“Not Getting It” as the New Democratic Religion
posted at 5:30 pm on November 19, 2009 by Dafydd ab Hugh
Many, many years ago — around the time of the battle of Gettysburg, I think — I heard a radio commercial for some MBA school. For some unknown reason, it was seared, seared in my mind.
The advert has a number of employees gathered around the water cooler (I suppose; it’s radio, not TV). They’re all stunned by the recent promotion of Fred, and each gives increasingly bizarre and utterly irrelevant premises why he (one she) should have been promoted instead:
I keep my desk cleaner than anyone else in the department!”
“I wear a two thousand dollar suit!”
“I offered to paint the boss’ house!”
“I’m the tallest guy here!”
Then the last fellow, voice practically breaking in anguish:
“Well for Pete’s sake — I have sideburns!”
Whenever I read stuff like this from the Democrats, that commercial always bubbles up in my memory…
Any tax imposed on financial transactions would have to take effect internationally to prevent Wall Street jobs and related business moving overseas, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday.
“It would have to be an international rule, not just a U.S. rule,” Pelosi said at a news conference. “We couldn’t do it alone, we’d have to do it as an international initiative.”
The top Democrat’s comments seemed to spell longer odds for the Wall Street tax, which some Democrats in the House of Representatives are proposing as a way to pay for job-creating legislation.
The “Wall Street tax?” Somehow I missed this one. By “financial transactions,” they can only mean what the rest of us call Capitalism. I read further:
The tax, which could raise $150 billion per year, would tap into widespread public outrage at Wall Street in the wake of the financial crisis, but support is lackluster among key legislators.
First, if there is “widespread public outrage at Wall Street,” it was surely whipped up by Democrats themselves, especially during the 2008 presidential and congressional elections. But second — a hundred and fifty billion a year? Over ten years, that works out to — ah — let me get my calculator… to $1.5 trillion dollars over ten years! A trillion and a half sucked out of the economy into the maw of federal government… so what is it supposed to buy us? Oh, here it is:
Democrats in the House aim to pass legislation designed to create more jobs before the end of the year to ease double-digit unemployment levels that threaten an economic recovery. The Senate is expected to act early next year.
The bill could include increased road construction, money to help states avoid layoffs of police and other public employees, and a further extension of unemployment benefits, Pelosi said.
Other options include extending health-insurance subsidies for the jobless, a tax credit for businesses that create jobs, more funding for energy-efficiency programs, and low-interest loans for small businesses.
Well for Pete’s sake — Nancy Pelosi has sideburns!
We’re currently experiencing the worst unemployment rates federally and statewide in decades; businesses, especially small businesses, have been crippled by excessive regulation, soaring energy costs, skyrocketing health-care costs, and of course by draconian taxation levied by all levels of government.
So what is the Democrats’ solution? It’s as rational as pi: Pass another massive tax on “financial transactions” (wouldn’t that hit everybody, not just Wall Street?) — in order to “create more jobs.” “Oh, of course we all support that Capitalism stuff, something about buyers and sellers… but surely you understand that companies can’t create jobs; that requires federal legislation!”
And it sure worked out well the last time, didn’t it? I mean way, way back in February, when the Democrats enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the first “stimulus” bill, without which unemployment might have risen as high as 8.2%. It worked… it stimulated the economy so much that now they’re talking about a massive new tax on Capitalism to pay for government-created jobs.
Squeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Haight-Ashbury, 100%) enthuses about the scheme:
“This is just something that is on the table, it hasn’t been developed to a high priority, but it has substantial currency in our caucus,” Pelosi said.
I find it increasingly hard to believe that liberals and Democrats are merely stupid, too dense to understand the fundamental premise of the market: That the “invisible hand” of the market allows buyers and sellers to find each other… so long as the “invisible foot” of government doesn’t trip them up.
More and more, I am driven to the conclusion that the liberals in Congress and the White House reject the doctrine of Capitalism as heresy against their religion of government-enforced altruism… much the way many Fundamentalist Christians and Jews reject evolution in the (mistaken, I argue) belief that evolutionary biology denies God. Liberals appear to believe that altruism, complete selflessness, is the only moral way to resolve “crises” like hunger, health care, poverty, and security. Worse, they believe that altruism is even more effective when embraced at gunpoint.
A true altruist will take food from his own starving child to give to the starving child of a stranger; he is harsher on his friends than his enemies, because he must deny all forms of self interest, including sentiment.
But liberalism demands not only forced personal altruism but forced national altruism as well; so they cripple their own country to empower the worst and strangest countries in the world, just to prove how selfless America is (when driven by Democrats). Thus they make us bow before kings and fawn over tyrants, then kick our democratic allies in the shins and betray them to their enemies.
This cannot be sheer idiocy; never attribute to stupidity what can adequately be explained by malice: Leaders of mass movements usually know exactly what they’re doing. Alas, in this era, the strongest mass religion is the First Church of Enforced Altruism… and it may require a religious civil war to take back our country.
Cross-posted on Big Lizards…