David Stockman, former Ronald Reagan budget director and one of the early creators of Reaganomics, might be one of the few Republicans still worth listening to. Unfortunately for the real fiscal conservatives, my formerly beloved GOP has no interest in listening to rational 5th grade mathematics but prefers to play shell games with the budget to get attention and further it’s ridiculous ideology (e.g. Planned Parenthood funding fiasco).
The Republican Congressman from the auto[mobile] states saying “we’re all for free market capitalism, but not when it affects our backyard.” We have gotten so deep into this now that I believe we no longer have [free market] capitalism, and we no longer have a democracy.
Right now, everything is up for grabs in terms of who can lobby, who can marshall campaign funds, and so forth to produce outcomes that are not really good public policy and that are at variance with what the market produces.
In other words, the game (e.g. crony capitalism) is rigged in favor of those who can afford to pay the most to change the rules in their favor.