Skip to comments.Obama preaches for faith in government as his poll numbers sink
Posted on 12/04/2013 1:08:48 PM PST by markomalley
Economic inequality and poverty have grown for the last few decades. The solution? Even more federal spending, more federal regulations, more poor immigrants and more progressive government, President Barack Obama told supporters on Wednesday.
Thats our generations task, to rebuild Americas economic and civic foundation to continue the expansion of opportunity for this generation and the next generation, said Obama, whose poll ratings have fallen under 40 percent, amid low growth, high unemployment, growing public distrust and increasing worry about his Obamacare overhaul.
Obamas presentation sounded unchanged from 2008, and he didnt acknowledge that he and his allies have controlled the agenda in Washington since 2006. Nor did he recognize any of the conservatives well-publicized policy and civic recommendations.
Obama reiterated his support for a federal minimum wage, for federal preschool, for Obamacare and many other progressive priorities.
Its well past the time to raise a minimum wage Im going to keep pushing until we get a higher minimum wage for hardworking Americans across the entire country, he told an audience hosted by the liberal Center for American Progress.
Obama also consistently downplayed the role of individuals, intact families, Christian churches, civic groups and companies that want govern themselves independently of a progressive-run government in Washington, D.C.
For example, Obama sidelined the role of families in child development, while boosting the role for government-funded professionals. The idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or healthcare or a community that views her future as their own that should offend all of us, he said.
Obama rhetorically drafted individuals, families and civic groups to work for progressives. Turning back rising inequality and expanding opportunity requires parents taking responsibility for their kids requires religious leaders who mobilize their congregations to rebuild neighborhoods block by block, requires civic organizations that can help train the unemployed, link them with businesses for the jobs of the future [and] it requires companies and CEOs to set an example by providing decent wages and salaries and benefits for their workers, he said.
He even press-ganged the pope into his cause. Some of you may have seen just last week, the pope himself spoke about [poverty] at eloquent length. How could it be, he wrote, that its not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? said Obama, who has repeatedly sided with progressives against the Catholic Church in disputes over religious freedom. (RELATED: Obamacare contraception mandate takes effect)
Obama did not mention that federal spending on schools, neighborhood revitalization and job training have dramatically increased over the last few decades, that federal regulation and income inequality has sharply grown since his 2009 inauguration and that the nation has accepted roughly 1 million immigrants per year for more than a decade.
Obama professed his faith in more government amid news reports that his takeover of the nations healthcare sector is crashing, and unemployment remains so high that roughly 20 million working-age people dont have jobs.
He repeatedly complained about declining public trust and shrinking social cohesion, even though many studies show those problems are worsened by progressives determination to increase social diversity via greater immigration of Chechens and Somalis, low-skill Latinos, high-performing Asians and self-segregating Muslims.
Were going to need immigration reform that grows the economy and takes people out of the shadows, said Obama, who has backed a bill passed by the Senate in June, which would triple legal immigration to 30 million during the next decade.
The U.S. has had a policy of high immigration for the last few decades, so it is not clear why another increase in immigration will improve life for Americans.
For example, roughly 1.3 million fewer native-born Americans have jobs in mid-2013 than had jobs in 2000, even though their working-age population has grown by 16.4 million, according to a July analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies. In contrast, 5.3 million new immigrants have won jobs since 2000, while the nations working-age immigrant population has grown by 8.8 million, said the report.
Obama also complained that rising inequality help wealthy Americans to sway government in their favor.
But Obamas effort to boost immigration is largely being funded by a series of wealthy foundations and billionaires, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsofts founder Bill Gates.
Throughout the speech, he suggested that GOP legislators and conservative activists oppose any role for government in society.
We need to set aside the belief that government cannot do anything about reducing inequality, he said. Its not enough anymore to just say we should get our government out of the way and let the unfettered market take care of it.
If Republicans have concrete plans that will actually reduce inequality, build the middle class, provide moral ladders of opportunity to the poor, lets hear them, said Obama, who ignored the myriad studies, proposals and bills developed by conservatives as alternatives to his policies.
The Statists keep trying to make Americans forget that this nation was founded for Liberty — not “equality.”
When he says have faith in government he really means have faith in Dear Leader Obama.
Obama is in “Epic Fail” mode with many of his former supporters.
2008? How 'bout 1917? He's recycling old Lenin speeches.
A religious faith in government is far crazier than a religious faith in God.
My faith is in Jesus Christ.
What I hold for you, Ohole, is seething contempt.
“Worship me! Please, worship me like you did in 2008!”
I have faith in those with intelligence and morals.
Which means I have NO, NADA, ZERO faith in a bunch of ivy league grads who couldn’t build a crystal radio.
Remember folks, real companies would not hire any of these idiots.
And idiots they are.
The following pursues the idea of equality in a republic, as published in The Founders' Constitution.
Nathaniel Chipman, Sketches of the Principles of Government 177--82
Volume 1, Chapter 15, Document 51
Of the Nature of Equality in Republics.
Some of the most eminent writers on government, have supposed an equality of property, as well as of rights to be necessary in a republic. They have, therefore, prescribed limits to individual acquisition. The Reason given is, that riches give power to those who possess them, and that those who possess power, will always abuse it to the oppression of others. If this be a good reason for limiting the acquisition of riches, there is equal reason for limiting the improvement of bodily strength and mental abilities. Such a step would be an abridgement of the primary rights of man, and counteract almost all the laws of his nature. It would, perhaps, could it be reduced to practice, place the whole human race in a state of fearless quietude; but it would be a state of tasteless enjoyment, of stupid inactivity, not to be envied by the lowest tribes of the animal creation.
If such be the principles of a republican government, it is a government out of nature. Those have made a wiser choice, who have submitted to the less tyrannical principles of absolute monarchy. These are not the principles of a republic. They are the principles of anarchy, and of popular tyranny.
We have just now enquired into the nature of equality among men, and have seen in what it consists; a free and equal enjoyment of the primary rights, which are, the intellectual rights, and the right which men have of using their powers and faculties, under certain reciprocal modifications, for their own convenience and happiness. The equality necessary in a republic, requires nothing more, than this equality of primary rights. I shall here instance in the right of acquisition only, as being sufficient for my present purpose.
To the security of this right, certain regulations, as to the modes and conditions of enjoying the secondary rights, or in other words, of holding property, are necessary. Not, indeed, as to the quantity, but the freedom of acquisition, use, and disposal. To give to any individual, or class of men, a monopoly, an exclusive right of acquisition in those things, which nature has made the subjects of property, to perpetuate, and render them unalienable in their hands, is an exclusion of the rights of others. It is a violation of the equal rights of man. Of this nature are all exclusive privileges; all perpetuities of riches and honor, and all the pretended rights of primogeniture. Inequality of property, in the possession of individuals, is not directly, nor by inevitable consequence, subversive of genuine liberty. Those laws are, indeed, subversive of liberty, which, by establishing perpetuities, deprive the owner of a right of disposal, and others, so far as they extend, of the right of acquisition; which annex privileges to property, and by making it a qualification in government, create a powerful aristocracy.
Riches are the fruit of industry. Honor the fruit of merit. Both ought, as to their continuance, and the influence which attends them, to be left to the conduct of the possessor. If a man, who, by industry and economy, has acquired riches, become indolent, or profligate, let him sink into poverty. Let those who are still industrious and economical, succeed to his enjoyments, as to their just reward. If a man, who, by noble and virtuous actions, has acquired honor, the esteem of mankind, will behave infamously, let him sink into contempt. To exclude the meritorious from riches and honors, and to perpetuate either to the undeserving, are equally injurious to the rights of man in society. In both it is to counteract the laws of nature, which have, by the connection of cause and effect, annexed the proper rewards and punishments to the actions of men. Wealth, or at least, a competency, is the reward, provided by the laws of nature, for prudent industry; want, the punishment of idleness and profligacy.
If we make equality of property necessary in a society, we must employ force, against both the industrious and the indolent. On the one hand, the industrious must be restrained, from every exertion, which may exceed the power, or inclination of common capacities; on the other hand, the indolent must be forcibly stimulated to common exertions. This would be acting the fable of Procrustes, who, by stretching, or lopping to his iron bedstead, would reduce every man to his own standard length.
If this method should be deemed ineligible, the only alternative will be, either by open violence, or the secret fraud of the law, to turn a certain portion of the well-earned acquisitions of the vigilant and industrious, to the use of the indolent and neglectful.
Let us not, in a Republic, attempt the extreme of equality: It verges on the extreme of tyranny. Guarantee to every man, the full enjoyment of his natural rights. Banish all exclusive privileges; all perpetuities of riches and honors. Leave free the acquisition and disposal of property to supply the occasions of the owner, and to answer all claims of right, both of the society, and of individuals. To give a stimulus to industry, to provide solace and assistance, in the last helpless stages of life, and a reward for the attentions of humanity, confirm to the owner the power of directing, who shall succeed to his right of property after his death; but let it be without any limitation, or restraint upon the future use, or disposal. Divert not the consequences of actions, as to the individual actors, from their proper course. Let no preference be given to any one in government, but what his conduct can secure, from the sentiments of his fellow citizens. Of property, left to the disposal of the law, let a descent from parents to children, in equal portions, be held a sacred principle of the constitution. Secure but these, and every thing will flow in the channel intended by nature. The operation of the equal laws of nature, tend to exclude, or correct every dangerous excess.
Thus industry will be excited; arts will flourish, and virtuous conduct meet its just reward, the esteem and confidence of mankind. Am I deceived? or are these the true principles of equality in a democratic republic? Principles, which will secure its prosperity, and, if any thing in this stage of existence can be durable, its perpetual duration.
The Founders' Constitution
Volume 1, Chapter 15, Document 51
The University of Chicago Press
As a socialist, he’s happy to send us down the same path that the USSR took. They couldn’t keep up with our growth and spending b/c of their centrally-planned controlled economy.
Now Barry, a socialist (New Party Ill state senator), knows that if you have a centrally controlled state economy, by regulation, laws, and/or direct control, you can tank the economy and growth, and keep spending, and you’re going to get the same thing that happened to the USSR - collapse.
I hate it when they say that. Having any amount of “faith” in government is foolish.
So are a lot of things that low-information people do anyway.
It really exposes the massive depths of his hubris that he would call for more faith in Government in the midst of one of the biggest Government Epic Fails EVER!
“In the name of Government, The Inexorable, The Irresistible ”
If collectivism fails, keep doubling it until it works.
When it comes to faith in government, I’m an atheist.
The American people have stood four square for “more government” for everything since at least March 4, 1933 and probably since March 4, 1913. They will always believe in government even when they, like Anne Frank, are led to the slaughter.