Skip to comments.Down With the People
Posted on 02/06/2010 8:12:51 AM PST by moose2004
Blame the childish, ignorant American publicnot politiciansfor our political and economic crisis.
(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...
I hope these fool socialists keep this stuff up. It will make it easier when we play guillotine! LOL
IF Jacob Weisberg were starving and begging on a street corner the childish, ignorant American public not politicians would give him money for food.
He has a point. The voters did elect Obama so there is something to say for their naivete and ignorance. Although one could argue that the GOP was unelected rather than the Dems elected.
When a liberal starts up with this kind of petulant whine, you know that even THEY know they’re headed for a beating at the polls.
Indeed there ARE a lot of childish, ignorant people in the US. How else to explain Hussein in the White House.
the childishness, ignorance, and growing incoherence of the public at large. = Democrats
I won’t read his article, but who else voted for politicians promising the nanny state in the US? Bulgarians? Who else bought and watched media and entertainment figures that urged the same? Martians?
Let’s see...reduce spending...easy ones first: how about defunding: 3 billion to ACORN; untold billions of grants for Global Warming Hoax.....and the one that really irks me...”I got my free Scooter from the Scooter Store.”
I would go further. The electorate is not composed of children but of beings with split personalities that want freebies but with only modest taxes. That is NOT the stance of a rational person with a clue. Both parties pander to that bi-polarity, one promising the bennies while the other keeps the upfront costs low, and not really fighting for austerity.
I agree. Did you also notice how Weisberg cynically refers to the Dems’ former “super majority” in the Senate? I’m hearing this more and more from liberals, they cannot accept the fact that their left wing agenda is held up because of inconvenient Senate rules. I guess they conveniently forget all the judges Bush nominated that were placed on hold or filibustered by the Dems during 43’s two terms.If the tables were turned I’m sure he would praise the 41 Dems for their “bravery” in the face of 59 “right wing extremists.” Pathetic.
“The electorate is not composed of children but of beings with split personalities that want freebies but with only modest taxes.”
Let’s take Jacob Weisberg’s article apart:
JW) One year ago, 59 percent of the American public liked the stimulus plan, according to Gallup. A few months later, with the economy still deeply mired in recession, a majority of the same size said Obama was spending too much money on it.
FR) The majority of Americans were willing to give President Obama a chance to try his stimulus plan in the face of an economic crisis. Since Obama’s stimulus plan has clearly failed to improve the economy, the public now feels it was a mistake.
JW) Sixty percent of Americans want stricter regulations of financial institutions. But nearly the same proportion says we’re suffering from too much regulation on business.
FR) Obama has done nothing to fix the financial market. His proposal is simply a “tax” that will not prevent what the pubic has been told is the cause of the meltdown...unregulated risk taking. What the public really wants is an SEC and Congress that stops the mortgages to those who cannot pay them and the trading of those loans as prime instruments.
JW) At the root of this kind of self-contradiction is our historical, nationally characterological ambivalence about government. We want Washington and the states to fix all of our problems now. At the same time, we want government to shrink, spend less, and reduce our taxes.
FR) The cause of this is the mistaken belief that government can fix problems. As Ronald Reagan said, “....government IS the problem.” The American people know this, deep down, but still look for leadership in the wrong place.....Washington DC.
JW) Brown wants government to take in less revenue: He has signed a no-new-taxes pledge and called for an across-the-board tax cut on families and businesses.
FR) This is where JW denies reality......that tax cuts really lead to increased revenue, not less. This has been proven over and over again, but Obama and liberals still try to repeat the same lie, hoping the public believes it. Unfortunately for Obama and the liberals, most of the public believes tax cuts work.
JW) Our inability to address long-term challenges makes a strong case that the United States now faces an era of historical decline. Our reluctance to recognize economic choices also portends negative effects for the rest of the world. To change this story line, we need to stop blaming the rascals we elect to office and start looking to ourselves.
FR) Here, JW gets one right. Politicians are not the answer....good leaders are. That is what the Tea Parties are all about.
The free market (Capitalism) did not cause this crisis, the government (Socialism/Communism) did.
The free market did not create Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae and Sallie Mae, the government did.
The free market did not pass laws that force banks to lend to those who do not qualify for a loan, the government did.
The free market did not take us off the gold standard, the government did.
The free market did not dump trillions of dollars of cheap money into the system causing the largest asset bubble in history, the government did.
The free market did not create multiple multi-trillion-dollar unfunded entitlement programs, the government did.
The free market did not write a 60,000+ page tax code that punishes work, rewards sloth and buys the votes of special interest groups, the government did.
The free market did not destroy our public school system and graduate (or fail to graduate) generations of civically and financially illiterate citizens, the government did.
The free market did not drive our jobs overseas and kill our entrepreneurial spirit with over-taxation, over-regulation and frivolous lawsuits, the government did.
The free market did not ban drilling for oil, vilify coal and block the building of nuclear power plants in the United States, thereby transferring hundred of billions of dollars of American wealth and many thousands of energy-industry jobs to foreign countries, the government did.
This crisis is the result of a giant social engineering experiment and vote-buying scheme gone tragically wrong.
The free market does not try to engineer society or buy votes, the government does.
The government caused this crisis, the free market did not.
The government cannot fix the crisis, the free market can.
I happen to agree with this author. Don’t like his assertion that we all are responsible, though, or his reliance on polls.
The problem I see is that we have a poor educational system that breeds selfishness and ignores responsibilty. When you add constant polling on issues, you get the kind of shallow inconsistent thinking that he describes. A pollster doesn’t stimulate deep thinking about issues.
The only poll that should count is the one that elects our representatives. For that we should educate ourselves. The rest are American Idol, Jay Leno man-in-the-street interviews. They don’t count.
The author thinks the public was brilliant when they voted for Obama and supported the stimulus, though. You agree with that?
To liberals, there are two general truths, when they are not getting their way: 1) The people are stupid and 2) Republicans are evil
If you are going to agree with Saul Alinsky leftists, you should at least understand the context.
But, my friends, the sad fact is that we are presented for election those who choose to run, are we not? What are we supposed to do?...go out and force people to run for public office?
It is not a horrible situation in which we find ourselves that people who crave power and are willing to suffer all kinds of verbal and sometimes physical abuse in order to gain that power and "status" are the only ones who are willing to run for office?
We therefore are presented with a situation that makes "We the people" look stupid, childish and ignorant for electing crooks, liars and wanna be tyrants time after time because we are stuck with what we are presented with.
Are we "victims" of the system?....and what would be better?....
During the middle GWB years all we heard from the whiners on the left was how bad the economy was and how much the USA was a shame to all the world. Now with their sacred Dems in total power everything they moaned about has become a reality on steroids. Many of their once bamboozled dupes have now seen the light shine on their shackled delusions!
The socialist are so out of touch with the people that they cannot ans will not see that it isn’t that we simultaneously want things but reject solutions, it is that we reject THEIR heavy handed, one size fits all approach to everything. For instance, their solution to people without health care is to FORCE people to buy it and then threaten them fines and jail if they don’t.
What about the free government cell phones?
“...free Scooter from the Scooter Store.
I’ve wondered about that for a long time. Can’t find any research on how that works. Did find it mentioned in one of the “health bills” proposed. The gov of course would take over all scooters.
There’s a story in there I know there is.
I couldn’t agree with you more.
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