Richard Miniter over at Forbes:
…The long-term trends are almost all bad news for the left wing of the party.
This week’s fight over raising the federal debt limit exposes a key weakness in the warfare-welfare state that has bestowed power onto the Democratic Party: Without an ever-growing share of the economy, it dies. Every vital element of the Democrats’ coalition — unions, government workers, government contractors, “entitlement” consumers — requires constant increases in payments, grants and consulting contracts. Without those payments, they don’t sign checks to re-elect Democrats.
Like it or not, Obama is not the new FDR, but the new Gorbachev: a man forced to preside over the demise of a political system he desperately wants to save…
The welfare state is unsustainable – eventually, it does collapse upon itself. It must grow larger but it can’t forever grow larger. Eventually, it takes out so much from the productive economy that you don’t have enough of a productive economy to sustain growth. That is, essentially, the condition we are in now – no more than three or four years left of this, good people, and the welfare state goes away.
Better by far, of course, if it goes away via our victory in 2012 – that is better than having Obama re-elected to continue his rear-guard efforts to sustain the failures of liberalism. It will be far less painful, in the long and short run, if we elected a properly conservative/libertarian President and Congress in 2012 who can then carefully inter the welfare state and step by step free up our economy.
If the democrat party can get Lieutenant Colonel Allen West to apologize to DWS, a person whose main contributions to society are a certificate in political campaigning and an MA in political science from gatorworld, it is hardly doomed.
All the democrats need to do is give out trillions more to the geriatric set that makes up the majority of voters and sell out the younger generation. That’s not too hard, DWS has just begun with her tactics about ‘cuts to SS’ needed to scare up some votes. Death panel boogeymen and medicare part d handouts can work for the Dems just like they worked for the GOP.
There is a reason Ryan’s plan doesn’t apply to those 55 and older. They vote.
I don’t believe Col. West has apologized, nor should he. But I do find it heart warming that the democrats have abandoned their disdain for women and have rushed to the defense of DWS. I am sure the democrats are soon to follow with their own apologies to Palin
And I think the reason Ryan’s plan grandfathers those over 55 is due to promises made to those folks, and his sincere efforts to keep those promises. It’s interesting that the democrats have yet to offer anything constructive on their own, but are sure quick to demonize anyone who does.
I didn’t believe West had apologized which is why I used the conditional IF. You don’t think he should apologize so if he does then it will be an admission that the GOP isn’t as strong as it believes itself to be. I didn’t know anything about DWS before this dustup and blame West for giving her any weight at all. Funny they both have the same basket weaving degree.
I don’t know why there would be a promise to a 55 year old that doesn’t extend to a 45 year old or a 35 year old that has paid social security.
MY problem with letting people opt out is the following. A good % will stick there $ in the stock market (which will create a bubble as too much money runs after too few goods) while I have mine in SS. A lot will lose their $ in the stock market by the time they retire. The looters who lost their money will vote themselves a portion of my SS.
West’s apology, FUBO and YOU!!…. liars
doomed donk party…marxist communism has failed every where else it will fail the dRAT party as well