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At The Mercy of Progressives

America has been here before. But can it pull back before it is too late?

In 2008 Americans went to the polls to vote for a president. They thought they were electing a new leader with new plans for America. What they got, instead, was a liar. Barack Hussein Obama is a liar from the jump. He is as charismatic as a snake oil salesman but the potion he is pedaling is more dangerous than any snake oil salesman ever pushed.

He promised change but no one dared to ask, “Change TO what?” Americans who voted for the liar were all so convinced that anything was better than George W. Bush – except John McCain – that Obama was ushered into the White House without so much as proof of his Constitutional legitimacy to hold the office. Americans were so gorged on the lies being fed to them by Barack Obama that they didn’t bother to ask the most important question of all: “Obama is promising change, but change TO what?” The worst part is during the campaign, he told all of us exactly what he was planning to do. He called it “fundamental change”. He told Joe the Plumber to his face that he wanted to redistribute the wealth. It was right there.

But Obama, like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, is sly and cunning. He intermixed his intentions with stories of how great things were going to be if only he were elected president. He lied to the people to get them to vote for him (nothing new here, ALL politicians lie to get elected), but among his most blatant were: “Debates over healthcare reform would be bi-partisan.” This was a lie. House and Senate Democrats bowed to Obama and rammed a poorly-written partisan bill through never once consulting with House and Senate Republicans. When Republicans objected, they were instantly branded as “the party of NO” because they didn’t just roll over and go along with it. Obama promised that debates over health care would be broadcast on CSPAN. Another lie. This never happened and despite repeated requests from the general manager of CSPAN Obama had no intention of ever letting that happen. So much for another lie about greater transparency. The whole health care fiasco was done in smoke-filled, back rooms out of the public eye so that no one knew exactly what was going on. Never mind Nancy Pelosi’s statement, “We have to pass the health care bill to find out what is in it.” In other words, no one on Capitol Hill bothered to read the bill. Obama said there would be no lobbyists in his administration. This was another lie. Almost immediately, he appointed William Lynn to be deputy Secretary of Defense. Lynn previously worked as a lobbyist for Raytheon – the largest defense contractor in America.

Then there was the apology tour. Obama flew all over the world bowing to foreign leaders, subjugating himself to them and disgracing the office of the President of the United States and apologizing to world leaders saying that America was arrogant. The only person in America more arrogant than Barack Obama or his wife would be Doprah Whinefrey. He thinks he can turn water into wine and that he walks on water. Hope he doesn’t get his hair wet when he tries to prove that one.

His arrogance is sending America straight to hell. He thinks the worst of the recession of 2008 is over. He said only recently, “The worst of the storm is behind us.” News flash, Doofus, this is just the eye of the hurricane. There’s a whole other round headed right for us and it’s called health care reform and cap and trade. Both of these are going to send the federal deficit through the roof and they are going to send America so far into debt that not even the fifth generation after the current one can pay it off.

But this is all so typical of a “progressive”. Liberal, progressive, socialist, Marxist, communist – these are all different labels of the same mindset. The mindset of bloated government, high taxes, government entitlements and wealth redistribution. It all comes down to one simple truth: Obama HATES America and he is doing everything he can to make sure that America exists only in the history books.

Currently, 70% of America gets more money through government hand-outs than are paid in to the treasury. Additionally, the federal government spends more money than it makes every year and has no intention of stopping. Recently Congressman Tom Perriollo said, “If you don’t tie our hands, we will continue to steal from you.”

WHAT?!? A Democrat Congressman actually admitting they plan to steal from Americans? That’s as rich as the time Maxine Waters threatened the oil industry with government takeover of their companies.

Sadly, what Tom Perriollo said is absolutely true. Progressive liberals will steal everything they can and then tell you that they’re redistributing the wealth. It’s a lie. Especially since the top 10% of Americans pay almost 75% of the money collected in taxes year after year. But lying liberals whine that it is not enough. They want more. They want the rich to pay more in taxes. They whine and cry that a rich man whose 35% tax rate that generates $248,000 to the treasury is somehow unequal to the middle class worker whose 10% tax rate only generates $1,207. Talk about unfair. It’s surprising that the rich man isn’t the one howling about paying 25% more of his income than the stupid schmuck! But somehow, progressive liberals refuse to accept this. As the old saying goes, liberals have their minds made up…don’t confuse them with facts.

Fortunately for America, the country has been here before and the country got out of this problem the last time. The question remains, can it be done again? It can, but here is what was done the first time this happened. America was on the verge of a colossal financial disaster. The top income tax rate stood at a staggering 77%, the stock market was on the verge of losing one half of its value, unemployment stood at 11.7% and the federal government was printing money and injecting it into the economy in the hopes of stimulating spending. The only thing that grew was inflation. Money was cheap, but no one had the means of paying back loans, so they weren’t being taken. The salvation of this whole mess was not what you think it was. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Yeah, he’s talking about what happened under that damned Republican Herbert Hoover and that the salvation was FDR and the New Deal.”

And you’d be wrong.

The year of 77% taxes, 11.7% unemployment, a teetering stock market and inflation was 1920. Woodrow Wilson was president and he was the most progressive liberal president America had elected to that date. The one point not mentioned earlier was that soldiers were coming home from what was then called The Great War to find they could not get jobs.

In 1920, Warren G. Harding was elected president, he cut taxes for all income levels, stopped printing money, cut the federal budget in half, refused to give bailouts or stimulus packages, Social Security and Medicare weren’t around and the national DEBT (the amount of money the USA actually owed to other countries and private citizens) was cut by ONE THIRD! Do you hear this? By cutting taxes for EVERYBODY AND cutting government spending, President Harding reduced the amount of money owed by America by ONE THIRD! Eighteen months after Harding took office, America was on the rebound. Harding died after only two years in office but his vice-president Calvin Coolidge continued Harding’s programs and America was living in the Roaring Twenties. Coolidge once delivered a speech in which he said, “I want the people of America to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom.” That freedom wouldn’t last much longer.

In 1928 Herbert Hoover became president and even though he was a Republican, he was a progressive (not unlike George W. Bush, only Hoover was worse). Hoover began reversing much of Harding & Coolidge’s plans and in 1929, the economy plunged into The Great Depression. Hoover began programs of bloating the government, increasing spending and raising taxes. In 1932, FDR began to blame the economy on Hoover and he stepped in to the White House in 1933 and further bloated the government, increasing spending, pushing out stimulus packages, taking over banks, regulating the hell out of everyone and dumping money into the economy. America spent the next 10 years in a depression and the only way out was World War II – but even that came at a price. Deficit spending went up, printing money went up, the debt went up and taxes went up – all in the name of trying to give Americans a New Deal. That new deal was progressive liberal socialism following in the footsteps of Woodrow Wilson.

And FDR’s New Deal is the same blueprint being followed by Barack Obama. Can America survive? On its current path, the answer is absolutely not.



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5 comments on At The Mercy of Progressives

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By JJFCPA on April 15, 2010 at 09:41 am

I am not an Obama supporter in the sense that while I hope that he succeeds in areas like the economy and foreign policy issues, I am against much of what he has done so far. You make some good points.

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By Amo on April 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

D.C., Excellent article, you’re a student of history! It was called the “Silent Depression”, because few if any historians ever refer to it.

You’re correct Woodrow Wilson, perhaps one of the most progressive presidents in our history, almost brought us to the brink of bankruptcy , and of course your correct about the “New Deal” under FDR, he actually prolonged the depression, thus the name “The Great Depression”.

The revisionists will always try to rewrite history, all one needs to do is take a look at our American History Books, the ones that are in our classrooms today, to get a sense of the revision of historical events. Our Founders are now depicted as “enlightened”, as opposed to men of actual “faith” or “spirituality”.

And yet their “words” are etched I stone, for all to see

John Adams:
“ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
• “[July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
–John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress

Thomas Jefferson

“I have examined all religions, as well as my narrow sphere, my straightened means, and my busy life, would allow; and the result is that the Bible is the best Book in the world. It contains more philosophy than all the libraries I have seen." December 25, 1813 letter to

Samuel Adams:

“ He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all… Our forefathers opened the Bible to all.” [ "American Independence," August 1, 1776. Speech delivered at the State House in Philadelphia]

John Quincy Adams:
• “Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]?" “Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity"?

--1837, at the age of 69, when he delivered a Fourth of July speech at Newburyport, Massachusetts

Benjamin Franklin:
“ God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel” –Constitutional Convention of 1787 | original manuscript of this speech

Obviously, I can quote the Founders all day; they were men who believed in divine intervention, and yet ask the average 6th grader about them, and they don’t have clue, because our school system as become politically correct, at the expense of historical facts…astounding!

Again, excellent article!

Amo

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By PATRICK PETION on April 15, 2010 at 01:28 pm

Great history, the only way we can trully progress is by remember our history and know our mistake. so we will never repeat them. only free people can prosper and create wealth. the government can't create wealth.

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By PATRICK PETION on April 15, 2010 at 09:48 pm

to create wealth you need to be able to produce . if come to you every day, that will make me a consumer not a producer. the government job is to assure our freedom and protect our liberty and security, so it acceptable to pay taxes for our protection. we can agree Dean our taxes should go to the army and defense department to assure our freedom. only free people can prosper and produce valuable and marketable item.

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By Amo on April 16, 2010 at 08:38 am

Dean, you know it is possible to look at a body of work in its totality, without getting sidetracked in descriptive jargon. The content of the article and the historical facts are what I focused on, and not in the colorful descriptions of Obama.

However, I will grant you this, (and perhaps it’s a generational thing with me) and you do make a valid point. I personally would not use disparaging references in describing anyone or at least I’d try not too.

However, as stated I was more impressed with D.E.’s excellent analogy, and historical accuracy of how the progressive movement came so close to destroying the American economy, and of the 1920 depression which is never referenced my economists, and D.E.’s tie in to what we’re currently facing within this administration…it was again, an excellent analogy.

Obviously, depending on ones points-of –view we can debate one economist’s theory over another. However the one indisputable fact is that America is a divided nation today. And the leadership that came into Washington to “bring us all together” has failed…and no matter how you color it, or try to dress it up, this administration has lost a lot of “good will” and political capital among a sizeable portion of the people.

As for taxation, no one ever suggested that the government shouldn’t raise and collect taxes for maintaining the infrastructure of a civil society, and provide a safety net for its citizens. The debate is in the degree and fairness of those taxes, and the imposition of those taxes.

There’s a balance between increasing revenues and taxation, and it’s been proven time and again that increasing taxation on business actually reduces total government revenues.

Amo

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