How the Republicans can lose by underestimating their strength.
I know they don’t know it yet. But the Democrat party is in a death spiral similar to the last days of the wooly mammoth during the Ice Age. Forget about 1994 and 1980. There is no precedent for what is coming.
The Democrats have two fundamental problems. One is the party leadership in Washington is all left-wing extremists like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Henry Waxman, John Conyers, Howard Dean, and Charlie Rangel. A couple of these folks have nice personalities. They represent the views of about 7 to 10 percent of the American people. The average American has more in common with the average South Korean than with these extremists.
The second problem is gross policy failure. Conservatives have to recognize that the failures of the extremist policies Washington Democrats are now madly adopting become obvious only over the longer term, all the more so when the policies are phased in years into the future. But when the failures appear, they will produce ugly results cascading downward geometrically, with everything getting worse and worse faster and faster. By next year, the disasters will not be here yet, but enough Americans will see what’s coming to produce the first political earthquake.
Eventually, the Democrats will panic and turn on Barack Obama. But that will not save them.
Fools Rush In
Last week, the EPA declared carbon dioxide a pollutant to be severely regulated under the Clean Air Act, even though CO2 is a naturally occurring substance in the atmosphere essential for the survival of life on the planet. Animals, including humans, breathe CO2 out, and plants must take in CO2 to grow. While CO2 in the atmosphere has increased during the industrial revolution, it is still at a very low level on an historical scale of thousands and millions of years.
The EPA and the ideologically rigid Barack Obama insist that CO2 emissions cause global warming. But the best science has now proven this doctrine false. Again, the definitive explanation of the falsity, indeed, even foolishness, of the theory of man-caused global warming is the 880 page treatise Climate Change Reconsidered published by the Heartland Institute. The scientists associated with Heartland and the Science and Environmental Policy Project (www.sepp.org) are as first rate as any on the planet (look it up), including those at the U.N., which seeks to use the issue to create global governing powers for itself.
There is no actual evidence of significant man-caused global warming. Global atmospheric temperatures are down over the last 11 years, and the decline is accelerating and likely to continue for another 10-20 years, at least. The temperature patterns for the entire 20th century did not follow CO2 emissions up, but fluctuated up and down consistent with ocean current temperature trends, and solar activity. In other words, natural causes. The case for global warming is entirely based on computer models made up by biased UN scientists, which have failed to predict temperature trends accurately.
But President Obama’s EPA is rushing ahead with regulatory burdens not needing legislative approval that will raise energy costs on the U.S. economy by $2 trillion. It will mean higher costs for electricity, gasoline, coal, natural gas, home heating oil, and everything that is made and transported using energy. This will hit the U.S. economy while temperatures continue to decline.
A huge political problem for Democrats is that their rhetoric has been so contrary to the reality they are now imposing. President Obama keeps saying that his brave new world powered by windmills and floating on sunbeams will create a booming economy spawned by high paying green jobs. But high cost energy is not a foundation for job creation or an economic boom. Obama’s fantasy was already tried by the socialists in Spain, and they lost many more jobs on net than the “green jobs” created, which turned out to be mostly temporary construction jobs building mostly useless, massive, concrete windmills, good primarily for killing birds.
The same problem of rhetoric v. reality can be found on health care. President Obama and Congressional Democrats have convinced themselves that they can finance their new entitlement in part by slashing Medicare, while denying they are making any Medicare cuts. Wait till seniors with Medicare Advantage plans find those plans going out of business because Obama’s rigid leftist ideology opposes any private alternative to Medicare, contrary to the promise that if you like your plan you can keep it.
While President Obama and Congressional Democrats promise their health overhaul schemes will reduce costs, the regulation imposed will cause health insurance premiums to soar. They and their literal media clowns continue to laugh off any notion that the health overhaul involves government rationing. But, once again, here are the death panels with power to ration and deny your care in Obamacare: the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness, the Health Choices Administration, the Health Benefits Advisory Committee, the Bureau of Health Information, the Institute of Medicine, the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, the National Priorities for Performance Improvement Office, the Center for Quality Improvement, the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, and the Independent Medicare Advisory Council. Last week, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) added an amendment to the Baucus bill making sure the Secretary of HHS has the power to define what is quality, cost-effective care for each medical condition, and to penalize doctors who don’t follow the brilliant medical insights of the health bureaucracy.
Congressional Democrats gleefully joined President Obama in passing a so-called stimulus bill with almost $1 trillion in wasteful giveaways, with the promise that it would stop unemployment from rising over 8%. Today, of course, unemployment is 9.8% and rising, levels not seen since Reagan buried the Democrats’ Keynesian economics with his 25-year, free-market, supply-side boom. In the current misery of Obamanomics, when you count the underemployment of those stuck in part-time work who can’t find full-time jobs, and those who have given up looking for work, the real unemployment rate is 17%.
The stimulus foolishness combined with President Obama’s Democrat-passed budget produced the record shattering deficits and federal debt that is scaring even the Communist Chinese, not to mention the American people. Don’t doubt that we are going into some natural cyclical recovery for the next few months with some growth. But unemployment will remain high and even rising, while any real growth will be accompanied by rising interest rates and even inflation. Expect another downturn in 2011, with the long-term return of 1970s stagflation, the natural result of President Obama’s 1970s style economic policies. We know how well those worked politically for Jimmy Carter and his Congressional Democrats.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online