Preston Manning townhall

Thanks to everyone that tuned in. We had a bit of a technical glitch going in that prevented the recording of the video but we’ve addressed the problem now.

We’ll be doing more of these in the future on a regularly scheduled basis with other voices from the conservative movement so I hope that you’ll tune in.

We also experimented lightly with Twitter for this townhall, allowing people to submit their questions live as they watched the video. We’ll be using it as a channel in from the community so that we can increase interactivity during these events. The political model is not broadcast out from politicians to democratic stakeholders, it’s narrowcast in from democratic stakeholders to politicians.



  • Doug Moseley

    There can be no permanent solution to the economic crisis until the cause of the crisis is eliminated. The 1995 amendments to the Community Reinvestment Act must be repealed. The Democrats are not going to admit they were the cause of the meltdown. Mr. Manning has carefully avoided mentioning the specifics. How are we going to gain support of the average person if they don't realize just why we are in this mess.

  • lwestin

    That was pretty good. Thanks Stephen.

  • Joanne (T.B.)

    Very interesting, Stephen. Thanks to you and Preston Manning for providing this forum.

    I think the idea of growing the movement so that the politicians can follow is an exciting one. In that sense conservatism can grow from the grassroots up. Fascinating.

    I also liked Preston's comments about people needing empathetic politicians, but it has to be sincere. People can detect phonies and it's worse than not saying anything.

  • Darcy Meyers

    Darn…I missed it.
    Do you plan on posting a summary of Q&A in text for those who missed it?

    Great idea BTW..

  • Jonathan

    The economic crisis was due to a strong government hand by Asian and US Feds and Treasuries intervening in the free market. At the turn of the millennium, Asian governments trying to mop up the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis dumped cash in New York and built US dollar reserves. America and consequently the free world became awash in cheap debt while at the same time punishing savers.

    Now the democratic government blames the free market for this catastrophe, completely ignorant to the fact that it was government intervention that caused it. If the government wants to know how it can help stimulate the economy then I suggest to them keep away from it.

  • batb

    Good point, Doug Moseley: “Mr. Manning has carefully avoided mentioning the specifics. How are we going to gain support of the average person if they don't realize just why we are in this mess.”

    There is a deep aversion these days to being specific about naming problems for fear of offending some individual or group — and so that one can keep one's options open. However, if a doctor misdiagnoses a patient's disease (as happened with my own father), the patient grows sicker and dies.

    In the New Testament, demons, often manifested in disease, were cast out by naming them. To not be specific, to not name what is causing dis-ease in our body politic, makes it impossible to expunge the decay and rot. It continues to grow and we are no further ahead.

  • Omanator

    I am not sure that I agree. . The present situation was caused by the banking community who sold fraudulent papers. Nobody can tell me that the Bank did not know I would come back to haunt them. They all thought they could get out of it before it crashed. On the other hand there was the greed of the individual investors who could not get money fast enough this facilitated the situation. It appears that our banking regulations have prevented us from much greater harm. At least non of our banks went broke. If you call that Gernement Intervention, then I am all for it.

  • christopherhsshanes

    With a mixture of philosophy and insight into the boom and bust cycles of financial markets, legendary investor Soros describes how the old belief, namely that markets move towards equilibrium, is now obsolete. In continuing support for his theory of reflexivity, he argues that a strict reliance on mathematics and modeling is no longer applicable in attempting to predict the actions of financial markets.