Three days later, a writer extrapolates, meditates, and self-medicates.
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Democrats take note: someone buying their groceries on the party dime isn’t going to tug on anyone’s heartstrings. And in the age of the Internet, these frauds will be discovered, and quickly.
Democrats do think outside the
Yes, the convention speeches were typical fare. But offstage the Democratic grass-roots were ablaze with new ideas. For example, Peter Schiff got at least a dozen delegates to endorse a total ban on corporate profits. One thinker goes even farther: “Maybe we should just have corporate losses.” Here, at last, is an economic doctrine to replace the yellowing books of John Maynard Keynes. If you’ve ever walked into a Walgreens and thought, “This place would be great if it were more like Solyndra,” the Democrats have a party for you.
Some Democrats are trying to prolong the
That might seem like an explosive charge. But I’m only going on the words of Massachusetts Governor and drapery aficionado Deval Patrick. From his convention speech: “All that today’s Republicans are saying is that if we just shrink government, cut taxes, crush unions and wait, all will be well. Never mind that those are the very policies that got us into recession to begin with!”
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley cut at least 5,500 state jobs since taking office and his 2013 budget cuts Medicaid spending and shifts pension costs to the counties. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer wrote an op-ed last year bragging about his state’s spending cuts and “penny pinching.” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s 2011-2012 budget lopped off $570 million, including cuts to education and state parks. And of course, Deval Patrick himself supported a bill that stripped public-employee unions of most of their collective bargaining power over health care, a move that led some unions to compare him to Dark Lord Scott Walker.
Now some people would argue that these Democrats were dealing with the reality of out-of-control state budgets and intractable unions. But those people are racists. All the aforementioned governors were speakers at the convention, and yet they’re all “shrink[ing] government” and “crush[ing] unions” back home. The only logical conclusion is that they’re intentionally prolonging the recession because they hate the president.
Martin O’Malley is overrated.
Maryland’s chipper governor is often touted as the Democrats’ next presidential candidate. Unlike many of the other up-and-comers, O’Malley is young, charismatic, visible, and holds an elected office higher than mayor. But his speech at the convention was joyless and underwhelming, especially compared to the barnburners given by Deval Patrick or even John Kerry. O’Malley’s political persona is boyish but also a bit slimy; the Keebler elf who descends from the tree to sell you a car with a rolled-back odometer. And he has a thin record; his greatest economic achievement is increasing exports of his own people to Virginia. Democrats have a shallow bench, but they’d be wise to pass on the Maryland governor.
Democrats have lost the plot on higher
“[T]he president’s student loan is more important than ever. … You need to tell every voter where you live about this. It lowers the cost of federal student loans,” declared Bill Clinton. And then it was off to the races on education. Some speakers, instead of delivering speeches, just shouted “Pell Grants!” over and over.
The government created Sallie Mae, Fannie Mae’s tweed-clad evil cousin, in 1972 to loosen up banks on college loans. As Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan point out, between 1976 and 2010, commodity prices rose 280%. Private education prices skyrocketed 1,000%. Obama shoveled even deeper by federalizing most of the student loan industry. So now we have a $1 trillion higher education bubble owned wholly by the United States government. It’s the housing crash all over again, and the convention speakers had no clue.
There is no debt crisis.
Of all the gaping holes in Charlotte, this was the widest and the darkest. Speaker after speaker gave us starry-eyed, Americana visions of safety nets, well-funded schools, bailed-out manufacturing companies, and green jobs. No one ever asked how we’re supposed to pay the bill. Bill Clinton did mention the president’s pathetic budget — “Now I think this plan is way better than Governor Romney’s plan!” — which cuts spending by $2.5 trillion over ten years during a time when cumulative spending will rise $47 trillion.
No one thought the Democrats would hang a massive debt clock from the ceiling like the Republicans did in Tampa. But even with expectations low, the convention’s debt denial was astonishing. America faces the largest fiscal challenge in its history and a major political party’s response is to bury their heads in the sand and murmur about infrastructure and Pell Grants.
And thus (with the Jameson having worn off) we have to end on a serious note. A lot of breath was expended at the DNC appealing to young people, my generation, the Millennials — the same lamentable group about to inherit more than $200 trillion in total unpaid debts. No self-respecting young person can vote for a party that stubbornly, categorically refuses to acknowledge the coming tidal wave.
But, of course, many of them will. They always do.
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