Has Obama and the left won?
It may not the election we are talking about but has Obama and the far left won? Is America finished?
It could be. The left is close to achieving a major goal and that goal would mean it would be impossible for conservatives to ever undo the damage.
What is it?
From the Wall Street Journal:
49.1%: Percent of the population that lives in a household where at least one member received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2011.
Cutting government spending is no easy task, and it’s made more complicated by recent Census Bureau data showing that nearly half of the people in the U.S. live in a household that receives at least one government benefit, and many likely received more than one.
The 49.1% of the population in a household that gets benefits is up from 30% in the early 1980s and 44.4% as recently as the third quarter of 2008.
The increase in recent years is likely due in large part to the lingering effects of the recession. As of early 2011, 15% of people lived in a household that received food stamps, 26% had someone enrolled in Medicaid and 2% had a member receiving unemployment benefits. Families doubling up to save money or pool expenses also is likely leading to more multigenerational households. But even without the effects of the recession, there would be a larger reliance on government.
The Census data show that 16% of the population lives in a household where at least one member receives Social Security and 15% receive or live with someone who gets Medicare. There is likely a lot of overlap, since Social Security and Medicare tend to go hand in hand, but those percentages also are likely to increase as the Baby Boom generation ages.
Once we get over 50% of the population drawing government benefits, it will be almost impossible to roll them back. This is the goal of the left.
We have seen the end results in Europe. In Europe, the size of government transfers in either excessive government wages and pensions or in welfare benefits have expanded to where they consume the entire budget. As they welfare state consumes the budget, political leaders pander to the welfare constituencies and the public employee unions, taxes are raised and raised until the economy cannot sustain them any longer.
As the economy craters, decisive action is needed. Unfortunately at that point, the beneficiaries of government transfers vote in politicians who will not vote for the politicians who could solve the problem.
What is the result?
This is what the left wants. They want to destroy the American economic system just as they are destroying the economies, governments and societies of Europe.
We have precious little time left.
If we do not elect courageous leaders this time, who are willing to make the cuts in spending and government programs, the scales will tip and America will be lost.
Does anyone question why we must vote Obama out of office.
Judson, time isn't on our side this trip - we can't assume that taking both houses will solve our ailments. We must remove Holder, Boehner, Cantor, Napolitano and others before Nov. 2012. Waiting until November 2012 is indicative of the ailment we the people have had for many moons - it's called complacency and denial. We've waited too long to assume that taking both Houses will resolve the problems -- we must freeze spending, insists on a balanced budget and deny Obama access to our credit card.
I agree, Marcia. How do we begin doing so? What is the first step to accomplish it?