Liberals Always Call for Bipartisanship when they Lose Elections
When Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats won in the 2006 midterm elections, it was the end of conservatism. They said so. When Obama won in 2008, he advised those across the aisle that elections have consequences (see The roots of Obama’s demise by Marc A. Thiessen posted 10/25/2010 on The Washington Post).
The decline of the Obama presidency can be traced to a meeting at the White House just three days after the inauguration, when the new president gathered congressional leaders of both parties to discuss his proposed economic stimulus. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor gave President Obama a list of modest proposals for the bill. Obama said he would consider the GOP ideas, but told the assembled Republicans that “elections have consequences” and “I won.” Backed by the largest congressional majorities in decades, the president was not terribly interested in giving ground to his vanquished adversaries.
When the far left lies and tricks voters to elect them, they confuse that for a mandate. When the truth of their policies comes out, though, they lose subsequent elections. Then demand that Republicans work with them. For the best interests of the American people. Unlike Nancy Pelosi. Or President Obama.
When liberal Democrats have the majority in Congress, bipartisanship means that Republicans should accept being the Democrats’ bitch. When they’re out of power, it means something completely different. That Republicans shouldn’t govern like Democrats. Governing roughshod all over the opposition party. Why? “Because,” they say. Pouting. (They really don’t have anything better. They just HATE not having power.)
It was Always about Growing Government, not Improving the Economy
And as the new year begins, President Obama is giving us a Bill Clinton wag of the finger (figuratively), telling us to play nice. Which is what bullies typically do when they lost their power to bully (see Obama: Dems, GOP must cooperate in new year by Julie Pace, Associated Press, posted 1/1/2011 on Yahoo! News).
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said Saturday that lawmakers must return to Washington next week prepared to make serious decisions about how to grow the economy in the short run and stay competitive in the future.
“I’m willing to work with anyone of either party who’s got a good idea and the commitment to see it through,” Obama said. “And we should all expect you to hold us accountable for our progress or our failure to deliver.”
Not quite the ‘thanks but no thanks’ he told the Republicans 3 days after his inauguration. And all that talk about jobs being job one? And that laser like focus on jobs? It was all bull [deleted expletive]. Unemployment went up after his stimulus plan to keep unemployment under 8%. It’s still flirting with 10% some 2 years later. But the size of government spending exploded. Which is what the Left wants. It’s what they always want. So they got what they wanted. The only problem is that some of their supporters believed they were trying to improve the economy.
The Public Sector’s Message to the Taxpayers: Let Them Eat Cake
The liberal left comprises approximately 20% of the population. That’s why it’s hard for them to win elections. Especially after they’ve exploded government spending following an election win. And that spending is bankrupting the country. Our states. And our cities.
A big chunk of that spending goes to support the public sector. Public sector unions have made public sector jobs very cushy. No one in the private sector comes close to their wage and benefit packages. And no one in the private sector enjoys job security like they have in the public sector. Until now. In Wisconsin, the Republicans are in power. And the public sector is getting nervous (see Wisconsin State Workers Fret, as G.O.P. Takes Over by Monica Davey posted 1/1/2011 on The New York Times)
But it’s just not in Wisconsin. Public sector unions are nervous wherever Republicans have ascended to power. Because they worry that the good times may come to an end. And they may have to live like the rest of us. Some are even predicting that we may see a little European rioting here in the United States (see Topic A: What will be 2011′s biggest political surprise? by Ed Rogers posted 1/2/2011 on The Washington Post).
The biggest political surprise in 2011 may come in the form of the shock produced by public-sector labor strikes and demonstrations that could stray into civil disorder as state and local governments cut budgets. Government workers could be laid off by the thousands, and millions of the beneficiaries of government-supplied salaries, pensions and benefits could see reductions in pay and program allowances they have been told to expect.
The same kind of protests that have rocked Paris, London and Rome could erupt in California, New York and Illinois.
When European Socialism cuts back on pensions, college tuition assistance, health care, etc., the beneficiaries of European Socialism burn cities. And this anarchy may be coming to a city near you.
The schism between the governed and those governing could become greater than ever as the government tries to protect itself for its own sake and not for the public good. The millions of Americans who have lost jobs or face increasing economic uncertainty resent the relative posterity and security that government now provides for itself. President Obama will say he is for more “stimulus,” but even the money-making printing presses in Washington are at their limits.
It’s a master-slave mentality. The masters are the public sector. The slaves are the taxpayers. And the masters have lost touch with reality. They laugh at the poor suffering masses struggling to pay their taxes. When advised of the taxpayer’s plight what do they say? “Let them eat cake.” (A reference to what Marie Antoinette reportedly said during the French Revolution. While the upper classes had food, the lower classes were to be satisfied with oven scrapings.)
Pennsylvania Liquor Stores a Microcosm of Public Sectors Everywhere
Of course, the poor, suffering taxpayers would probably not be in such a foul mood if it wasn’t for the value they were getting for those high taxes. That public sector sucks. As any enterprise without competition does. Why give a damn about what you’re doing if you’re the only caterer in town?
In Pennsylvania, you can only buy wine and liquor in a government store. And the service stinks to high heaven. The good people of Pennsylvania want to privatize their booze. But the public sector union oppose privatization (see A Push to Privatize Pennsylvania Liquor Stores by Julie Pace, Associated Press, posted 12/31/2010 on The New York Times).
Like prisoners in the gulag, consumers here can only fantasize about buying their wine and liquor in a competitive free market. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has run the liquor stores for eight decades, a relic of the post-Prohibition era, when government thought controlling the sale of alcohol would limit consumption.
The legislature has consistently dismissed talk of privatizing the system, mainly because of opposition from the union representing the store workers and from groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and conservative teetotalers, all influential in the state.
And what’s the recourse for an angry people?
“This is insane!” said Bill Conrad, 68, a retired electrical engineer. “People are going to New York and Jersey” to buy alcohol.
And there it is. Competition makes everything better. Should you be lucky enough to live close to the state border. Where I live, I can go to most any party store, some drugstores, even some supermarkets. And you know what? I can go to anyone and buy whatever I want whenever I want. Private stores have competition so they have an incentive to keep their shelves stocked. And their doors open for customers.
If you want to get an idea about how Obamacare will be, you can look at the liquor stores in Pennsylvania. That’s what happens when the governments tries to run anything.
The Taxpayers Message to the Public Sector Employees: Get a Job
The Democrats took a shellacking at the 2010 midterm elections. The people have rejected their Big Government liberal agenda. And they know it. So they’re now trying to shame the Republicans into working with them to keep their Big Government dreams alive. It’s either that or they have to figure out a way to get rid of those pesky elections.
But the public sector is bankrupting the country. And the people paying the taxes to support that public sector are saying enough is enough. They don’t like making sacrifices in their own life so others in government can live a better life. Especially when they have to settle for such rotten service from the public sector they’re paying more and more to fund.
Their message to these pampered public sector employees? The same parents have been telling their kids for ages. Get a job.
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