate friends were disappointing, in the sense that the 2014 Oakland Raiders have not established themselves as a lock for the AFC Championship. That kind of disappointing.

Perhaps, methought, my calling was to instill pragmatism in the highly-rational big-Ls. That takes me from the Raiders to the Washington DC Football Enterprise that cannot be named.

So, I am tempted to eject but your suggestion might be worth a try.

I must push back on the Senate, however. John Tester won in Montana in 2006 thanks to a big-L candidate -- and he provided the 60th vote for Obamacare. Likewise there are a couple races which might be spoiled this year -- preventing perhaps serious efforts at trimming its unwieldy edges. Liberty is not served.

Posted by: jk at October 3, 2014 5:54 PM | What do you think? [4]