Also in the New York Times, Paul Krugman responds to George W. Bush’s veto of a middle-class entitlement first step to socialized health care by taking out the world’s smallest violin and playing the world’s saddest song.
Hereâ€™s what Reagan said in his famous 1964 speech â€œA Time for Choosing,â€ which made him a national political figure: â€œWe were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night. Well, that was probably true. They were all on a diet.â€
Todayâ€™s leading conservatives are Reaganâ€™s heirs.
Reagan was perfectly right back then. The cost of food is derisory in the United States, and even welfare provides more than enough income to preclude “going to bed hungry.”
And George W. Bush was perfectly right to veto that manipulatively-titled bill today. And, yes, conservatives are Ronald Reagan’s heirs and proud of it.