Skip to comments.After Obama - Republican or Democrat, our next president will be a budget hawk. (VDH)
Posted on 04/05/2013 12:03:59 AM PDT by neverdem
We can imagine what lies ahead in 2017 — no matter the result of either the 2014 midterm elections or the 2016 presidential contest.
There will be no more $1 trillion deficits. About $10 trillion will have been added to the national debt during the Obama administration, on top of the more than $4 trillion from the eight-year George W. Bush administration. That staggering sum will force the next president to be a deficit hawk, both fiscally and politically.
In addition, there will be no huge new federal spending programs — no third or fourth stimulus, no vast new entitlements. The debt is so large and voters are so tired of massive borrowing that the next president will talk not of “investments” but of balancing the budget. In 2017, President Hillary Clinton or President Marco Rubio will tell us that cutting spending and living within our means is the new cool.
If eight years of borrowing, printing, spending, and lending vast sums of money at zero interest did not lead to economic recovery, then the antithesis of all that will be the explicit platform of Republicans and the implicit one of Democrats.
Obamacare may remain in name, but in fact most of its provisions will be discarded or amended. Its full implementation next year will result in almost everything that was not supposed to happen: higher health-care premiums, rationed care, scarcer doctors, and fewer jobs. Obamacare will mostly go the way of the Defense of Marriage Act — officially the law of the land, but its enforcement simply ignored by the powers that be.
Despite an increase in carbon emissions since 2000, the planet did not heat up in the last 15 years. Scientists will continue to argue over global warming, but politicians will not talk much more of implementing costly cap-and-trade policies. They will still praise green energy as the way of the future, but they will not continue the massive subsidies needed to substitute it for far cheaper fossil fuels.
Instead, expect a renewal of federal oil and natural-gas leases on public lands. There is too much newly discovered recoverable energy on federal property to continue to delay its full production — and too much of an upside in cheaper gas at the pump, more independence from Middle East autocracies, more jobs, more money, and more economic growth.
Do not expect the same level of increases in disability and unemployment insurance and food stamps. The trajectories of all those programs since 2009 are not sustainable. For all the talk that Social Security and Medicare are not in bad shape, Democrats and Republicans after Obama will be forced to save both programs by either upping the eligibility age, curbing some benefits, or hiking payroll taxes — or all that and more.
The next president will jettison the sort of class warfare that has led only to short-term political gain and long-term polarization. Obama’s “fat cats” and “one percenters” will disappear from the presidential vocabulary. We will hear no more accusations that the successful really did not build their own businesses, or that they should have known when it was time not to profit because they had made quite enough money. Expect just the opposite: a Bill Clinton-like schmoozing of small businesses, asking them to please start buying, hiring, and expanding again.
Aside from the partisan furor over whether the Obama policies have worked — Democrats will say that things would have been worse without them; Republicans will insist that a natural recovery was turned into long-term doldrums — we will not see them continued.
We are institutionalizing, in European style, huge government, high unemployment, sluggish GDP growth, serial annual deficits, ballooning aggregate national debt, and massive dependency, along with near-zero interest rates. The two parties will disagree over the contours of this chronically weak economy, but not over the fact of its weakness — or, soon, even its causes. Most Americans will not wish to continue down the road to Italy or Spain.
Barack Obama is a landmark figure: young, charismatic, seemingly post-national, and supposedly post-racial. For those reasons alone, he enjoys a level of unshakeable political support not predicated on the actual record of his tenure as president (just as most remember fondly that he won the Nobel Prize but don’t quite know what he did to earn it).
Obama’s economic record will be dispassionately acknowledged to be similar to that of Jimmy Carter. But, unlike Carter, Obama will remain a mythical figure in liberal circles.
To borrow a line from a classic Western, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” And so we will do just that.
– NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. His The Savior Generals will appear in May from Bloomsbury Books. © 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
That's the title of this essay at Real Clear Politics.
The next president will be whoever Soros chooses. I expect to never see another real presidential election in my lifetime. We will go through the motions, but it will be all for show, as the rigging has been perfected.
it would be nice if we could at least form a solid front in local and state elections, but we have purists who would rather vote for satan than vote for an impure candidate.....
Hanson is whistling by the graveyard... looking busy..
Refuses to face reality.. Getting democrats out of Washington will take an ARMY...
You will have to remove their cold dead hands from federal power..
Did I say DEAD.. I believe I did..
Getting to those hands will take a boatload of doing..
If you think voting will do it.. what planet are you from.?.
Course you MIGHT get them to start killing each other..
Which is doable...
Because republicans are afraid to be called racists..
They will do NOTHING... except whinny, bleat, and grunt..
So THEN.. How do you turn rabid blood thirsty morons on each other.?.
NOW.. thats the question... expect no help from ANY REPUBLICAN..
Sorry..... A few will Hee HAw.....
Why would a scumbag Democrat be a “budget hawk”?
Sorry. No sale.
Why would the low information, live to vote entitletard change his mind just because we are broke? He just wants his free handouts to continue, and there are plenty of democrats that will ride and whip the economy until it falls down dead. By 2017, we will be done as a united country anyway.
Just another naive “talking head” that is ignoring reality.
If Hellry wins and d’rats control Congress, the spending & printing presses will be even more out-of-control.
VDH (and others) simply do not get it - we are under attack from vile communists who will stop at nothing to destroy America.
There will never be another conservative for sure.
The only way we will get right, fiscally, is through war. The entitled will never do it willingly.
Sad that you’re correct bump.
The next president “fixing” America is as impossible as undoing an overcooked roast. It is too late. It’s ruined. All you can do is throw it in the trash.
Yes, if it's a Democrat, they'll say they're a "budget hawk," but it'll be in name only. They'll talk about "reducing the budget deficit" -- which is not the same thing as reducing the overall debt, but they'll call for more spending, making only "responsible investments" in education, infrastructure, and healthcare (which will be on life support by then.)
If by some miracle we have a Republican President, they'll talk a mean game...they may even support "principles" of the Ryan Plan, or some other debt reduction plan. But they'll probably have a Democrat Congress, who will twist the chief executive's arm. The President will vow to veto any budget that's "one penny more" than some arbitrary number. So instead of spending 6 trillion a year, they'll reach a deal that spends only 5 trillion.
Right now yes budget hawk. Come election time they will both be falling all over each other to give things away... buy votes. time and time again proven to work, and the consultants only live in the past.
It may be decades before we have real, honest elections again. After all, it took Russia 70 years to shake off their soviet yoke (not that they are a model of freedom yet).
Our party is dying by its own cowardice.
If Marco Rubio’s Immigration Reform becomes law, the only way he'll become president is by switching parties.
Clinton was pretty good on the budget. Better than any Republican in recent memory. I don’t see why a Democrat couldn’t be good on the budget.
Our next president will bring back US jobs.
That is my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Now what party he will be from remains to be seen, as both currently seem to be working for China.
But I am just saying. Bring back US jobs.
Documentation File on the harmful impact of the Counterculture of Obamanation on America.
Barry Soetoro, aka B. Hussein Obama, 5 days before the end of GWBs Presidential term, said: We are five days away from FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
Going on 5 years now, the best friends that Obama could have had to help him achieve his above stated dastardly goal were the RINO leadership in the US House and Senate, AND THEY ARE STILL IN POWER!
IMHO, the Counterculture of Obamanation will continue to destroy America for as long as the US Congressional RINOs allow it to, and not one minute more!