A clarion call for November 2 from Big Government that is an absolute must-read.
In mid August under the heading “The Perversion of American Democracy: Death by a Thousand Cuts” we opined that in a series of continual steps the current Administration was subverting the underpinnings of our form of government by usurping and exercising power proscribed by the Constitution. Over time, we said, this can amount to the death of federalism by a thousand cuts.
Sadly, we may have understated the speed with which our 234-year-old constitutional system with its built in allocation of power between the national government, the states and individuals and the checks and balances between the three branches of the federal government is eroding. What is now more visibly apparent is the biggest power grab by an imperial Executive Branch in the last 75 years and the Congressional elections of 2010 may be our only real chance to stop the bleeding before we wake up and find a fundamentally different America. Far fetched? Alarmist? We don’t think so.In case after case, the public has shown its disapproval of the policies of the current Administration, both in its legislative agenda and the pompous pronouncements of the president and his appointees. There was no consensus to radically change our health care system so the Administration resorted to deceit, legislative bribes and procedural chicanery to get it done. The damage to health care delivery and affordability is only now beginning, but for Mr. Obama who promised fundamentally to change America, it is a cornerstone of the change (with more to come) he really had in mind. It signals that more and more Americans in the years ahead will be dependent on big government.
There is a common thread here and it is all coming together at warp speed. The thread is redistribution of wealth and it is accomplished by programs that punish private productivity and reward those who depend on the government. “The wealthy must pay their fair share,” our president tells us. Apparently, the fact that the top five percent of earners pay sixty percent of federal income taxes, the bottom fifty percent pay only three percent of the collected taxes and more than forty percent now pay no tax at all is not fair share enough. By recent estimates, thirteen percent of Americans pay no income or payroll taxes. On the other hand, more than forty-four percent of Americans live in households that are receiving one form of government subsidy or another. To be sure these benefits cannot be summarily withdrawn but they must be controlled, reduced or capped. But the continued march toward more socialist type programs will irretrievably change our form of government and hobble our once successful capitalist engine. We are simply heading in the wrong direction. Alberto Alesino, a professor of political economy at Harvard pointed out in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece that a review of over two hundred fiscal adjustments (economic expansion or retraction) in 21 countries over a 40-year period shows that spending discipline and tax cuts are the way to spur economic growth. To the contrary, past recessionary adjustments were attributable mostly to tax increases. This isn’t exactly rocket science. There is no faster way to reduce most any activity than to tax it.
In 2008 we elected a president we believed to be a political moderate and gave him an overwhelming Congressional majority with which to govern. However, once in office, he chose not to govern as a moderate, but from the far left, and the damage to our economy so far has been substantial. Unemployment went from just under eight percent to almost ten percent despite the so-called stimulus money and the president’s promise to create two million jobs. Mr. Obama has put in place policies and people who, at every chance they get, will further “transform America” (as Mr. Obama put it) toward his now obvious effort to have government take over increasing swaths of the economy and, in so doing, prevent entrepreneurs and the private sector from doing what they have always done: spur economic growth. Thus far his policies have put the nation in grave fiscal trouble and put our cities and states on the verge of insolvency. This profligate never ending spending of resources we no longer have, has created enormous angst throughout the country, if not a crisis atmosphere, which is why the 2010 elections have taken on such enormous importance, far more than mid-term elections typically do. […]
I don’t think I’m overstating by saying that our very futures depend on this election, 33 days away — and in 2012.