Posted on | April 14, 2011 | 2 Comments
There were about five references to sharing in the speech, as I read it on the WSJ. The whole sharing concept, and the generally surreal approach to governance evidenced by the administration, brings to mind none other than Pepper, by the Butthole Surfers:
Marky got with Sharon
And Sharon got Sharice
She was sharing Sharon’s outlook
On the topic of disease
The chorus evokes the hopped-up-on-something tone of the speech, emphasis mine:
I don’t mind the sun sometimes
The images it shows
I can taste you on my lips
And smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary
And softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look
Through other people’s eyes
Let us address what I think is the crux of the speech, emphasis mine:
One vision has been championed by Republicans in the House of Representatives and embraced by several of their party’s presidential candidates. It’s a plan that aims to reduce our deficit by $4 trillion over the next ten years, and one that addresses the challenge of Medicare and Medicaid in the years after that.
Those are both worthy goals for us to achieve. But the way this plan achieves those goals would lead to a fundamentally different America than the one we’ve known throughout most of our history.
Classic Lefty speak. The last century is not ‘most’ of our history. Close to half, which, in Lefty land, where all measures are morally equivalent, is good enough. But we have steered this course for many decades. The question for 2012 is whether we muster enough political will to reject the Left overture before these Progressive idiots take us to the point of no return.
What we desperately need to do is elect the anti-Wilson. Somebody who can summarize the actual history of how a small cadre of possibly well-intentioned people put a bit of left rudder on the ship of state, and set the conditions for the current calamity. Those initial conditions set by Wilson were built upon by the likes of FDR and LBJ. The disaster is now in full bloom, and no amount of sunshine up the backside is going to change it.
We can pussyfoot around for a little while longer with centrist approaches that try to maintain the Euro-style welfare state the President erroneously recalls having existed through most or our history.
However, that centrist course with the rudder amidships still has us headed straight for the shoals.
What we need to do is go down the enumerated powers of Article I, Section 8 and kick all of the Amendment X violations (entitlements) back to the states, and load-shed the rest of the scope creep entirely.
The Progressive State of America is dead, and must get around to confessing its demise.
Anticipating the criticism that the states can’t fund entitlements ‘due’ their citizens, I totally agree. But this begs the question: then how does the federal government do so, exactly? The purpose of returning programs to their proper level of administration is to expose them to reality.
Senator DeMint is harshly critical:
“The President made it absolutely clear today that Democrats will cling bitterly to deficit spending until our nation is bankrupt. After offering an unserious budget just a few months ago, the President offered new platitudes but the same old policies. He’s still pushing for trillion dollar tax increases that would destroy jobs and cripple our economy. He still wants to add trillions in new spending to our $14 trillion mountain of debt without a credible plan to ever balance the budget. This failed tax & spend Democrat agenda stands in stark contrast to the serious and detailed plans that Republicans have offered to save entitlement programs before they go bankrupt, cut wasteful Washington spending, and reform our tax code so our economy can grow and create jobs. The President admitted we have a spending problem, but his solution is always the same: spend more, tax more, borrow more. Americans have rejected this failed Democrat spending agenda, and Republicans will continue to lead the way back to American prosperity.”
“Every Senate Republican supports a balanced budget amendment that would end our dependence on foreign borrowing by lowering spending, not raising taxes. I will join with Republican colleagues to demand passage of the balanced budget amendment before a vote to raise our debt ceiling. The balanced budget amendment is the only way to force President Obama and Democrats to stop the rhetoric and get serious about tackling our out of control spending and debt.”