John T. Harvey is a longtime economics guru at Texas Christian University and a blogger at Forbes. His blog Pragmatic Economics tries to explain complicated financial principals to average dunderheads.
He aim to be a-political, he says, but sometimes he can’t help it. For instance, take the Republican platform recently hammered out at the Fort Worth convention. Please.
Harvey’s latest blog post minces no words, from the headline — “The Terrifying Texas GOP Platform” — to the big finish (the boldface is his, not mine):
“This is not to say that there are not portions of the Texas Republican Party Platform that are perfectly reasonable. There are. But, by and large, it reads as if it were written in another age and in ignorance of the social, economic, and scientific evidence of the past half century. Let there be no mistake about it: the Texas Republican Party Platform is terrifying. Were its recommendations implemented, the US would resemble a third-world country with a cheap, uneducated workforce and a massive gap between rich and poor. Unemployment would be rampant, growth stagnant, and answers few and far between thanks to the systematic repression of higher order and critical thinking. I don’t know what happened to the Republicans of fifty years ago, who were willing to discuss, reason, and compromise and who respected logic and reason, but they are sorely missed.”
Here’s the GOP platform that got Harvey so freaked out.