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The core issue in 2012

posted at 10:19 pm on January 24, 2012 by

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.

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If anything needs to be put into attack ads by independent groups, this is the issue. It could very well become the equivalent of the Swift Boat Ad campaign against John Kerry in 2004.

Jurisprudence on January 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM

the majority of Americans don’t want it, either.

Don’t forget it was the majority American sheeple who voted this poisonous clown in on vague promises of Hopenchange.

squint on January 25, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Yes, and back then he’d done an extremely good job of hiding his true agenda.

But it should be clear now — and I feel it is the responsibility of his opponents to make sure it is clear.

Steven Den Beste on January 25, 2012 at 1:29 AM

I believe that the majority of Americans don’t want it, either.

That may well be, but those voters will be overwhelmed by the illegals, the dead, the felons, and buried by the financial contributions of foreigners.

There are many parties interested in a larger government with a larger trough of cash.

Peri Winkle on January 25, 2012 at 6:42 AM

I am really hoping that at least one of the debates this fall asks this question directly to Obama. How big should government be? When is it enough?

rockmom on January 25, 2012 at 8:14 AM

My fear is that too many “Americans” want what he’s offering. They want the free ride on someone else’s back. They’ve been taught that they deserve it. They’re entitled to part of what someone else earned because you can’t get ahead without exploiting the work of others.
It IS easy to make those arguments but it runs counter to the very basic core of what makes America. People risked it all to come here throughout history for a chance to make it big.
The idea that others should get some of what the risk takers earned is what is evil in the world. All evil can be broken down to this basic concept.

Capt Blasto on January 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Great piece!

cmsinaz on January 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM