... It is the other BP that is heating up public opinion -- the Beltway People. And if you would like to know in detail why this BP has the collective temperature of voters rising, [...] my interview with Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, about his new book, "The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future." ... Brooks' book is a relatively short, very sharply argued explanation of how the 30 percent in this 70/30 nation of ours has come to control the federal government and many of the largest state governments, and in the process driven us to the point of a national fiscal stroke. The 30 percent are the statists, the chattering class and their colleagues in academic and government employ, plus the government-dependent and a very large slice of the youth vote. Brooks details who they are and how they intend to grow their grip on the country. The 70 percent are the rest of us, a mass that is coalescing into a potent political force that will be revealed fully on Nov. 2, 2010. Brooks makes a compelling moral case for rolling back the vast creep of the 30 percent, whose regulatory and tax policies have spread like the oil slick in the Gulf, inexorably and continually for a very long time, creating enormous damage across the country, but damage that can and must be repaired. That repair is under way in New Jersey, where the least likely candidate for Mr. Charisma, Gov. Chris Christie, has emerged as a star of YouTube and talk radio for simply speaking truth to the power of public employee unions and their shills in the media who push the unions' cliched narrative. Voters know the score, and they are cheering Christie's passionate embrace of "Enough!" ...
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Arthur Brooks at Town Hall 7/12
Arthur Brooks, President of American Enterprise Institute, will be speaking at Townhall next Monday evening on Free Enterprise vs. Big Government. Townhall Monday July 12 - 7:30 PM - Tickets $5 at the door or see Townhall for presales options. His thesis is explained in his recent book "The Battle." Hugh Hewitt speaks about Brooks and his book at Washington Examiner: