Tuesday, December 03, 2013

JFK : neocon ahead of his time

Let me express my agreement with Wall Street Journal favorite, Ira Stoll, who in "JFK, Conservative" has written a polemic showing that if Kennedy were alive today and pursuing the policies he did during his presidency, we would consider him a conservative.

What Stoll means is that Kennedy was a neoconservative before his time. He was a liberal internationalist in foreign affairs, who affirmed America's mission to bring "human rights" to everyone on the planet. Moreover, while Kennedy contributed to the incremental growth of the federal welfare state, he also enacted with congressional approval a reduction of marginal tax rates for the wealthy. He practiced supply side economics before Reagan, the purpose of which is to increase the government's intake of taxes by allowing more money to be invested in the private sector.

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