crossposted from: Blog @ MoreWhat.com
There is the chance that as politics moves past the history of the 2008
Presidential campaign what was presented then will be forgotten.
Is it reasonable to ignore issues raised about then Presidential
candidate Barack Obama now that he will be sworn in January 20th as
President Barack Obama? From his mysterious past to his
questionable associations and alliances to criticism of him being a
socialist a November 2008 election victory should not assume these
issues are moot. In view of his massive spending package plans
and the rest of his agenda the issue of socialism has not gone away.
In an opinion piece at the WSJ use of the S word indicates it has not
fallen off the radar in this year’s political landscape. In the
end, he advises, Republicans can only win if they rediscover the power
and voter appeal of innovative and reform-minded solutions to the
nation’s ills. “If we’re going to have a party that gets the White
House back before we fall totally into socialism, we need to persuade
voters that our market-based solutions work, and government mostly
doesn’t. And we’re going to have to apply these principles to a whole
new set of policy challenges.”
‘Before we fall totally into socialism’ is the key phrase and might be
viewed as being directed to the coming Obama Administration but to be
fair it was applied to both major parties. In 2008
the GOP became the party of federal bailouts and other socialistic
solutions to the financial meltdown. Most voters don’t fully understand
why the stock market and economy collapsed this year, says Mr. Barbour,
“but they do know it happened on our watch, and so we get the blame.”
While out of control spending was not an idea lost on the GOP in recent
years that is in no way an excuse to allow the next Presidential
Administration or the Democratic party majority in Congress to
duplicate the mistake. With all the talk of reform during the
2008 campaigns the reference below may suggest those concerns have been
abandoned in favor of continued massive spending measures. Simply
continuing to throw money at a problem is no guarantee of a solution.
It might be difficult to sell the American public on the idea that an
economic stimulus package needs to be instituted quickly. They just got
a bellyful of rushing through a Wall Street bailout that doesn’t seem
to be working as planned.
Nevertheless, it is imperative that something be done about the reeling
U.S. economy — and soon.
Introducing more fear into the equation with the notion we have to act
quickly. All that guarantees is more waste and less oversight or
good judgement. To preface the need for speed by stating the
public may not want another brewing fiasco like the TARP situation does
nothing as an argument to support more spending.
“It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or
long-term growth, but at this particular moment, only government can
provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this
deep and severe,” Obama said Thursday.
He’s right. There will be those who will call this socialism and
government control. But the fact is it will take a huge infusion of
funds to stop the plunge toward another Great Depression, if we are not
already there. The government grants will start work on projects such
as roads and bridges, which will in turn allow private companies to
form and expand. It’s the trickle-down theory of jobs.
The problem with applying the same logic to government spending as a
reasonable short term solution is that any marriage between government
and spending is never short term. Like the Energizer bunny it
just keeps going and going and going. But the S word appears
again in the piece above. Everything about this situation screams
socialism and no one is more qualified to bring it to America than the
Democratic party. With the spending spree in full bloom liberals
are euphoric. Check the following video featuring Obama and
Pelosi for more proof. Notice the scary demeanor of Pelosi
drunk with the notion of all that money and Obama in the White House.
There have been reports suggesting PE Obama, aka PEBO, will include
every spending item for his entire administration in his continuation
of the bailout frenzy or his stimulus package. The idea being he
wants to enable his entire spending agenda as the government answer to
everything in his first play from the White House. The political
move of adding tax cuts to the agenda is merely an attempt to persuade
Republicans to vote for it. What about things PE Obama has
I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it
exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else
is lost. (Barack Obama)
In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a
politics of cynicism or a politics of hope? (Barack Obama)
We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes
on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that other countries
are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.
We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our
students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the
grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the
best education possible. ( Barack Obama)
This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets
have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a
cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be
able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many.
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of
ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you
hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize
your true potential. (Barack Obama)
Some of the quotes above sound much like the spirit of the following
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
If we have chosen the position in life in which we can most of all work
for mankind, no burdens can bow us down, because they are sacrifices
for the benefit of all; then we shall experience no petty, limited,
selfish joy, but our happiness will belong to millions, our deeds will
live on quietly but perpetually at work, and over our ashes will be
shed the hot tears of noble people.
The two quotes above are from Karl Marx. Marx is also credited
for a quote that he was not a Marxist. Obama denies he is a
socialist. This would be another example of actions speak louder
than words and simply saying something doesn’t make it true.