Political Fracas: Is Bill Randles politically naive?
The Kansas City Star
I’m back to answer my own question: Should Bill Randles get more respect?
Having participated in a 45-minute sit-down with the Kansas City lawyer who is campaigning for the Republican nomination for Missouri governor, I would say no. Not politically.
Randles is a brilliant man who obviously has a lot of integrity and is genuinely indignant about kids being cheated out of good educations, politicians lining the pockets of themselves and their friends, and out-of-control bureaucrats.
But his prescriptions are right out of a free-market think tank, unfettered with any consideration of how they would work in the real world, or how he, as governor, would get a money-grubbing legislature to go along with them, or actually put them into practice.
Randles favors eliminating the income tax and thinks he could avoid a massive sales tax by getting rid of all exemptions, which sounds good until you contemplate the chances of getting the Missouri legislature to go along with that.
He wants to stop unelected bureaucrats from coming up with burdensome regulations, and give that power to elected representatives. That, he said, is a sign of trust in the wisdom of the people.
Not for me. Having seen how things work in Jefferson City, and how much money flows into the campaign coffers of the elected representatives, I’m more inclined to trust a state bureaucrat. Who, by the way, has probably been laboring for years at a pathetically low salary and under constant assault from folks who want to blame unelected bureaucrats for all of our problems.
When asked how he would get the legislature to go along with his ideas, Randles said he’s been on the trail and the persons likely to be elected to the House and Senate are more conservative than those they’ll be replacing, so everything should line up just fine.
Randles has done a lot of research on many topics, but not enough into how Jefferson City really works. In many respects he comes across as politically naive.
My earlier Political Fracas post drew some great comments, mostly from people who think Randles definitely should get more respect.
Here’s an excerpt from a post by Laine Jeep: “It has become obvious that ‘establishment’ politics and ‘establishment’ politicians are not working and, in fact, are creating the unconstitutional mandates and spending, resulting in a greater depth and length of this recession. Bill Randles is not an ‘establishment’ candidate. He understands the challenges we face today and bases his ideas and problem solving skills on the foundation of the U.S. Constitution.
And another from Phil Cardarella: “Brilliant and articulate is not the be-all and end-all. For 2000 years, the best and the brightest brilliantly articulated the Ptolemiac system wherein the sun revolved around the earth. And the Papal equivilant of the Tea Party burned those who disagreed at the nearest stake. You can be brilliantly and articulately wrong.”
Check out the rest of the comments here.