January 4, 2013
Historian Arthur Herman has a very interesting article at the Fox News website, which discusses the fiscal cliff, sequestration, and recent events in the city of Rosario, Argentina, where the good people have been rioting recently.
While unrest in Argentina is nothing new, Mr. Herman draws a very uncomfortable parallel between the events in Rosario and what is currently happening in this country, and calls out the real culprit, those actual takers: the unstoppably growing public sector economy.
Since 1970, America’s public sector has exploded as a percentage of GDP, rising to almost 25% last year. While the national unemployment rate hovers at the 8% mark, government worker unemployment rate is a cozy 3.8%. Sixteen percent of America’s workforce now work for government. By the time the Obama administration ends, we won’t be that far away from Argentina’s 21 percent.
Yet as an economic and social enterprise, government creates nothing. [emphasis mine]
Far from adding to people’s standard of living, government is the number one cause of poverty in this country. It forces those who depend on its largesse to live hand to mouth, with no time or money to plan for the future. They become unable to fend for themselves—and increasingly resentful of those who can…
Obama and the Democrats are relative newcomers to the game. But Argentina reveals who really suffers when those who create a nation’s wealth get mugged by those who spend it–as just happened this week in Washington.
It’s the poor and the middle class, the very ones big government says it’s trying to protect.
At this point, I diverge with the author, as I have seen no evidence that the Obama administration is actually trying to protect members of the poor and middle classes. The only thing being protected here is the reliably Democrat voting bloc. And that’s happening in the usual way, with
bread foodstamps and circuses Obamaphones.
Say what you will about Argentina, especially since the Peron era, the Obamas are no pikers. By the time Obama leaves office, there may not be much in the way of economic difference between America and Argentina.
And then the Obamas will waft away to gracious exile in Hawai’i, leaving the rest of the nation to topple, crash, and burn due in large part to the huge debt and even huger government that they deliberately created.
Rosario may look pretty good in comparison, by then.
October 14, 2011
I know who my money’s on: Bill Whittle delivers yet another awesome Afterburner, taking to task the Wall Street Whiners.
August 19, 2011
Let’s be fair here. The President must be exhausted. And why not? Consider:
- He’s just spent 3 solid days on board one of the most luxurious buses you and I could possibly pay for.
- Correct me if I’m wrong, but did he get even ONE round of golf in during the past 3 days? I don’t think so.
It gets worse: The travel agency that booked this 3-day tour – for some reason – did NOT book him into any urban areas where blacks and Hispanics are suffering from unemployment rates as much as two or three times the national average. I know how disappointing that must have been for him to have the travel agency neglect to have those areas represented. As that hilarious giant of the comedy world, Janeane Garbagefellow, would say (probably on Bill Mahr’s show), “This is racism… straight up!”
What’s that? The Obama administration set the itinerary? Oh… well, I’m sure there was a good reason the President didn’t want to speak to blacks and Hispanics from the inner cities most affected by his failed economic policies.
But as the President would surely point out, the real problem here, folks, is you and I.
You see, when the President said he was going on a “listening tour,’ you and I mistakenly thought he meant HE would listen to US. But as we all saw the other day, that was clearly a miscommunication: when a member of the tea party asked the POTUS his views on Vice President Biden referring to tea party members as “terrorists,” after a brief exchange, Obama walked away saying, “You obviously don’t want to listen…” (emphasis mine).
And therein lies the crux of the problem. During those three days, Obama was the one who did the vast majority of the talking, expecting the crowd to simply listen and accept. In other words, this was a political campaign trip in taxpayer-funded sheep’s clothing… aboard some mighty expensive luxury buses.
Net results: zero jobs created or saved in the US, a bunch of jobs created or saved in Canada to outfit some very expensive (and taxpayer-paid) buses. Apparently all because we didn’t want to listen. Got that?
And now we’re upset because Obama is taking the rest of August off on vacation? Maybe we should re-think our logic here.
As Erick Erickson wrote at Redstate this morning in his “Open Letter To Anyone Who Thinks Obama Should Not Go On Vacation” :
“Mr. President, you take as much vacation as you want. In fact, if you want to leave the country and go visit your relatives in Kenya or just go for a safari or go see your old stomping grounds in Indonesia or, heck, take the family to see penguins in Antarctica or even go to Bora Bora, I’d be glad to have you take say . . . the next twelve months off.
“And even better, I’m sure we can find some people to fund your vacation other than the American taxpayers who you’ve been using to fund your political campaign bus tour.”
I have to agree with Erick but with one caveat: Please… oh please... take Joe Biden with you.
August 6, 2011
- Caution: May leave bitter taste in your mouth for years to come.
The left wing hypocrisy continues unabridged: Tennessee Democratic State Representative Joe Armstrong was informed by a student at the University of Tennessee that a book store there was selling a breath mint called “Disapoint-Mints” which featured an image of President Obama on the cover.
Armstrong immediately went into hypocrite mode and demanded the product be removed as it was in poor taste, mocking the “sanctity” of the Presidency. Rep. Armstrong apparently didn’t have a problem with the same bookstore which sold similar products of political satire when George Bush was President.
This brings up a much larger issue:
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