Javert Rovinski, on Oct 17 2003, 03:02 PM, said:
I don't see how democrats can possibly be considered closer to libertarian ideals than republicans.
Some Libertarian ideals, anyway.
This the link Sanchez quotes from in my quote of him (Try saying that three times fast!
By Jeffrey Frankel:
How did the Republican party, long associated with fiscal conservatism, come to preside over so large a deviation from sound economic policy? It is the result of a long but little-noticed transformation.
Since the 1960s, the Republican and Democrat administrations have switched places on economic policy. The pattern is so well established that the generalisation can no longer be denied: the Republicans have become the party of fiscal irresponsibility, trade restriction, big government and bad microeconomics.
Surprisingly, Democrat presidents have, relatively speaking, become the proponents of fiscal responsibility, free trade, competitive markets and neoclassical microeconomics. This characterisation sounds implausible. Certainly, it would not be recognisable from the two parties' rhetoric. But compare the records of Presidents Carter and Clinton with those of Presidents Reagan, Bush senior and Bush junior.
And he goes on to do just that.