Here's another incredible statement from President Obama to Bill O'Reilly of Fox News during that pre-Super Bowl interview:
?????? Say what, Mr. President ??????
Um, we have record numbers of people on food stamps. Disability claims have skyrocketed. We have unprecedented levels of unemployment benefits. We have nearly half the nation dependent on the government in one way or another, and Obama has instituted the largest expansion of the welfare state since Medicare was created 50 years ago. That program is called the Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare. Even if you attribute much of the increase in government benefits to the recession and it's aftermath...there's still Obamacare, with it's subsidies (welfare) for millions and millions of people. The welfare state HAS massively expanded on Obama's watch, and Obama himself HAS massively expanded the welfare state. No objective analyzer of the facts could claim otherwise. Obama has also handed out corporate welfare by the truckload (GM, Chrysler, numerous clean energy projects, etc). His stimulus program greatly increased welfare. The Obama administration even runs ads telling people to get on welfare.
If Obama promotes anything with his domestic policy, he promotes the welfare state. I'd have a lot more respect for the man if he'd just admit it. Instead, as he does so often, he tries to pass off the exact opposite of the truth as the truth, and he hopes we won't notice. Then he pretends the real truth is some kind of crazy Fox News conspiracy theory (which convinces lots of progressives right there. You say "Fox News" to them, and their knees jerk so hard it's a wonder they don't dislocate something). Progressives asides, Obama is insulting the intelligence of the American public.
President Obama is far from alone in promoting the welfare state. Scores of other progressive Democrats, or Dole-ocrats, as I like to call them, are doing the same. They even measure the worth of a government program by whether it hands out freebies to people or not. They support Obamacare despite it's many flaws and false promises because it hands out welfare to a whole lot of people. The progressive "fix" to our mountain of unfunded entitlement liabilities is to take the money from the so-called "rich" and hand it over to others. The Dole-ocrats think Republicans are evil because most Republicans DON'T believe in the ever expanding welfare state. When Republicans talk about free market solutions, the Dole-ocrats views it as some kind of conspiracy of the rich to make everyone poor, presumably led by the Koch Brothers.
Disclaimer - not all Democrats are Dole-ocrats, but the ones currently in power are.
It's odd how much this country has changed over the years. When I was young, it was a badge of shame to be on the dole. It was to be avoided at all costs, but now, the Dole-ocrats pat themselves on the back for getting as many people as possible on the dole.
If you don't believe me, consider this - when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that Obamacare "creates a disincentive for people to work", which would result in the loss of the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs in reduced work hours, the Republicans viewed that as a bad thing, which sounds pretty logical considering that our workforce participation rate is at a 35-year low, our unemployment rate is high, our economic growth is weak, etc., etc. Getting people back to work is what we should be trying to accomplish. It would fix a myriad of our economic woes.
But the Dole-ocrats tried to spin the Obamacare work disincentives as a PLUS, believe it or not. Here's Obama's Press Secretary, Jay Carney:
"Over the longer run, CBO finds that because of this law, individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods, like retiring on time rather than working into their elderly years or choosing to spend more time with their families. At the beginning of this year, we noted that as part of this new day in health care, Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams".
The President's spokesman actually said it was a good thing that Americans not be "trapped in a job", just to, you know, provide for their families. Ay, carumba. They have turned the work ethic on it's ear. That's all this country needs, more disincentives to work and a BIGGER welfare state. If I didn't know better, I'd think the Dole-ocrats were planning the destruction of this country, because you get the country you incentivize. Fewer people working means lower economic growth, less wealth, less government revenue, and MORE poor people, not less. This will only exacerbate our existing government funding and entitlement problems. Because I'm not in favor of national economic suicide, I can't go along with these Dole-ocrats.
Here's another Dole-ocrat, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), trying to spin the CBO's Obamacare job losses into a plus:
"People might be able to cook dinner rather than having to order out and get some take home. The fact is that if Americans have more choices to open up the business they’ve been wanting to start, this is a good thing. If you look at comparisons, country by country, Americans work way more than the average industrialized countries around the world. And we may want to work at our work life balance and this gives us something...What about Germany? What about Denmark? What about… The fact is we need a better work-life balance. Ask a working mother if she could use a few more hours in a day.".
There's that old American can-do spirit from Rep. Ellison - work less, like they do in Europe. And never mind that the European Union's per capita GDP is nearly 50% less than ours. Guess what happens to our country when our GPD falls to European levels ? Hint - nothing good. Like Ellison says, you might be able to cook dinner at home, you just won't have much food. You might be able to think about opening up that business, but you won't have the money to do it, nor have many customers if you do.
Yet, the Dole-ocrats think they are the good guys. I beg to differ.
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