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Obama’s America

March 24th, 2010 by Myrhaf · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

The reality of what it means to live in an America fundamentally transformed by leftist fools has not even begun to sink in, and we get this from Rep. Dingell:

Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.

Doubtless the closest statist to you will explain that Dingell did not mean “contol the people” in a bad way. His intentions are good. He just wants to help. And to help 300 million people, well, you can’t just let them run around doing what they want. Control. It’s good for you. Bend over and take it.

Then we read this remarkable statement from Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union and a member of Barack Obama’s deficit commission:

We now have a new metric. The president says he wants to judge the new economy whether it increases the number of people in the middle class. Whether we have shared prosperity, not just growth. Which is a fundamental different philosophy then what we’ve seen in this country to date. Now how do we distribute wealth in this country … clearly government has a major opportunity to distribute wealth – from the EITC, from tax policies, from minimum wages, from living wages – the government has a role in distributing wealth and social benefits. We are at historic crossroads … in terms of what our new president is trying to do and a different way we are going to try and evaluate the economy. And so all of sudden we are witnessing the first new American economic plan led by the government, not necessarily by the private sector.

Boortz goes on to inform us,

The SEIU (Andy Stern’s unions) is promoting a plan to centralize all retirement plans in the United States. The plan is called “the Retirement USA Initiative” and it would create one government pension plan for all American workers.

There are trillions of dollars in retirement funds currently controlled by individual Americans. It’s the kind of set up we used to take for granted back when America was a free country. This will no longer be tolerated in Barack Obama’s America. We will reorganize this system, and put government in charge of all retirement funds. It’s only fair, right? Besides, individuals pursuing their own self-interest leads to instability.

Once government confiscates your 401k, guess what will happen? The money will instantly be spent, and your retirement plan will become an IOU note held by same people in Washington, D.C. who say there ain’t no rules, we just make ’em up as we go along.

You think they can’t do this? We’ve just seen they can do pretty much whatever they want. As Obama said, “I won.”

Liberty loses.

10 Comments so far ↓

  • L-C

    It has often been the case that the futures of some have been available for reading in the history books of others. The present is not an exception. Look to my very own Sweden for a free peek at the crystal ball.

    I think it might be difficult for Americans to imagine just how deeply entrenched a longtime welfare state can be. Just remember that in the long run, it never settles for part-ownership.

    Democracy is a useful tool for the welfare state. From it is derived a sense of legitimacy, whose abscence always marred the names of more aggressive dictatorships. Some of the latter came and went swiftly, their carnage being as short as it was messy.

    The current fascio-socialist states may not be so blunt as to kill millions of their people in a few, short years, but they are built to last and will accomplish the same, only orders of magnitude more.

    All with the consent of the (majority of) governed. Very neat.

  • madmax

    L-C,

    Why do you thing that so many Leftists point to Sweden as ideal? If you tell a Leftist, as I have, that socialism or welfare-statism are evil and lead to ruin they always point to Sweden and Scandinavia and tell me that they have a higher living standard and better lifestyles there than us.

    In you opinion, is there any truth to this? Why is Sweden so enamored of the Left?

  • madmax

    L-C,

    Leftists are in thrall to Sweden. It is their model for what America should become. Could you tell us if Sweden really does have this incredible high living standard combined with a “community conscience” that Leftists always claim. I have had Leftists tell me that Sweden is better that America in all ways. What is the deal with Sweden and Leftists?

  • L-C

    Sweden’s system is grossly dysfunctional, but there are a few buffers (unrelated to socialism) that have kept it afloat so far. Among the more notable are: a population of less than 10M, spread over a relatively large area with abundant natural resources.

    Needless to say, it also rides piggyback on America and the rest of Europe, technologically and culturally. But there were also immense profits made during WW2 when most countries didn’t, by virtue of its “neutrality” and the sale of steel to the Nazi German war industry and the transport of their troops by train.

    Socialism might not be so kind to the US, the country largely responsible for it not crushing other countries to begin with.

    All that said, salaries in Sweden are much lower for qualified jobs, and taxes are obviously higher. There’s a noteworthy abscence of that “wealthy middle class” of selfmade success one can find in the US. Other than the truly rich, most people make between that of a store clerk, and about twice as much (doctor). I could go into this, and cultural differences, at some length.

  • madmax

    L-C,

    Thanks for the info.

    You speak of cultural differences. I’m curious as to what those are. As I understand it, Sweden was up until recent times an all white country. There are those on the Right that make an interesting argument that small all-white countries can better deal with socialism and minimize its harms in the short term, whereas multi-racialism makes socialism more destructive. I think this may be true especially when it comes to crime. Racial egalitarianism and white guilt are the MAJOR factors outside of altruism pushing America towards socialism.

    A small population of 10 million people also helps to minimize the damage. But I think what these Leftists miss is that Sweden and all these semi-socialist countries are Potemkin villages of a sort. Its the fact that America was so productive that allowed for this illusion that socialism works. Once America is crippled, the rest of the world will suffer. Of course Leftists are not capable of understanding this. If they were, they wouldn’t be Leftists.

  • L-C

    There seems to be a problem with the comments section getting delayed updates. In any case:

    The coffers are shrinking for sure. Unemployment is up, and unrelenting taxation coupled with low salaries serve to prevent any buildup of capital for the majority of people.

    10-15 years ago, immigration from Middle-Eastern countries and Turkey started rising. Today I am more likely to hear spoken Arabic when I go outside. The south, notably the city of Malmö, is already being taken over by muslims.

    Sweden is the perfect victim for welfare immigration and muslim expansion. Egalitarianism and multiculturalism are pervasive.

    As for domestic culture, Sweden feels more like a commune with certain property rights than a nation. The state is everywhere. Virtually everyone goes through the same government education system. Every political party is thoroughly Marxist, some more honestly so than others.

    Not that there aren’t good people and good businesses. But I’d say the quintessentially Swedish qualities are jealousy, hatred of the successful, an entitlement mentality, nihilism as sense of life, postmodernism in art and the sacrifice of innocent people for the benefit of violent criminals.

    I am currently reading “The New Totalitarians” by Roland Huntford. It deals with Sweden’s history in becoming “…one of the most truly
    Marxist countries in existence.”

  • madmax

    L-C,

    You are depressing the hell out of me. But I am thankful for the information. It seems like Sweden has internalized the three civilizational killers: altruism, egalitarianism, collectivism. Such a society could not survive if there didn’t exist better societies elsewhere to bail it out. Also, it seems that most of this occurred before Sweden opened its gates and let the North African’s in. So the race issue doesn’t seem to be significant. It sounds as if Sweden was hellbent on killing itself whatever its racial composition.

    Well, if its any consolation, some of the most beautiful women I have ever see have been Swedish / Scandinavian. Something to do with Viking ancestors…

  • Mike

    L-C,

    Thanks for writing about this. I never really knew much about Sweden other than the pittance that is taught in grammar school and, well, IKEA. 🙂 It is illuminating to hear your first-hand perspective.

  • Patrick Henry

    “…We hold these truths to be self-evident:
    – that all men are created equal,
    – that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,
    – that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
    – That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
    – That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security…”

    Had enough yet?

    Soap Box
    Ballot Box
    Jury Box
    Cartridge Box

    Which of the 4 do you believe has **ANY** chance of fixing this sick mess?

    What are you going to do about it?

    See my link (above) for some REAL food for thought…

  • madmax

    The cartridge box has no chance of fixing anything now. Any armed rebellion against the US government at this point would result in a dictatorship in which non-Leftist ideas are banned. Our only hope is if better ideas spread quickly enough to forestall disaster. Its probably a long shot but we just don’t know.