Free enterprise – open, competitive markets where the most efficient will prevail with the consumer. The stated goal of capitalists and conservatives.
Pure nonsense. The last thing capitalists want is “free enterprise” and they work very hard to avoid it. They want government regulated monopolies in the form of, say, drug patents, subsidized from day one and then monopolized. They want to government ordered to pay the highest possible price, not a price determined by market forces.
They want subsidies, WorldCom and Enron demonstrated they want more monopolies, they want time and material contracts, they want regulations and bonds the small guy can’t meet, they want to freeze out competition every chance they get.
Let’s forget the myth that “free enterprise” as a conservative value. It is not, and the very notion is subverted every chance a good “capitalist” gets a chance.
That, like debt reduction, is simply a sound bite. Sort of like family values, something they preach and don’t really give a rip about.
A platform as hollow as the cake from which pops the scantily clad girl. Only in this case it’s a cake from which pops Scrooge, wallowing in bucks.