Only eight months ago we were talking about the threat of budget sequestration – a dramatic showdown between congressional Republicans and Democrats, including newly re-elected Barack Obama. I mentioned then how the sequestration battle reminded me of the confrontation in 1995 between the new Republican congressional majority, led by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and a weakened mid-term President Bill Clinton.
We know how that stalemate ended. Republicans lost and the “Gingrich revolution” died an ignominious death.
Today, House Republicans are insisting that Obamacare be defunded. They sent the Senate an appropriations bill funding everything except Obamacare. The Senate, with a determined President Obama in the wings, has refused to accept the House proposal. If the Obama presidency is about anything, it is about complete and unfettered socialized medicine. Come hell or high taxes, the Obama legacy will be a single-payer medical care system. He and his Democrat ideologues will never relinquish the great progressive cause of the new millennium.
We knew what would happen before it even started – House and Senate Republicans will fold like lawn chairs. Libya doesn’t matter. Syria doesn’t matter. The NSA doesn’t matter. Nothing will save the Republicans in this standoff.
Perhaps the worst aspect of Big Government is how everything is politicized. Every government service is deemed essential. More people receive government benefits than don’t – especially when a government benefit includes everything from a road to a study about the mating habits of bonobo chimps.
I recently received emails from the progressive MoveOn.org soliciting money to fight against the Tea Party pulling the strings of House Republicans. Here are parts of these emails:
We can’t stop the Tea Party from trying to push America’s economy off a cliff, but we can make sure they pay a steep political price like they did in 1995 so that they finally stop this nonsense. … The shutdown – while terrible for America – is a big opportunity to go on offense and send the Tea Party into permanent decline. … We’ve got a lot of work to do to make sure they pay a steep political price and back down.
I guess it doesn’t matter to anyone that the Tea Party didn’t even exist in 1995 or that they’re not really a powerhouse today, let alone guiding House Republicans, but I guess all is fair in love, war and politics.
Every generation of Americans since our founding has struggled with the temptations of power inside Big Government. But this great nation has tipped – we are a socialist state with little hope of easy redemption. The Millennials are the last nail in the coffin. The children of Baby Boomers are so spoiled, born into so much prosperity, that not only do they not know anything about frugality and personal sacrifice, they have no clue what limited government even looks like – except in the only way spoiled kids could ever possibly see, and approve of, limitations on government (i.e., making sure government stays out of their bedrooms, bars, and online brothels).
As the most recent voice of Big Government, Millennials often talk about what’s “inevitable.” They just mean their own selfishness is inevitable. And this is why we have little hope for fiscal and moral recovery for the near future – as long as spoiled children determine elections, the results always will be the same. In this case, Obamacare 1, Freedom 0.
For Sutherland Institute, I’m Paul Mero. Thanks for listening.
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