Monday, June 16, 2014

Tyler Cowen Sees a Gender Issue Problem With David Brat

According to Cowen, LGBT "rights" are a neglected issue and he doesn't think Brat is going to make them a priority. Yup, the man, who wants to go to war to boost the economy (SEE: OMG Koch Funded Economist: The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth), writes:
I have received this question from many people.  I still haven’t read much Brat, other than a very quick browse of some (poorly written) passages (by the way, here is a piece on Brat’s theology).  In any case, my sense of him is this: he really believes in ideas, even if they are ideas a large number of people will find objectionable.  He wants to govern on the basis of those ideas, and he wants to debate those ideas on the floor of Congress.  He is authentic and thus he is exactly the kind of politician our Founding Fathers envisioned.  It is no surprise that at least some subset of primary voters found that appealing, especially compared to the what-can-only-be-called-cynicism of Eric Cantor...By the way, he should learn to write “Deirdre McCloskey,” (p.60) instead of “Donald-Diedre McCloskey.”  LBGT rights remain a neglected issue outside of “the Left,” but they are a good barometer of our overall degree of tolerance as well as a desirable policy in their own right.  I am not sure it is an issue Brat is so likely to be good on or to make a priority. 

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