Frum: This election, vote GOP

Commentator David Frum.


Kai Ryssdal: A dynamic political system takes all kinds. It takes the press people on the inside of the campaigns -- the communicators -- whose jobs it is to get the candidate's message out. It takes pollsters to count noses and tell us who's up and who's down. And it takes pundits to tell us what to think.

As we continue our series on the people behind the machinery of politics, one of our regular pundits: commentator David Frum. He's weighed in on just about everything this election cycle. And so today, why he has decided to vote the way he will.

David Frum: I know, I know, I know! There's Christine O'Donnell, Rand Paul and Sharron Angle. Never mind Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Fox News. There's the crazy guy in Texas who says that revolution is "on the table." And anyway, what kind of fiscally conservative party campaigns on a pledge to protect Medicare exactly as it is?

Yet I will, nevertheless, be voting the straight Republican ticket on Nov. 2, and here's why: The Obama Administration has launched more big bold initiatives than any administration since Lyndon Johnson's, from health care reform through Afghanistan.

Now ask yourself this: Which of these measures has produced the results promised? Of them all, in fact, there's only one that has done the job -- and that was a continuation of a Bush-era policy, the Troubled Asset Relief Program. TARP averted a second Great Depression. But the Obama stimulus did not ignite job creation. Health care reform will increase the number of insured Americans somewhat, at enormous cost, but it will not slow cost inflation. It will mean higher subsidies and more taxes. The auto bailout is just plain bad economic policy. More disappointments.

The financial regulation fix ignored as "too hard" -- the status of the government mortgage lenders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. "Green jobs" is an excuse for government boondoggles. Meanwhile, the crucial goal of energy security is no closer today than two years ago.

We need a change of course. And ironically, the biggest winner from such a change might be the president himself. Again and again, this president has excessively deferred to Democrats in Congress. He let them write his stimulus and his health care bill.

Obama won't defer to Republicans, which means a big Republican win will not only redirect the country, it will also remind this president that it's his job to lead, not just preside.

Ryssdal: David Frum is editor of FrumForum. In earlier days, he was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush. Next week in this slot, our regular commentator Robert Reich. Your opinions are always welcome, no matter when.

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David Frum saved the life of a Liberal tonight when he promised to vote straight Republican -- anything else would have caused a deadly heart attack. To be fair, things are probably not going so well so he's looking for his old job back as a "SCHOLAR" at the American Enterprise Institute -- that pending a lacky's executive job with the Republicans.
Sincerely, Paul

I agree with previous posts in that I don't see what the point of this one sided sales pitch for a conservative vote on a neutral NPR show. As for Mr. Frums comments, the stimulus didn't work? Compared to what? Remember the republicans had their own stimulus proposal. It was $713 million and was mostly tax cuts. You think in this time of people and companies hording money and not spending that their version would have worked any better? I highly doubt it. As for the national debt, tax cuts contribute dollar for dollar as much as public works programs (the obama stimulus was 30% tax cuts probably should have been less). And as for the other items he mentioned.... Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be dealt with separately from financial reform. The financial reform package was not the place for reform of these GOEs. We won't really know the outcome of health care reform for years to come and his opinions on its effect on cost control are speculation only. We don't have an energy policy because of conservative stonewalling. I really don't see where putting anybody on MP to express a point either liberal or conservative leaning is fitting for this program.

This is the first time I've commented on a Marketplace feature. The Frum piece was disgusting. And disappointing, Kai. Marketplace knows better.

As others have noted, I don't understand why Marketplace continue to give airtime to someone who uses it solely to lie, propagandize, and commit obvious logical fallacies unchallenged.

The ARRA did ignite employment sufficient to keep the unemployment rate from continuing to climb. Frum just ignores all of it's other benefits. If anything, it should have been bigger, not smaller, and Obama should be pushing for more, immediately.

The Affordable Care Act pays for itself while providing health insurance to about 95% of Americans, and it reduces the deficit and bends the cost curve, just not as much as it could have if Republicans and conservative Democrats hadn't prevented the inclusion of cost-cutting measures.

The "bailout" of the auto industry involved forcing it make changes in management and operation that it hadn't been willing to make for decades. And it's forced the car companies to accelerate the production of desirable vehicles and innovation. It will cost us something, but the dollars spent are probably worth the benefits gained and harms avoided. Frum doesn't argue otherwise, he just pronounces it "bad economics."

Republicans and conservative Democrats prevented the really necessary regulation of the financial industry, which has nothing to do with Freddie or Fannie. Green energy isn't a boondoggle, it's the future of a productive economy. Ask the Chinese. How can we achieve energy security when the party that Frum wants to return to power is only interested in relying on oil to fuel the economy?

And finally, the icing in this adventure in Frum fallaciousness is his assertion that Obama's fault is too much deference to the legislature. His proof: Obama let the legislature write legislation! You know who argued just two weeks ago that the job of legislators is to legislate? Why, one Mr. David Frum.


Really, David. Find something else to do with your time. You're bad at your job.

And Marketplace, show some self-respect and find a commentator with an iota of brains.

Ex-speech writer for W...Should we be surprised?

I had the misfortune of hearing this commentary on my way home from work this evening. I was disgusted by Mr. Frum's biased, one sided, and just blatantly inaccurate depiction of the Obama administration's activities. For him to say that the only program that has worked was TARP is pure propaganda. 95% of economists agree that the stimulus plan was not only necessary, but had a significant impact on keeping the unemployment rate from getting even worse than it is. If anything not enough stimulus was spent. Even the President’s approach to dealing with the auto industry was more effective and appropriate than the last President’s. Bush just threw money at the companies, while Obama required them to restructure their businesses in ways that made them more viable in the long term. Just about everything that he said was wrong and I am disappointed in NPR for allowing this sort of propaganda on their network.

I just want to second what Mr. Seymour's comment! Mr. Frum, do you really think our economy would have been fixed if McCain (or another Republican for that matter) had been elected? Fat chance! LMAO! Your article just showed how naive you are!

What was the point of this commentary? Allow me to summarize:

"I'm a Republican, and I'll be...wait for it...voting Republican. Why? Because President Obama's policies...wait for it...STINK! Republicans rule! USA! USA! USA!"

Please. Dump Frum. Dump the MarketPlace Minute on Fridays.

Bring on the guy from Presimetrics: http://www.presimetrics.com/

My radio was overtaken by FOX! If I wanted to hear political announcements I wouldn't be listening to Public Radio! I am sure tomorrow you will have someone who will vote straight democrat and give their reasons.

Open the books of ALL the obscure advocacy strawmen flooding this campaign season with advertizing dollars solicited from whom by whom, and then we'll talk about splitting my ticket -- MAYBE. I'm not thrilled with the Democratic Party in Ohio, but at least I have a pretty good idea where their money is coming from, and it ain't Carl Let-Me-Hold-Your-Dollar Rove.


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