The core issue in 2012
posted at 10:19 pm on January 24, 2012 by Steven Den Beste
The core issue in the 2012 Presidential election is this: how big should the US government be?
The reason that is the issue is because Obama’s answer is, a lot bigger than it is now. Obama wants to turn the US into a European-style Social Democracy, with the government being involved in nearly everything. And with vastly higher taxes to pay for it all.
He and his Democratic allies in Congress have been trying to create as many spending programs as they can, because every such program creates its own constituency, which means that once such programs are in place they become devilishly difficult to terminate.
If Obama is reelected, he’ll have four more years to push this. In particular, by the end of his second term, government health care will have become so entrenched that it will be nearly impossible to roll it back.
I assume that most readers of this will agree with me that this kind of vast expansion of the government is not a good thing. And this election is pretty much the last chance to prevent it.
Obama has never acknowledged that this is his real agenda. He (and his Progressive supporters) are hoping to sneak it through, relying on inertia and all the newly created constituencies to make those changes permanent. But this was what “Hope and Change” was really about.
And it has to be exposed to the light of day. It has to become the focus of the campaign — because I believe that the majority of Americans don’t want it, either.