Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Detroit: The Moral Of The Story

by Kevin D. Williamson - June 8th, 2012 - National Review

The Left’s answer to the deficit: raise taxes to protect spending. The Left’s answer to the weak economy: raise taxes to enable new spending. The Left’s answer to the looming sovereign-debt crisis: raise taxes to pay off old spending. For the Left, every deficit is a revenue-side problem, not a spending-side problem, and the solution to every economic problem is more spending, necessitating more taxes. The problem with that way of looking at things is called Detroit, which looks to be running out of money in about one week. Detroit is what liberalism’s end-game looks like.

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There is something truly bizarre about a parasitic entity that cannot refrain from killing its host. The left and unions have each reached this bizarre attitude.

That is the reality of unions and liberals in America today. They have become so focused on gouging as much as they can from the organizations they see as their enemy, the business or governments they work for, they have become blinded to the consequence of their success destroying the organization that gives them a job. More money. More benefits. Greater security. This simplistic focus has allowed them to replace any responsible concern for the limits of their demands with a belief that rage at the limits is a reasonable response.

This has become the attitude of liberals with regard to the enemy they see providing "entitlements" as well. That enemy is society - which owes them more money, more benefits and greater security. Ever more money. Ever more benefits. Ever more security. That is their only focus. Any suggestion of limits are met with rage. They do not want to hear about limits. They do not want to believe there are limits.

Greed and envy have convinced them that until their lives are as pampered as the very rich, they are being cheated. It is the reason they see business owners, and even society itself, as their enemies when anyone dares tell them there are limits. They respond to this suggestion with rage and riots. There are NO LIMITS.

The lesson of the Tea Party movement? Many people understand that this reality is collapsing a great nation. There are limits. Liberals do not want to hear this. Instead of believing the Tea Party movement has recognized there is a serious problem with reality, the liberals simply rage at the people who accept this reality. They are hated and denigrated and cursed. When you believe you are moral and your enemy is evil, it is impossible to concede anything.


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