Kerry to voters: You’re hypocrites if you’re angry at Washington
posted at 2:20 pm on May 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
Do you feel angry at Washington for its lack of accountability? Annoyed at your elected representatives for fiddling with the health-care system while the economy burned failed to ignite? Feel a bit put out at the massive amount of spending and debt rolled up by Democrats the last sixteen months? John Kerry has a message for you, which is that you’re nothing but hypocrites. Or, failing that, you’re just too stupid to comprehend the genius of your elites:
Times are tough, especially among those still looking for good jobs, but Sen. John Kerry doesn’t think Washington’s to blame. In fact the former Democratic presidential candidate, concerned with the anger voters are aiming at Washington, says that his party and President Obama are doing a ship-shape job.
“We’ve come back,” he says of the nation, Wall Street, and the economy. “This is an amazing resurgence.”
Kerry talked about the voter anger during a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor called to give him time to pitch his expansive climate and energy bill. He was asked if he’s ever seen such anger with Washington, in part inspired by the Tea Party movement named after the Boston Tea Party in his home state. …
“I think there’s a comprehension gap,” said Kerry. His point: While people may not be feeling the benefits of the bailouts and healthcare reform yet, Congress has been working with Obama to right the economic ship. Still, he sounded sympathetic to those kicked around by the economy. “There’s a sense of some things unraveling” to them, said Kerry.
But he said that the D.C.-directed attacks are hypocritical, since many of those attacking Washington spending presumably want to keep their Social Security and Medicare and want Washington to play a big role in the Gulf Oil cleanup. “There’s a huge contradiction on a daily basis,” he said.
Well, no, it’s not, but it’s no surprise that Kerry thinks they are. This is the same cluelessness that causes Barack Obama to keep talking about the protest sign he (supposedly) saw that said, “Keep government out of my Medicare!” The expectation from American citizens is that when government programs exist, they should be (a) run properly, (b) have accountability, and (c) deliver on their promised services. That applies to Social Security and Medicare, as well as the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. After all, we’re paying for them, and while we are, we expect them to work properly.
The hypocrisy here comes not from voters, but from big-government advocates like John Kerry who promise that government can solve all of these ills, and more. After all, they’re the ones who set the sky-high expectations, and demean and diminish the ability of the private sector to deliver solutions. The huge contradiction seen by voters on a daily basis comes from advocates of bureaucracies and top-down control who have no answers for their shortcomings — except to promise that even larger government can solve those as well.
The bailouts started over eighteen months ago. Porkulus was enacted over a year ago. ObamaCare passed two months ago after a series of backroom deals left the details in the dark, and its passage has already resulted in sharp setbacks to employers, some of whom may abandon the provision of health benefits to their employees as a result. How long exactly are Americans expected to wait before the promised Nirvana of big-government interventions stop making things worse, and where criticism and demands for accountability don’t constitute “hypocrisy”? Two years? Five? Ten? Ever?
Kerry’s insistence that we’re in the middle of an “amazing resurgence” with employment off 8 million jobs since our economic peak earns Kerry the Chip Diller Award: