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David: Thank you for the post. I think the following question you pose gets to the crux of the matter:
Don’t you think there is something compelling about a candidate who sees this as a contest between socialism and market reforms – and favors the latter?
The question is a bit rhetorical — of course I’m going to find compelling a candidate who favors the market over socialism. The pertinent question is, to what extent does Giuliani favor the market? One thing that struck me about your post was that it quoted at length Giuliani’s remarks but only gave a few sentences to his actual proposal. I’ve been at this business a little too long to put a lot of stock in a candidate’s rhetoric. It is policy where the rubber meets the road.
Suffice at this point to say that it is his policy proposal that I find disappointing. The changes he wants to make in the tax code and the FDA are excellent, no doubt. But beyond that, I don’t see much to get excited about.
Why am I not excited? Well, you’ll have to wait a few days for my piece in the American Spectator on that.