Wednesday, November 7, 2012

More Free Crap

Mitt Romney was no ones first choice to take on Obama, but he was on top at the end of the primary season and for the most part ran a solid campaign, he ran on the American classic theme of "Hard Work". But Obama ran on the much more fun "More Free Crap". It's hard for people to pass up free crap, now we know how hard. In the long run Romney was right in his 47% comment. Obama was right as well, in his '98 speech. This election was proof that the smooth talking, faux compassion, and free crap will sway the masses. More free crap is ultimately socialism and we know "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money"- Margaret Thatcher. Obama has been on a spending spree, he's run the national debt up over $16 trillion and now looks for the largest tax increases in American history to keep his spree going.

One of the biggest flubs (or so the media says) in Romney's campaign was his 47% comment. What he said was; "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," He went on. "There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." Now the term "victims" insulted people. But it wasn't wrong, these people are victims of Obama's agenda, but I'll get to that in a minute. These people aren't feeling the effects of being on the bottom. Back in the day when you were poor, you felt it. You ate cheap food, if you ate. You felt the burn of having to pull out those food stamps (they were once actually like stamps) and rip at them while everyone else looked at you. You watched a small broken tv, if had one. Your clothes had holes and your shoes were worn thin. But today at the bottom you eat whatever you want, from steak to shrimp, you buy soda and cookies. Your food stamps are pre-loaded on a slick credit card that you swipe and go without the stigma. There's a flat screen tv in the living room, and a couple others throughout the house. Your clothes look like everyone else's, they don't know you got them at Marshall's. Now we even have Obamaphones. The hard times just aren't hard anymore. So why give up more free crap. Romney's great America though commitment, sacrifice and hard work sounds so... hard.

If you don't like the thought of using the poor as political pawns, Obama was the wrong choice. In 1998 at Loyola  Obama said he viewed welfare recipients and “the working poor” as “a majority coalition” that could be mobilized to help advance progressive policies and elect their champions. So by his thought, he would need a "majority" of people in the welfare rolls to manipulate them into voting the way he wants. That is exactly what he did. He pummeled the middles class, shrinking it, sending more and more into his "majority coalition".  Don't forget the number of people applying for welfare every month is equal to or more than the number of jobs created. Mitt was right, but that won't change the need for more free crap.

I used the Thatcher quote above about OPM (other people's money), and that will be the failing of this experiment in socialism over the long run. It's what caused the Soviet Union to fall and what shifted China into this quasi-capitalist/socialist mash up. You can only rely on OPM for so long, the wealthy in this country will only give so much before they leave. The countries lending us money will only continue to do so for a few more credit downgrades before we are not worth investing in. More free crap is the sham, cause as we all know nothing is free! Someone is paying. Obamacare in not free healthcare, foodstamps are not free food, mandated birth control and abortions are not free. We can't keep inflating the stock market with printed money. Want proof? Click that link and watch how fast those dollars tick away, that has to be paid. Maybe not in the next 4 year when it is likely to jump up to $22trillion, but by our kids, grand kids and many generations after them. We are piling them down decades before they are born.

With the fiscal cliff fast approaching with unprecedented tax increases along with massive cuts to defense and medicare spending, we are responsible for keeping Obama in office. Now we will have to pay the price, and I promise when the free is gone all we'll have left is more crap. 

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