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A bigger wave

"A bigger wave" Continued...

Issue: "At the wire," Nov. 6, 2010

What do you think of the anti-Wall Street sentiment emanating from the Tea Party? There is not an animus toward Wall Street. There is an animus toward anybody who has big business access to the government and is seeking bailout subsidies from the public trough. If you are in business and do not have the decency and self-respect to shut up and compete, and instead go whining to the government for some kind of subsidy or bailout, you won't get much respect from the people in this movement.

Why not bailouts amid crises? If a business is not left to deal with risk, it will not be prudent. The market punishes immorality. The market punishes incompetence. Then the market cleans it up. When the market allocates resources and market share away from losers, it allocates them to winners. Government puts the incentive structure on its head. You win for losing if you can go to the government for a bailout.

Are we seeing any pre-election surprises? The biggest October surprise: dead people voting earlier this year than in past years. I don't mind Democrats continuing to vote after they die, but the guys who change parties when they die really irritate me.

With the emphasis this year on fiscal issues, what's happened to social issues? In the Tea Party we care about these issues but don't find them to be the most important issues that concern the broad base of the American electorate. I cannot tell you the depth of commitment my wife and I feel to the unborn. All the hours in all the years that I sat up in dark conference rooms until 4 or 5 in the morning fighting for Mexico City language that stops American funding of international abortions. Fighting that fight, year after year after year. If the Republicans gain the majority, we have a very good chance of seeing diminished funding, if not eliminated funding, for international abortions.

But you don't hear candidates talking about this . . . When I ran for office in 1984, the chairman of Texas Right to Life asked me, "What is your position on the life of the unborn?" I stated it in no uncertain terms. He said, "That's great. Keep your mouth shut about it." I said, "What?" He said, "You're trying to get elected. You don't get elected if you insist on talking about things that voters are uncomfortable with. So talk about the areas of consensus that are comfortable for voters to talk about, but keep your commitment in service." That was good electoral advice given by a wise man whose commitment to the unborn cannot be questioned.

At this point in your life what's most important to you? My savior Jesus Christ, who went to the cross for me. I take that very personally. Second, my wife, my family, and my grandchildren. My issues are the constitutional limitations imposed on government. It's a privilege to hold office. My objective is to inspire and encourage-and to punish officeholders if they fail to be adults.
To hear Marvin Olasky's complete interview with Dick Armey, click here.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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