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Janice
01-30-2012, 02:04 AM
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Barack Obama Is Trying To Make The Us A More Socialist State (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9045587/Barack-Obama-is-trying-to-make-the-US-a-more-socialist-state.html)

What was it everybody used to say about the United States? Look at what’s happening over there and you will see our future. Whatever Americans are doing now, we will be catching up with them in another 10 years or so. In popular culture or political rhetoric, America led the fashion and we tagged along behind.

Well, so much for that. Barack Obama is now putting the United States squarely a decade behind Britain. Listening to the President’s State of the Union message last week was like a surreal visit to our own recent past: there were, almost word for word, all those interminable Gordon Brown Budgets that preached “fairness” while listing endless new ways in which central government would intervene in every form of economic activity.

Later, in a television interview, Mr Obama described his programme of using higher taxes on the wealthy to bankroll new government spending as “a recipe for a fair, sound approach to deficit reduction and rebuilding this country”. To which we who come from the future can only shout, “No‑o-o, go back! Don’t come down this road!”

As we try desperately to extricate ourselves from the consequences of that philosophy, which sounds so eminently reasonable (“giving everybody a fair share”, the President called it), we could tell America a thing or two – if it would only listen. Human beings are so much more complicated than this childlike conception of fairness assumes. >>>

There is, it turns out, a huge difference between being provided with a livelihood and feeling that you have earned it. The assumption that all the wealth that individuals create belongs, by moral right, to the state, to spend on benefits or phoney job creation schemes (sorry, public infrastructure projects), is proving phenomenally difficult to expunge in Britain, so ineradicably has it embedded itself in the public consciousness.

In the US, it has had only odd historical moments of favour (Roosevelt’s New Deal, Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society”), which have been beaten back consistently >>>

The United States is a country that was invented to allow people to be free of domination or persecution by the state. Its constitution and political institutions are specifically designed to prevent the federal government from oppressing the rights, or undermining the sense of responsibility, of the individual citizen. If it ceases to stand by that principle, then it will suffer a catastrophic loss of purpose and identity – as well as making a quite remarkably stupid and unnecessary mistake.

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Excellent article and worth a read. But why must the best commentary and news come from foreign news organizations? Now if only the GOP would read it and learn something.

Apache
01-30-2012, 03:02 AM
Barack Obama Is Trying To Make The US A More Socialist State
...and in other news; Water is wet...

Apache
01-30-2012, 03:06 AM
Now if only the GOP would read it and learn something.

Your mistake is in thinking the GOP care any more about the people than their power. They are just as bad as the Dems in that regard...;)

BadCat
01-30-2012, 10:01 AM
"Socialist" is being kind.

He's a full bore commie.

Odysseus
01-30-2012, 10:40 AM
"Socialist" is being kind.

He's a full bore commie.

He's more of a dorm room communist. I doubt that he's ever read Marx (it's turgid, dull prose, and takes a certain discipline to wade through, and if there's one thing Obama lacks, it's discipline), but he apparently absorbed quite a bit of the superficial trappings between bong hits. His profs were happy to have someone regurgitate their talking points, and didn't expect much else from an affirmative action case, so he got passed along. Now, he's in way over his head, and he can barely even maintain the facade. His SOTU address was a pathetic rehash of old themes that didn't inspire anyone, especially himself, but he lacks the tools to go grow and change. This is why his reelection campaign is going to be short on substance and long on bile. He can't run on his record, and he can't sell himself as the messianic answer to what ails us, so the only thing left is to demonize the opposition.