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Sunday, August 1, 2010
The Wrong Side Of Good
I sometimes wonder how it feels to be a progressive democrat and aligned with those that seem to always be on the wrong side of common sense, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, and moral good. The Declaration of Independence states that, "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Most democrats and especially the progressive leaders in congress seem to have turned this most elegant declaration on it's head.
Life! Is it not the democrat party that increasingly pushes for the most liberal and morally repugnant abortion laws? Most go so far as to support the infanticide type procedure called partial birth abortions. Once Barbara Boxer was asked, "exactly when does a child receive rights?" her answer was, "when they leave the hospital." They continue to support unabated abortion rights even though an overwhelming majority support some restrictions.
They have decided to enact a new health care entitlement on the backs of seniors by cutting half a trillion dollars from medicare, which inevitably will reduce services and put many seniors at risk. Yes there will be rationing and Sarah was right that someone must decide who does and who doesn't receive life saving measures. Whether you're a fan of medicare or not, is the huge reduction to fund a new health care entitlement the proper moral choice? Obama himself said, During the health care debate, that at some point "maybe you would be better off not having the surgery, but taking the pain killer," in response to a question from an attendee about her elderly mother. The most vulnerable are at risk from the democrat majorities in congress. Seniors and the unborn or partially born are at the greatest risk.
Liberty! No one can argue the point that when government grows personal liberty shrinks. Government expansion inevitably leads to higher taxes, greater regulations, and intrusion into the personal lives of individuals. When congress passes two thousand page bills that no one has read, the devil usually comes out in the details, and the devil is always against personal liberty. Even those that benefit from entitlement programs lose freedom to determine their own destiny and become slaves to government largess. As this democrat congress has expanded the federal government, sucking trillions out of the private sector, we have seen government employment and wages skyrocket, while private sector jobs stagnate and wages contract.
The political class celebrates as their sphere of influence grows while the private sector mourns as their influence shrinks. At the start of the recession only one transportation employee made a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later 1,690 transportation employees had salaries of $170,000 or more. The growth in federal pay has pushed the average federal workers salary to $71,206 while the average private sector workers earns $41,331. Almost 40 cents of every dollar the government spends right now is borrowed money. That money will eventually have to be paid on the backs of our children and grand children, limiting their freedom even more severely.
Pursuit of Happiness! As the democrats in congress are continuing to push us further into an entitlement society and away from an opportunity society we see the effect on entrepreneurs and personal incentive. As unemployment benefits hit the two year mark, where is the incentive to find employment or start your own business? Nancy Pelosi believes unemployment benefits are the greatest stimulus to our economy and the fastest way to create jobs. Has anyone ever brought up the point that the money siphoned from the private sector to fund that unemployment check is de-stimulative to the Americans funding the federal government. I suppose it would be more accurate to say 60% is de-stimulative seeing that 40% is borrowed. Of course that 40% plus the interest will be de-stimulative to our children. Recent polls show that more Americans feel their children's standard of living will fall short of theirs, and the American dream is slowly vanishing. Through my travels in the eighties and early nineties, every where I went people saw America as their dream destination, where opportunities abound. Now we are becoming, because of a power hungry democrat majority, the rule rather than the exception. American exceptionalism according to Barack Obama is no different than Greek exceptionalism or British exceptionalism. Most Americans disagree. Their is an obvious tension between this administration and the business community, as this administration continues to demonize wealth creation and impose onerous regulations that centralize power in Washington.
Last and most insidious is this administration and the progressives attempt to divide Americans according to class, culture, and race. Class warfare has always been in vogue with democrats as they have always pummeled the wealthy as greedy and living at the expense of the quote, "working class Americans." The wealth of the country must be returned to the rightful owners, according to them. That is code for redistribution, and big payoffs to their union buddies through Obama care and financial reform.
Culturally they are dividing by academic and social arrogance. They belittle the common sense approach to problem solving as simplistic, while their nuanced and complex answers are touted as brilliant and imaginative, but in reality are based on theory. The administration is built entirely on academics that have no idea how to create a real job, or meet a pay-role, or solve a pressing problem. Obama's denunciation of middle America as clinging to their guns and religion is another such example of their elitism.
Their race baiting is the most insidious of all. They accuse those that want immigration laws enforced, and tea party activists, or anyone that opposes Obama's policies as racists. In reality they are the racists. They have for decades cajoled the African American community into voting for them at the promise of special legislation that quote, "will level the playing field." In reality they have shown their racism through affirmative action and quota programs, announcing to the world that African Americans can't make it without the help of the federal government. That soft bigotry of low expectations has doomed that community to a plantation mentality of looking to government for handouts or special circumstances. The same with the Hispanic community. They portray them as poor Latinos just looking for opportunities so they must be given a pass on breaking our immigration laws.
Once again special treatment reveals their racist tendencies. Laws should never discriminate according to race and national origin. The conservatives I know do not consider race as a prerequisite for employment or anything else for that matter. Not so with the democrat party. They have abandoned Martin Luther Kings admonition, "that we should judge a man on the content of their character not on the color of their skin." It's time that we reveal the democrat party and progressives in particular for what they are. They're antithetical to the declaration of independents and divisive on almost every issue trying to divide and conquer to bring power to themselves. Read: Dead Fish Go With The Flow.....at my other blog....Con-Men 4 Palin Link