Feb 27 2009
I don’t recall Obama nor the democrats running on a platform to kill Reaganism? Reagan is one of this nation’s most beloved and respected Presidents. He made us feel good about ourselves and broke us out from the darkness of Â government dependency and brought us into the light of self responsibility and achievement. He reminded us that We The People are the core of this nation, not the silly bureaucrats in DC with their wild and impotent ideas (national school uniforms? CO2 cap and trade? Bridges to nowhere?).
Yet, many liberal democrats are now assuming they have a mandate to undo Reagan’s great work, an idea they did not pass by We The People during the last election cycle:
The budget thatÂ President ObamaÂ proposed on Thursday is nothing less than an attempt to end a three-decade era of economic policy dominated by the ideas ofRonald ReaganÂ and his supporters.
The Obama budget â€” a bold, even radical departure from recent history, wrapped in bureaucratic formality and statistical tables â€” would sharply raise taxes on the rich, beyond whereÂ Bill ClintonÂ had raised them. It would reduce taxes for everyone else, to a lower point than they were under either Mr. Clinton orÂ George W. Bush. And it would lay the groundwork for sweeping changes in health care and education, among other areas.
Emphasis mine. I have been hearing a lot about rolling back Reaganism since Obama has taken office. Personally I think it is a really dumb idea which will backfire all over the Democrats. People have tasted the fruits of individual responsibility for too long to want to move into a dependency mode where we wait on the bureaucrat gods to hand out our rewards for living.
Reagan touched something inherent in America, he did not befuddle or fool America with misleading sound bites. He tapped into our spirits and reminded us we can get through tough times. There is no undoing that, nor the policies that line up with that kind of thinking.
In earlyÂ October, as the meltdown of theÂ financialÂ industry gained momentum following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 59% of U.S. voters agreed with Ronald Reagan that â€œgovernment is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.â€
Since then, the stock market has fallen roughly 3,000 points, millions ofÂ jobsÂ have been lost, nearly a trillion dollars has been spent so far to bail out the financial industry, an additional $787-billion government stimulus package has been approved, and a new president has taken office who has proposed spending billions and billions more.
Despite all that, a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that the basic views of the American people have not change: 59% of voters still agree with Reaganâ€™s inaugural address statement. Only 28% disagree, and 14% are not sure.
America is not ready to go where President Obama and the Democrats are planning to take us. The wrong track/right track numbers are still heavily negative, there is still miniscule support for Congress and Obama’s numbers have been steadily declining with the stock markets. Â This frustration with DC may have ebbed slightly since the elections, but it really has not changed.
As we see months go by with no economic upturn in site the Democrats are going to find that promising the Moon and not delivering makes Americans find new leaders. We don’t applaud or reward failures.
Update: Again, it seems there is a strange synergy with news articles today. When people become dependent on government, and government fails, people do get very upset (government took their hard earned money and squandered it after all). And it seems in those countries which are very socialistic (the people are very dependent on government) the backlash has begun:
As people lose confidence in the ability of markets and governments to solve the global crisis, they are likely to erupt into violent protests or to assault others they deem responsible for their plight, including government officials, plant managers, landlords, immigrants and ethnic minorities. (The list could, in the future, prove long and unnerving.) If the present economic disaster turns into what President Obama has referred to as a “lost decade,” the result could be a global landscape filled with economically fueled upheavals.
Indeed, if you want to be grimly impressed, hang a world map on your wall and start inserting red pins where violent episodes have already occurred. Athens (Greece), Longnan (China), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Riga (Latvia), Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Vladivostok (Russia) would be a start. Many other cities from Reykjavik, Paris, Rome and Zaragoza to Moscow and Dublin have witnessed huge protests over rising unemployment and falling wages that remained orderly thanks in part to the presence of vast numbers of riot police. If you inserted orange pins at these locations — none as yet in the United States — your map would already look aflame with activity. And if you’re a gambling man or woman, it’s a safe bet that this map will soon be far better populated with red and orange pins.
For the most part, such upheavals, even when violent, are likely to remain localized in nature, and disorganized enough that government forces will be able to bring them under control within days or weeks, even if — as with Athens for six days last December — urban paralysis sets in due to rioting, tear gas and police cordons. That, at least, has been the case so far. It is entirely possible, however, that, as the economic crisis worsens, some of these incidents will metastasize into far more intense and long-lasting events: armed rebellions, military takeovers, civil conflicts, even economically fueled wars between states.
Yes there could be bloodshed, thanks to the over promising and exaggerating that many politicians dabble in. That and stealing the income of people and blowing it on idiotic schemes which line the pockets of a select few. I can see why people get upset.
I can’t help thinking about that lame weekly radio address Obama gave when the spendulus bill passed, and how crazy it was to make the bill out to be the be all, end all to our problems (and then on day later turn around and start crying ‘crisis’ again):
“Earlier this week, I signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – the most sweeping economic recovery plan in history. Because of this plan, three and a half million Americans will now go to work doing the work that America needs done.
Because of what we did together, there will now be shovels in the ground, cranes in the air, and workers rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, and repairing our faulty levees and dams.Â
Because of what we did, companies – large and small – that produce renewable energy can now apply for loan guarantees and tax credits and find ways to grow, instead of laying people off; and families can lower their energy bills by weatherizing their homes.Â
Because of what we did, our children can now graduate from 21st century schools and millions more can do what was unaffordable just last week – and get their college degree.Â
Because of what we did, lives will be saved and health costs will be cut with new computerized medical records.Â
This is still an amazing pile of soppy dribble. All of this is “now” going to happen. Unless it doesn’t, and then there will be a backlash.