American Elephants

A Better Bargain For The Middle Class? by The Elephant's Child

This was a busy week for the President. He made the same lengthy speech three times, in Illinois, Missouri and Florida, and gave an edited excerpt as his weekly address. He claims credit for all of his administration’s successes…um— brought us back from the worst recession of our lifetimes, saved the auto industry, took on a broken health care system, invested in new American technologies to reverse our addiction to foreign oil, and changed a tax code too skewed in favor of the wealthiest at the expense of working families.


They use to call it the “Big Lie” technique;  if you just keep repeating the same lie often enough, people will believe it. I don’t know, perhaps he really believes that he has fixed all these things. The recession was sharp, but it officially ended in June of 2009 — Wouldn’t know it, would you?

Why have we had such high unemployment? He never mentions that the real unemployment rate  ( U-6) is at 14.3%, nor the 15 million people on food stamps. That is supposed to be an accomplishment, for the administration has workers out trying to get more people signed up for food stamps. They get a bonus for every one they sign up.

The reason there is such high unemployment is technology that makes some jobs obsolete (remember he complained about ATMs ), global competition, growing inequality and the policies that perpetuate it. That’s just silly. His speechwriters should know better. There are always new technologies, and jobs building the new technology. There is always global competition, and growing inequality? Well, yes, there is growing inequality between the 20 million unemployed and the folks who are working.

From that he pivots to the new Bill of Rights, a litany of what government should give you instead of those old, tired rights like freedom of speech, religion, the right of assembly — all those rights that the Left doesn’t like because they are restraints on government. “The government shall make no law…” is anathema to a party that wants no limits on what a government may do.

They will make laws that assure you a good job that pays good wages, an education that prepares our children and our workers for global competition, homeownership for all, affordable health care that’s there when you get sick (there’s talk of having pharmacists taking over more of that since there’s going to be a shortage of doctors). A secure retirement. How do they do that?

The “secure retirement” is already disappearing. Social Security is rapidly going broke, and Democrats refuse to reform it. The health care system was the best in the world, and ObamaCare is decimating it. Premiums are doubling, Doctors are leaving the profession and many refuse to accept Medicaid or Medicare patients. Innovation has slowed. Many school systems are rejecting the ‘Common Core’ nationalized curriculum, and studies have long shown that pre-school education like Head Start is ineffective at improving student outcomes.

So larger government will set up programs, and this will somehow put more people in the middle class, which will grow out and create more jobs and eventually prosperity. The faith of the left in government programs never dies, but is perpetual. If a program does not produce, then another program is created on top to do it better, or do what the previous program didn’t or something like that. Perpetual employment for enlightened progressives, who create prosperity by progressing.

The only thing holding us back is Republican resistance to giving us lots more money to play around with, and their unwillingness to shake off their complacency and set aside their insistence on disagreeing with me.  They must end “their endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals.” Uh huh.


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