Morris makes the hard-to-refute point that Obama and his henchmen in Congress are using an alleged recovery/stimulus package as a trojan horse to implement fundamental changes to the relationship between Americans and their government. Morris argues that Obama will “dress up a generation of liberal priorities as necessary steps to fight the economic crisis”, taking advantage of our fear and panic to push through game-changing legislation under the cover of the economic crisis. In that sense Obama is starting to look a little like FDR, the Left’s cherished creator of our leviathan government. Morris writes:
We will enter his Administration as the United States, buoyed by an aggressive free market economy. We will exit his first year – and even the first hundred days – as France, burdened with massive government regulation, a vast public sector, and permanent middle class entitlements. And Obama will take care to arrange things so that massive and permanent political change accompanies his and protects his legislative achievements in the future.
You might want to think that this will be temporary, just the normal swinging of the pendulum back to the left, and that a future conservative leader will change things back. But anyone who has observed the American system knows that entitlements are forever. Morris closes with:
Most likely, Obama’s inability to tame the depression will erode his popularity during his first two years in office. But, by then, his proposals will be statutes. The fiscal parameters, the middle class’ expectations of no taxes and government handouts, and the demographics of our electorate will be changed forever.
Again, the best way to stimulate the economy would be a tax holiday for a few months… but that approach neither increases the politicians’ power nor our dependency on them so they will not let it happen. Also, once people saw how much more money they make without withholding we could be looking at a tax revolt. Which would be a very good thing.
It is time to stop the feel-good honeymoon and oppose the Socialist plans of our new President in every way. He aims to create more dependence on government, which means more dependence on my tax dollars. Collectivism is inherently immoral and is damaging to everyone except the losers getting a free ride; socialism is only good for those on the lowest rung on the socio-economic ladder. Why in the hell should we change the entire system for their benefit? “Common sense” is truly an oxymoron, like “tough liberal”.