Deadlock of Democracy
(The American Conservative blog) -- by Patrick J. Buchanan --
Barack Obama’s dream of being a transformational president who alters the course of his country died 48 hours ago.
The message America sent Obama and the men and women America sent to Congress to replace his allies impel one to ask: Why would he want a second term?
Why would the most liberal president since FDR wish to preside over the major surgery on the social safety net that must be done in the era of austerity we have entered? The liberal hour is over. Why would the Party of Government not prefer that Republicans do the painful work of paring back programs for which Democrats have fought since the New Deal?
The media have begun a drumbeat to demand that the new speaker, John Boehner, compromise with Obama for the good of the country.
Are these people delusional?
Republicans were brought to power because they were the Party of No. Boehner takes the gavel from Nancy Pelosi because he led the fight to kill the Obama stimulus, Obamacare, card check, amnesty, cap-and-trade and Barney Frank’s financial reform.
Boehner’s beliefs are closer to the Tea Party than to Obama. He owes his speakership to the Tea Party. His political interests dictate allying with the Tea Party and moving even further away from Obama.
Why would Boehner lead his caucus into a suicide pact with Obama when, in Boehner’s eyes, the national interest and his own interests point in the other direction?
The left has yet to grasp that the nation has repudiated it as well as Obama. America has shifted to the right, which again raises the question of Obama’s relevance. Why would our most liberal president since FDR want to lead the nation into an age of austerity?
Here is retiring GOP Sen. Judd Gregg, the fiscal conservative that Barack Obama most wanted in his Cabinet.
“This nation is on a course where if we don’t … get … fiscal policy (under control), we’re Greece. We’re a banana republic.”
“(T)he Tea Party is in the mainstream of where political thought is right now,” said Gregg. “We’ve had a radical explosion in the size of government in the last two years: You’ve gone from 20 percent of GDP to 24 percent of GDP headed toward 28 percent of GDP. That has to be brought under control or … we’re going to bankrupt the country.”
Conservatives, Republicans, Tea Partiers all agree with Gregg.
But how does Obama, whose deficits have added more to the debt in two years than Bush added in eight, convert and become a deficit hawk?...
Will Democrats go along with that magnitude of cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment benefits, earned income tax credits, infrastructure, Pell grants and welfare?
Will Republicans go along with cuts of that size for the Iraq and Afghan wars, new weapons systems, closing of bases and withdrawal of troops from Korea, Japan or Europe? To get 4 percent of GDP out of defense would require putting the Pentagon on furlough.
Bottom line: The new Republican House has the numbers and will to block new taxes and fund both wars and the rising defense budget. And the president has the veto power to block severe cuts in social programs, which his bloodied forces will demand that he do.
Were this a parliamentary system, Obama would be out of power, as the nation voted to reject his party and reverse the course of the country...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
The delusional Left advocates expensive and destructive social-engineering domestically; the delusional Right advocates expensive and destructive social-engineering abroad. Both have swallowed the kool-aid, and are totally out of touch with the reality that is staring the American people in the face. Both will flog their respective dying horses until the American people drop of exhaustion and the economy collapses.
The tea party movement should immediately start planning to leverage its caucus into a splinter third party that can draw from both the disaffected Left and the disaffected Right, and that can additionally tap into the disaffected Christian majority that has been so disrespected and ill-served by these neocon/neolib globalization fanatics and their ideological captives in the liberal-capitalist, Left-Right Establishment.
The corrupt Political Class is doing everything it can to throw the American people off of the scent of their collective treachery, but thanks to the Internet, the truth is emerging bit by bit, and will eventually turn into a deluge. The tea party should position itself to reap the political benefits and hit the ground running.
Western civilization is under economic seige. In America, we have overwhelming debt in BOTH the public and private sectors. Many Europeans are largely in the same position. And it's all the result of Keynesian economics, which is one vast scam engineered by the soulless "elites" to enrich themselves and plunder the rest of us, not unlike Marxist and Communist economics -- all under the guise of advocacy and “public interest.”
The slight difference between Europe and America is that here, the Corporatist half of the Statist-Corporatist monolith has slightly more power. But make no mistake, they are all part of the same larger Keynesian scam that is pursuing the transfer of wealth from average citizens to the vast, monopolistic, public-private partnership in fraud and swindle. Therefore, monopolistic Big Government and monopolistic Big Business (the predatory banksters and their Fed partners, for example) all have to be trust-busted alike -- and busted hard, because the big stick is all the Parasite Class is capable of understanding.