Political discourse is in precipitous freefall as of late. The “lame duck” 111th Congressional leadership has become a 24/7 cascade of sound bites, demagoguery, and posturing. One would have thought that the historic November elections would have created some consensus among Democrat lawmakers that the people had wearied of their policy goals and emboldened those on the right to proceed with a “people-directed” agenda. These people are not as smart as Bill Clinton.
In the first two weeks, we have seen the President act as if the electoral “shellacking” never took place. With the same leadership team being returned to the “shellacked” Democrats, the push continues for the same economy-killing game plan that has plagued the past four years of Democrat Party dominance in the Congress. As unemployment rose again in November to 9.8%, and lawmakers on the left clamored for another year of unemployment benefits (this would make thirty-six months of payments to individuals to do no work), small businesses waited in the wings for some kind of consistent tax policy to be enacted.
American businesses once prided themselves on crafting one-year, two-year, even five-year plans for growth. With the U.S. corporate tax rate the second highest in the world (behind Japan, and you can see their economy is no great shakes), entrepreneurs are taking their capital, and jobs, offshore in order to be able to forecast future profits. The Far East has become a fertile business climate because, as Steven Winn put it, “they don’t change the rules every five minutes.”
This kind of ideological tenacity from the left can only be explained by an evangelistically-cemented belief that everything would just be alright if government could confiscate more money from the “rich”. We have been pummeled by Nancy Pelosi’s contention that the continued tax cuts could not be “paid for” (now that’s an interesting concept) and the result would be a $700 billion hole in the deficit. It apparently has not occurred to Ms. Pelosi that such a fate could be avoided by means of a $700 billion or more cut in fiscal 2011 spending. Oh, no! That could not possibly happen!
Here are some other Democrat Party solutions.
Got a big illegal alien problem? Democrats say, “Pass the Dream Act. Just make citizens out of the 2,000,000 or so dependent children born to illegals in the U.S., thus allowing them to bring their families already here and still out of country into the country, providing us an additional 10,000,000 votes per election cycle and a permanent Progressive majority for decades to come. Now, that’ll put a stop to illegal immigration.”
Need a military with better morale and cohesiveness? Democrats say, “Populate the services with openly gay soldiers. Never mind what the Chiefs of the Services think. Never mind what the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen think.”
Got a couple of crazy dictators trying to develop nuclear weapon? Democrats say, “Agree to decrease our nuclear stockpiles while allowing the Russians to enlarge theirs, continue to enable the Iranian program, and unilaterally agree to turn our backs on our allies and give up our missile defense capabilities.”
Sorry, I got off-track. It is so easy to do these days.
Fact is, government cannot create wealth, it can only destroy it. Government cannot create jobs, it can only provide the civic laboratory for the free market to create them. Government cannot force people to be productive, it can only give them the assurance that their hard work and playing by the rules will result in an increase in wealth and opportunity for their employees. Government hiring has blown a hole in the competitive marketplace, resulting in unprecedented increases in salaries and benefits, nearly double that of the private sector.
The fundamental disagreement is that Progressives believe all wealth belongs to the government and it is their job to decide how much of it they think productive citizens should keep. This number is decided upon by factoring the trillions they wish to allocate to unproductive individuals who will be in a dependent position towards them for a lifetime, thus solidifying a massive dependent voting bloc forever. Once that benevolent number is decided upon, additional inefficient programs must be organized and manned by thousands more federal, unionized, workers, whose dues will enrich the coffers of massive union organization who will then contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to Democrats in order to provide them with more workers, ad nauseum.
As a result, the “rich” must be squeezed for the perpetual tax increases, thus causing them to lay off workers, thus increasing unemployment, thus decreasing tax revenues, thus increasing unemployment insurance payouts, thus requiring more borrowing or monetizing the debt, thus creating economic crises that the Democrats must come in and take more power, money, and influence to solve. It’s a pretty slick program; just crash the greatest economic system in the history of the planet for your own personal benefit.
While Democrats have been repeating the same old worn out phrases, drug gangs on our southern border have increasingly been killing American citizens; 12,000,000 illegals are populating our prisons, establishing gangs in our cities, stressing our social benefits structure, putting hospitals out of business due to overflowing emergency rooms and unreimbursed care, sending education costs skyrocketing; insiders have been leaking 250,000 secret Defense and State Department memos; while the President has declared useful coastal areas off-limits, we have continued to buy most of our energy from people who hate us and are using the money to prop up Iranian nuclear weapons development and to train insurgents to kill our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan; and our public schools continue to fail us and our children.
The wealth of the American people belongs to them to be used as they choose. They recently chose to keep more of it and send less to Washington and every state capital. Elected officials must do with less. This is what American businesses are doing. This is what American households are doing. This is what American non-profits are doing. Government is not excused. In fact, once government spends less, gets out of debt, and restores faith with the American people, this economy will get into overdrive.
Here’s a plan for Democrat lawmakers. Remember that “car” the President keeps talking about that the Republicans ran into the ditch? Well, you guys have been driving it for four years and it is out of gas, has a burned up engine, a ruined transmission and torn seat covers. Your “car” is not getting us anywhere. On November 2nd, the American people junked your jalopy and requested a full size upgrade.
So, for the next two years, move aside and let the Conservatives steer this citizen-mobile down the freeway to financial recovery. If you guys will cooperate, we’ll let you ride shotgun.