The Peasant Plan

posted at 10:50 am on July 31, 2009 by Mitch Berg

John Edwards, in a line that may well top off his political epitaph one day, famously said that there are “Two Americas”.  He was referring to the literal and metaphorical gulf between America’s “Haves” and “Have Nots”.  He didn’t note that there are also two Indias, two Philippines, two Frances and two Argentinas, but Edwards has never been one to let eternal truths of the human condition get in the way of a sound bite.

Conservatives accept these gulfs, recognizing that talent, innate applied intelligence, hard work and just-plain-luck and the lack of them will put people in one America or the other.  At the same time, most see a moral obligation to cut down the hurdles and obstacles between the two – especially the exits from “Have Not” America.

The left, on the other hand, has always sought to make life in “Have Not” America at least superficially less onerous, all the while making “Have” America a refreshing oasis for those who spend their days dwelling on the plight of the “Have Nots”.    Their rationale isn’t much different from the one that royalty accepted in years past; the responsibilities of taking care of ones’ inferiors justified life’s little luxuries, and the big ones as well.  In big ways (the USSR’s kommissars shopped at special stores and lived in special housing while the proles waited in line for bread and crammed entire families into studio apartments) and little (count the number of anti-Second-Amendment celebs who’ve used their connections to get themselves and/or their bodyguards concealed carry permits), the left constantly squirrels away perks for their fellow “haves”.

Since the bloom is finally coming off Obama’s electoral rose, it’s time to catalog the Administration’s, and the Democrats’, attempts to make “Have” America a nicer place for those who take care of all of us peasants.
Heathcare

  • The Peasant Plan:  The Obama Administration is trying, inexorably, to force “the American street” into a “public” (read: socialized) healthcare system.
  • The “Haves” Plan:  Congress and their union benefactors are making sure it (and its benefactors) are exempt from Obamacare.  Expect the rest of the elites to follow suit.

Education

  • The Peasant Plan:  The Obama Administration wasted no time in cutting DC’s wildly-successful school voucher plan.  And Obama’s Democrat allies around the nation are busy trying to roll back charter schools, open enrollment laws, voucher plans and school choice in general, in particular in the communities that need them most, the inner cities and the various Indian reservations; while these plans are often wildly successful, they sap jobs from the teachers’ union – and that’s much more important than educating the children.  To be fair, it is a jobs stimulus plan – for public school teachers.  Not to mention all the people who’ll have to deal with the failure of our public school system. And India and China.
  • The “Haves” Plan:  Being “Haves”, they send their kids to private schools (or, for the lesser “haves”, to public schools in areas with fewer of the social problems caused by three generations of using the inner city as a warehouse for other “have nots”.

Vices and Sin

  • The Peasant Plan: The Administration promises to tax tobacco to help pay for Obamacare.  OK – Obama, a smoker, might eat this one, but cigarettes are usually the opiate of the declasse masses.
  • The “Haves” Plan: I’ve heard nothing about taxes on plastic surgery or trips to Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Food

Obesity

  • The Peasant Plan:  Soda pop – the cheap opiate caffeinate of the masses – is in line for punitive taxes.
  • The “Haves” Plan:  Starbucks – home of the fat-bomb froux-froux coffee beverages that fuel the Administration’s kids’ all-night policy-mongering sessions – goes forth blissfully untaxed.  Live and latte live, I guess.

Transportation

  • The Peasant Plan:  “Clunkers” – affordable used cars – are actively harassed off the road via “Cap and Trade” energy taxes, implemented to attempt to force people off the roads and into cramped, perpetually-late or broken-down public transit systems.
  • The “Haves” Plan:  Hybrid vehicles – which are presently hideously expensive to buy, and moreso to maintain, and are thus the province of the well-off - are subsidized.

Self-Defense

  • The “Haves” Plan:  The “haves”, being haves, live where crime is relatively low.
  • The Peasant Plan:  The “have nots” will, in Obama’s perfect world, have no access to firearms to defend themselves.  It’ll work as well as it does in DC and Obama’s home, Chicago, where gang violence makes the Windy City more dangerous than Baghdad these days.

Energy

  • The Peasant Plan:  “Cap and Trade” should make all forms of heating and cooking subject to federal legislation, and make owning a home north of Nebraska more expensive than penthouses in the Eighties in Manhattan.

Housing

  • The Peasant Plan:  Obama’s proposed National Building Code will make attempting to buy, renovate or live in older, “affordable” houses prohibitively expensive for middle-class families.   Indeed, “building codes” serve little practical purpose other than to restrict the supply and affordability of housing.
  • The “Haves” Plan:  No word on whether John Edwards and Al Gore’s carbon-belching mansions will be covered by the National Building Code.

It’s good to be king, isn’t it?

Cross posted at  Shot In The Dark.

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Help! Help! I’m being repressed!!!

Scott P on July 31, 2009 at 10:51 AM

I think that old Wizard of Id cartoon with the caption, “The peasants are revolting” would be apt.

Wethal on July 31, 2009 at 10:52 AM

OK, now I’m convinced. There’s a connection between this blog and the healthcare lobbyists. *haha

AnninCA on July 31, 2009 at 10:53 AM

John Edwards, in a line that may well top off his political epitaph one day, famously said that there are “Two Americas.”

One America made up of adulterers, and another America made of of people who remain faithful to their spouses, even when they contract cancer.

Akzed on July 31, 2009 at 10:56 AM

The day that there’s only one America, the left will be out of business.

EnglishMike on July 31, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Good stuff to print and hand out :):)

ohiobabe on July 31, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Two Americas

one that cheats on it’s wife

one that doesn’t

blatantblue on July 31, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Shut up and eat your (cup)cake!

CurtZHP on July 31, 2009 at 10:59 AM

I think that old Wizard of Id cartoon with the caption, “The peasants are revolting” would be apt.

Wethal on July 31, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Wasn’t the reply to that statement…”They certainly are.”

sdd on July 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

I am so tired of liberals

it’s all about control and delegation
you want to go control and delegate?

Go start a small business

But no
they are lazy
too lazy

easier to become a politician than to be a successful businessperson

blatantblue on July 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Good stuff to print and hand out :):)

Not to speak for Michelle and Ed, but I think that’s a swell idea!

Mitch_Berg on July 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Yep, LET THEM EAT C-U-P-C-A-K-E-S

stenwin77 on July 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM

GREAT post!

Akzed on July 31, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Sometimes I think it’d be better if we just made a clean break. Let the marxist/socialist libs have their own section of the US to mess up, let the us have our section that we don’t have to deal with the BS that the libs keep throwing us.

Tuari on July 31, 2009 at 11:04 AM

For so badly wanting a “fair” and “classless” society, the Left sure seems to do all they can to make things unfair, based on what class you come from.

Typical leftists, when faced with any “problem,” their answer is the destruction of something. When people need jobs, instead of letting companies build up and hire more workers, they tax them into destruction, so they can give out goodies. When the environment is so-called threatened, instead of letting businesses and entrepenuers design and market alternatives, they destroy the markets by forcing alternatives. When faced with a non-exisistent crisis in healthcare, instead of building on the success that 85% of the population enjoys, they want to destroy the whole damn thing. And when faced with pregnancy, instead of building a family and a loving home for childred, they destroy that life.

Typical.

JamesLee on July 31, 2009 at 11:07 AM

No one should suffer from the great delusion that any form of communism or socialism which promotes the dictatorship of the few instead of the initiative of the millions can produce a happier or more prosperous society.

Charles E. Wilson

VibrioCocci on July 31, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Wasn’t the reply to that statement…”They certainly are.”

sdd on July 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Yes, someone told the king the peasants were revolting, and that’s how he responded.

Wethal on July 31, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Excellent post, Mitch_Berg!

“nice work if you can get it”

I think that old Wizard of Id cartoon with the caption, “The peasants are revolting” would be apt.

Wethal on July 31, 2009 at 10:52 AM

LOL!

maverick muse on July 31, 2009 at 11:14 AM

There is enough red meat in this post to feed all the Sep 12th marchers. Keep it coming. We’ve room for dessert.

Limerick on July 31, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Yes, with just a little more of your money, your freedom and your choices, the government will MAKE YOU WEALTHY and make you a HAVE!

The cry of the statist Democrat for generations.

Democrats have been in control of the legislature (aka, setting policy) for 40+ of the last 55 or so years. And yet, poverty persists. The “two Americas” persists. Racism persists. Most of the richest members of Congress are Democrats.

It’s all the fault of “the haves,” we’re told (that is, the “haves who haven’t groveled at the sacrificial alter of collectivism”).

Therefore, one America must be “sacrificed” for “the good” of the other.

Nobody that’s down has to lift themselves up, ever, for any reason. Those who lifted themselves up (and others, by extension) have to be brought down. That will (somehow) bring others up.

Wonderful, consistent, bulletproof philosophy, isn’t it?

Good Lt on July 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Hurrreee…Hurrreee…Hurrreee…
Step right up and see a wonderful little plan…
THE PEOPLE’S PLAN…
It’s a plan like no other….
A plan for the people….
A must have………or else…..

CynicalOptimist on July 31, 2009 at 11:16 AM

What bugs me about the idea of socialized medicine the most is that this is likely the high point of medical science.

When the money goes out of innovation and drug research what is the incentive for progress? That’s cynical I know but those researchers were at least somewhat motivated by profit, as we all are.

Is this the apex of human medicine? Sad thought. The longer we stall off the communists the more time we buy for better science.

petunia on July 31, 2009 at 11:16 AM

There is enough red meat in this post to feed all the Sep 12th marchers. Keep it coming. We’ve room for dessert.

Limerick on July 31, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Cupcake for dessert?

ladyingray on July 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Great post.

Not to sound all mommy, but conservatives (both haves and have nots) should stick together and not buy into this “elite” vs. “redneck” war (or whatever you want to call it) that seems to be going on here lately. I know we have differences, and I’ve been sucked into it myself a time or two, but sticking to our conservative principles should be what we focus on.

/cheesy rant off

thevastlane on July 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

I’ve always found it interesting that the people who come up with and want to implement these plans don’t actually want to use them. If they were so great, wouldn’t the politicians be the first ones in line?

Tommy_G on July 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Sometimes I think it’d be better if we just made a clean break. Let the marxist/socialist libs have their own section of the US to mess up, let the us have our section that we don’t have to deal with the BS that the libs keep throwing us.

Tuari on July 31, 2009 at 11:04 AM

that’s what the ‘states’ were supposed to be as originally setup in the constitution. unfortunately they’ve become neutuered extensions of the federal govn’t.

gatorboy on July 31, 2009 at 11:18 AM

gatorboy on July 31, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Amen, brother. New York can paint their house any color they want, just don’t tell this Texan I have to stick to earth tones.

Limerick on July 31, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Ha! How about History of the World?

“Sire, the peasants are revolting.”

“You said it! They stink on ice!”

JunkCoast on July 31, 2009 at 11:22 AM

I wonder when liberals will understand that life isn’t fair and any grasping and intentions of making life “fair for all” usually makes it worse.

I am a successful person because I work for success. not because I expect it to be handed to me. Perhaps others should learn that.

mjk on July 31, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Another reason to let the libs live in 0bamaLand while the rest of us live in Free America. We can’t vote these scumbag Rats out of office fast enough to save ourselves. We can’t just eliminate them or live with their whack-job policies. Move them to 0bamaLand and we take back America.

GeneSmith on July 31, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I am so sick of Liberals as well. To the point where not only can I not believe the kind of bull shit they spew (normal) I just have to walk away (not the norm for me).

ORconservative on July 31, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Help! Help! I’m being repressed!!!

Scott P on July 31, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.

Daggett on July 31, 2009 at 11:25 AM

This is looking better and better:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesusland_map

Is it still too early to talk about secession?

Rebar on July 31, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Brewhaha Distractions–Malkin w/Ingraham now on air

maverick muse on July 31, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others.

Daggett on July 31, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Is it still too early to talk about secession?

Rebar on July 31, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Not for me. I think we should discuss it immediately. And if the threat of secession doesn’t get some action out of DC, then we should actually do it.

Jesusland or Redneckistan, I’m ready.

Daggett on July 31, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Liberals around the country are trying hard to outlaw homeschooling as well.

MarkTheGreat on July 31, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Not to sound all mommy, but conservatives (both haves and have nots) should stick together and not buy into this “elite” vs. “redneck” war (or whatever you want to call it) that seems to be going on here lately

Thanks for bringing this up. I’ve written about this in the past, and the time seems ripe for another look at the subject. You are correct, of course; to win this nation back, we can’t be painting ourselves into social corners.

It’ll be on my blog, as well as (I’d suspect) the Green Room

Mitch_Berg on July 31, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Look at this new guy throwing around the term “socialism” — is AP on his French vacation for the month of August?

alliebobbitt on July 31, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Look at this new guy throwing around the term “socialism”

Let the record show that the term doesn’t show up in my post at all.

Mitch_Berg on July 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Sometimes I think it’d be better if we just made a clean break. Let the marxist/socialist libs have their own section of the US to mess up, let the us have our section that we don’t have to deal with the BS that the libs keep throwing us.

Tuari on July 31, 2009 at 11:04 AM

The libs already have Europe.

Libs are never satisfied. No matter how many times they mess up, they always want one more country, so that they can try again.

MarkTheGreat on July 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Goes wonderfully with the ObamaCare “Bring Out Your Dead” Health Plan.

Saltyron on July 31, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Excellent BIG PICTURE post.

ornery_independent on July 31, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Not that I don’t agree with secession, but that should be the last move in this game, the checkmate. A group of like minded states could band together and refuse to send in its federal tax receipts from gasoline, sales tax, etc. This would put a crimp in the federal cash flow and bring someone to the bargaining table.

hip shot on July 31, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Libs are never satisfied. No matter how many times they mess up, they always want one more country, so that they can try again.

MarkTheGreat on July 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Yeah. It’s failed every time so far, but if they keep trying, maybe it’ll work next time.

Translation: Insanity.

Daggett on July 31, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Look at this new guy throwing around the term “socialism”
alliebobbitt on July 31, 2009 at 11:49 AM
Let the record show that the term doesn’t show up in my post at all.
Mitch_Berg on July 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Everyone needs to calm down. It’s not socialism. It’s more of an Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune that we have in mind.

Eyas on July 31, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Not that I don’t agree with secession, but that should be the last move in this game, the checkmate.

hip shot on July 31, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Maybe, but I’d sure like to talk about it BEFORE Obama assembles his “civilian army that is funded at least as well as the military.”

Daggett on July 31, 2009 at 12:03 PM

“elite” vs. “redneck”

Oh there is plenty of humble pie for both Jethro Bodine and Mr. Drysdale. That said, the problem won’t be fixed until we conservatives sit our fannys down and figure out just what the hell the platform is. I have a feeling that won’t be for a long, long time.

errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Limerick on July 31, 2009 at 12:04 PM

The liberals all fully agree and will be happy when us out here in flyover country are finally just content to sit and cling to our bible (Economics for Dummies), our bows and arrows, and our cupcakes.

I live with the delicious knowledge that they will fail to see the “Get Off My Lawn” sign until it is too late for them.

Yoop on July 31, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Daggett, who would the National Guard and State reserves hold allegiance to in face of the “civilian army”. I for one would think the local boys would stay local.

hip shot on July 31, 2009 at 12:05 PM

As I have said before:

Socialism is nothing more than the Lord-serfdom pack,
with the words changed
to protect the masters from their slaves.

The royalty have always known what is better for the peasants, just ask them.

Hipocracy at its finest…

DJ Elliott on July 31, 2009 at 12:07 PM

“We’re from the government. We’re here to help.”

sdd on July 31, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Maybe, but I’d sure like to talk about it BEFORE Obama assembles his “civilian army that is funded at least as well as the military.”

Daggett on July 31, 2009 at 12:03 PM

How many members do you think he might enlist into his civilian army? Would they mostly be city types?

How many armed Conservative and Independent patriots live out in all those hitherlands between the cities. You know; those patriots that live where all the food and energy sources exist. Just wondering about the numbers.

Yoop on July 31, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Oh there is plenty of humble pie for both Jethro Bodine and Mr. Drysdale. That said, the problem won’t be fixed until we conservatives sit our fannys down and figure out just what the hell the platform is. I have a feeling that won’t be for a long, long time.

errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Limerick on July 31, 2009 at 12:04 PM

I got one that most of us will agree with on a national scale:

Issues like Gay marriage and Abortion: Well let you handle that on a state level, feds have no business in that.

On everything else: Billions for defense, not a penny for tribute, or foreign aid or bailouts.

We have a constitution that tells the fed govt what they CAN do, and explicitly tells them they can’t to anything else!

I think 70 percent of voters can agree with that. The rest are libtards and will either never change their minds, or will take a damn long time to do so.

Chaz706 on July 31, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I notice also that the libs never propose a tax on condoms or abortions. Just think of the revenue that could be raised if there was a per condom tax. And if the peasants were too stupid to use condoms, why think of the revenues that could be raised by taxing abortions.

Jvette on July 31, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Thanks for bringing this up. I’ve written about this in the past, and the time seems ripe for another look at the subject. You are correct, of course; to win this nation back, we can’t be painting ourselves into social corners.

It’ll be on my blog, as well as (I’d suspect) the Green Room…

Mitch_Berg on July 31, 2009 at 11:48 AM

I’ll be sure to check it out.

thevastlane on July 31, 2009 at 12:16 PM

YAY! I’d love to be endorsed by a lying adulterer too!

NathanG on July 31, 2009 at 12:19 PM

How many members do you think he might enlist into his civilian army? Would they mostly be city types?

Yoop on July 31, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I very much doubt that it’ll be a volunteer force.

Cannon fodder generally does not like to be cannon fodder.

Rebar on July 31, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Rebar on July 31, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Any way we can get a few pixels spacing between those buttons? I’m not the only one who is constantly hitting “strike” instead of “quote”.

Rebar on July 31, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Not that I don’t agree with secession, but that should be the last move in this game, the checkmate.
hip shot on July 31, 2009

OK, I’ll agree….”we have not yet begun to fight”

BUT…America has already been transformed into our former freedom loving selves into our worst socialist nightmare. Reagan is rolling over in his grave as are our founding fathers.

A)When will Americans begin to push back in a serious way?
or
B)When do we call it a day and say all is lost and go our seperate ways?

If we don’t do A or B….we are not Americans by definition. At this moment, we as a people look extermely week and to a statist regime looking for domination and control that is blood in the water.

Goodeye_Closed on July 31, 2009 at 12:26 PM

America has already been transformed into from our former…

fixed

Goodeye_Closed on July 31, 2009 at 12:27 PM

A minor detail, perhaps, but worth remembering that George and Laura Bush sent both of their girls to public schools. Neither of the Obama children have ever attended a public school. I seriously doubt that any on Nancy Pelosi’s children attended public schools. At a bare minimum, in my opinion, voters should insist that all elected officials send their own children to public schools.

rockmom on July 31, 2009 at 12:32 PM

You forgot to mention that the Haves need not fix their homes or buy Hybrid cars, they can just trade some carbon credits.

katablog.com on July 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

It’s not like this is shocking, ever since the stupidity of the French Revolution, there have only really been two camps.

Those that support liberty.

Those that support equality.

It’s either one or the other. Politics is really pretty simple.

dean_acheson on July 31, 2009 at 12:51 PM

The “Haves” Plan: I’ve heard nothing about taxes on plastic surgery or trips to Martha’s Vineyard.

I’m surprised you missed the plastic surgery tax proposal. It’s real.hcp_20090727_8213.php

holygoat on July 31, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Peasant Plan – Pitchforks And Flaming Torches

panzerkardinal on July 31, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Nicely done.

BVM on July 31, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Excellent – print out 436 copies and send to congress and dear leader

izoneguy on July 31, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Hey, Mitch!

Nice to see more contributions from the NARN gang.

Keep pitching the two tier health systems. Congress and government employees should be move onto the “public option” as soon as contracts allow.

Laurence on July 31, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Glad to see you working the big room, Mitch. Excellent post!

Mr. D on July 31, 2009 at 1:48 PM

It was this kind of elitist mind set, that set in motion, a revolution, for freedom.

capejasmine on July 31, 2009 at 1:52 PM

You forgot the “sexuality” segment.

The Peasant Plan: Free condoms in the schools and abort accidental pregnancy.

The “Haves” Section “edwards”: Who needs condoms and a baby = meal ticket.

bloggless on July 31, 2009 at 2:50 PM

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

Animal Farm

Star20 on July 31, 2009 at 2:58 PM

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

Animal Farm

Star20 on July 31, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Did you read a few days ago that Amazon censored “animal farm” and “1984″?

allrsn on July 31, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Outstanding post, Mr. Berg. Top notch observations that should be pinned to the lapels of our Congresscritters.

The top Communists got nuthin’ on our watered-down, Democratic version. If you rattled these off to describe some third-world backwater, we’d laugh at them. Guess what? We’re becoming the joke, too.

AnonymousDrivel on July 31, 2009 at 10:08 PM

VERY insightful article. Thanks!

tikvah on August 1, 2009 at 6:08 AM

I think that old Wizard of Id cartoon with the caption, “The peasants are revolting” would be apt.

Wethal on July 31, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Wasn’t the reply to that statement…”They certainly are.”

sdd on July 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Yep. I had that on a T-shirt back in my Army days. My favorite off-duty wear.

LegendHasIt on August 2, 2009 at 1:01 AM