Oct 26 2011
This has been a fascinating election cycle in one important way. All sides of the Political Industrial Complex of this nation (centered in DC, NY City and LA) have been trying to ignore the Big Elephant in the room: The American Voters and their anti-government rage.
The NY Times comes out spinning like a top today trying to find some hope for their leftist policies and any kind of deadly weaknesses in their conservative opponents (and pulease don’t try and tell me the NY Times has not gone far left over the last two decades). Buried deep into the article is this gem:
Not only do 89 percent of Americans say they distrust government to do the right thing, but 74 percent say the country is on the wrong track and 84 percent disapprove of Congress — warnings for Democrats and Republicans alike.
Emphasis mine. Let that highlighted number just sink in a bit. Ponder it and roll it over. Because it underpins all the other numbers in this poll. Today 9 in 10 voters distrust government to solve problems, spend our money wisely, treat us equally, protect our freedoms and/or be semi-competent. 9 in 10!
And which party has the libertarian, small government, Tea Party heart and soul of this 90%? Which party is the party of big government solutions. Which party has an abysmal track record of big government failures from the mortgage implosion due to social engineering, to trickle down government stimulus that failed to stimulate, to mountains of generational debt?
Only those in deep denial would ignore the obvious here.
Now, translate that anti-government rage (the same one, albeit at lower intensity at the time, that hit the Democrats in 2010) to the 2012 presidential election and you have really only one champion running that represents this 90%. There is only one who is acknowledged to have the least experience with bungled government solutions.
It’s not the President – that’s for sure. He came out and admitted the obvious yesterday, basically sealing his fate:
“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.
And the masses cheered! The goal of the 90% is to get government back into its minimal box so it can stop screwing things up. Yes, we want to be left alone, on our own.
Long time government and political workers are blind to opportunities outside government. Being immersed in the process of the bureaucracy and extremely inexperienced in the real world, they fail to understand when change is needed or a dangerous line has been crossed. With well intentioned ignorance the slavishly follow the established process – sometimes to horrible results.
Two glaring examples of blindered, bureaucratic thinking scar the national psyche to this day.
The first example is 9-11. President Bush enacted sweeping changes to the relationships between law enforcement and national security intelligence so that we no longer turn a blind eye to terrorists that we detect outside our borders once they come inside them to kill us. It is known as the Gorelick wall, that out dated barrier that said the FBI could not be notified of external threats now in the country, and Bush tore it down to great and silly angst from the left. If not for this classic bureaucratic communications barrier, we may have stopped 9-11 from being executed.
The 2nd example is the mortgage implosion which caused the Great Recession of 2008. At that time liberal law makers in Congress ignored warning signs that the flood of incapable home purchasers they backed in an attempt to expand home ownership was eroding the foundation of a major section of our economy (the housing market). Bureaucrats and left wing congress-critters blindly let our nation’s wealth evaporate in a burst of social engineering gone wrong, which in the end wiped out the life savings of millions of people.
There are thousands of more examples of smaller proportion out there (think Solyndra), so that 90% who distrust government have good cause for their views. And moreover, they are right.
Will Mitt Romney, with is own version of government run health care and is fealty to the Church of Global Warming/Al Gore, represent these 9 in 10 voters?
Laughable, isn’t it.
Can Governor Rick Perry and his support for in-state tuition for illegals (not even out of state rates, making a middle class Virginian less welcome than a Mexican day worker to Texas) represent them? Congress Critters Bachman, Paul or Gingrich? Senator Santorum and his desire to deny access to contraceptives (talk about your government intrusion)?
No, the one person who aligns perfectly with this 90% is Herman Cain. Buried even farther down in the NY Times poll article is Herman Cain:
Republican voters remain unenthused about their options to challenge President Obama next year, as the competition intensifies among Mitt Romney, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and other contenders. The uncertainty has provided an opening for Herman Cain, who was viewed more enthusiastically by Republican primary voters than were other Republican candidates.
Be hard to know Herman Cain leads in that poll 25-21 over Romney, with Perry at something like 6%. Cain is presented as some aberration, and after thought.
This silly denial is not going to sway the 90%. The political news media is associated with the government – no matter how much the media opines over the days when they were watch dogs over, instead of mega phones for, politicians.
The more the Political Industrial Complex rejects Cain The Outsider, the more support he will garner because it will be clear to the 90% that the one guy government does not want at the helm is the one guy who wants to tame the bureaucratic beast. And who also happens to be the one guy who lives outside the box of bureaucratic thinking.
On a side note, forget the class warfare BS surrounding the CBO’s math on income distribution:
CBO finds that, between 1979 and 2007, income grew by:
- 275 percent for the top 1 percent of households,
- 65 percent for the next 19 percent,
- Just under 40 percent for the next 60 percent, and
- 18 percent for the bottom 20 percent.
One thing to realize is very few people live their lives in any one level of income. In 1979 I earned a living at the lowest quintile (I was 19 and working a lot of odd jobs and going to college). Today I live in the highest quintile. Which means I have lived the American dream – as has just about everyone in the DC area and beyond. All this graph shows is my generation (entering their 50’s) is better off than my parents generation was at the same age.
The chart is all good news if you include an age factor. More lying statistics from failed bureaucrats trying to steal you hard earned money.
If a liberal tries to tell you otherwise, realize how poorly robbed the poor sap was of a decent education – and pity the fool.