By Robert Reich
Con Mannity here. Shrink deficits! States’ rights! Stand up to Russia! Free Markets! I’m a conservative from the old school, with a capital “Con.” And I love Donald Trump because he’s sticking to the time-tested conservative beliefs I’ve been pushing on this show for years.
For Example, if there’s one thing we conservatives believe its that we’ve got to shrink the deficit.
[News bulletin: Trump and Republican tax cut will explode the deficit]
Huh? [agitated] Actually, a lot of people don’t understand this, but I tell people all the time… if the real conservative goal is to cut the deficit, then sometimes, maybe the best way to do that is to expand the deficit – so there’s more to cut! Just think about that. …
Old school conservatives like me have other principles, too, that Trump is championing. States’ Rights! We conservatives hate having big government in Washington telling the states what to do.
[News bulletin: Trump and Sessions attacking California law legalizing pot]
Ok, I’m cool! [More agitated] When something bad is going down, like hippies smoking grass, that’s more important than states rights. I hate hippies, don’t you? And hate is a basic Republican principle. …
Back to Basics! You can’t trust Russia. Which is why Republicans came out against Obama’s New Start treaty with Moscow, and complained that Obama wasn’t doing enough to deter Russia in Ukraine. We have to get those bad-guy Ruskies and teach em’ whose boss!
[News bulletin: Russia helped Trump win election.]
What? Russia helped Trump? [Wildly agitated] I mean, one thing I know, Trump’s the boss, so Russia helping him get elected is teaching ‘em who’s boss.
Finally and not the least – basic conservative principle – free trade! Government, bad! Free markets, good!
[News bulletin: Trump starts trade war.]
Okay, we’re back. [He’s now upside down] It appears that everything is upside down. But that’s okay. As long as we stay just…like…this… I’m still a conservative. I’m still Con Mannity, and this is still Rox News.
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