From the Wall Street Journal:
The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014.
It’ll grow until 2017, at least, unless we rid ourselves of Obama this November. Though some people are starting to sound rather hopeful in that regard.
Obama has been an utter catastrophe for the United States – you take Johnson, Nixon and Carter, roll them in to one huge, nauseating political ball and you won’t get the disaster which is President Obama. I honestly don’t think that Obama cares for America – not for the America that we Americans live in. He has this vision of an entirely different America; something alien to our experience and against our finest ideals. An America of socialist “rights” is what Obama wants – a right to government support, a right to not work, a right to be in school for decades, a right to retire early, a right to an abortion, a right to all the sex we can stand; and, of course, since he’s from Chicago, a right to political payoffs if you are properly connected to the elite…but no right to free speech, no right to worship God, no right to bear arms…
I am in good spirits, though – disgusted with things as they are, but still feeling confident. I do believe we are awake. Underneath the relentless MSM propaganda for Obama the real fight is going on…with patriots working hard to defeat Obama and these patriots will not be denied. We’ll see how things come out – but on November 7th, I suspect we who love America will be highly pleased with the election results.
From Real Clear Politics:
“When you look at African American males, 40% of them are unemployed, those under 30 years of age. I understand exactly the entire nation must be involved in this recovery but the black community is experiencing a great recession. That’s what we’re experiencing,” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) told MSNBC.
“And all of the growth in the past 30 years, we see it slipping away. From home ownership, the middle class; it’s slipping away from our hands. And it has a lot to do with many issues. Racism, shipping jobs overseas, access — no access to technology. You know, the digital divide is there and many of the new jobs that’s what it requires. So, we have a problem.”
Yes, we do have a problem – most notably hack defenders of a corrupt, dying system who will toss around the accusation of “racism” in a white-majority nation which elected a black man President.
The reason there is such high unemployment in the black community – and all the other social pathologies – is not because some crackers are thwarting the black man, but because the black man has been corrupted by the welfare State. Once upon a time, almost all black Americans worked hard, went to church more often, defended their families and did a whole host of things magnificently…even better, given the adversities black Americans faced when they first emerged from degrading and brutalizing slavery. These days, a very large segment of the black population does none of these things…and they don’t do them because Big Government liberals have told them not to…told them that they don’t have to work, don’t have to have faith, don’t have to form and maintain families…sit on your rear and collect welfare, Nanny Liberal will take care of all things…
It is people precisely like Rep. Wilson who are the source of the trouble…and to defend their corrupt privileges, people like her are determined to defend this hideous deformation we call the liberalism. Get rid of Wilson and those like her, and watch black people rise…2012 must be the year we make a clean break; it must be the year we crush liberalism. Basic, human decency requires it.
At least one leftist is understanding what is happening in Britain:
…This is not a political rebellion; it is a mollycoddled mob, a riotous expression of carelessness for one’s own community. And as a left-winger, I refuse to celebrate nihilistic behaviour that has a profoundly negative impact on working people’s lives…
…There is one more important part to this story: the reaction of the cops. Their inability to handle the riots effectively reveals the extent to which the British police are far better adapted to consensual policing than conflictual policing. It also demonstrates how far they have been paralysed in our era of the politics of victimhood, where virtually no police activity fails to get followed up by a complaint or a legal case. Their kid-glove approach to the rioters of course only fuels the riots, because as one observer put it, when the rioters ‘see that the police cannot control the situation, [that] leads to a sort of adrenalin-fuelled euphoria’. So this street violence was largely ignited by the excesses of the welfare state and was then intensified by the discombobulation of the police state. In this sense, it reveals something very telling, and quite depressing, about modern Britain.
The only thing left out is my contention that the British people have resigned the right of self defense. Swaddled in the welfare State, set upon by professional gripe-mongers, oppressed by political correctness and disarmed by law, the British people are just sheep for the slaughter…complete victims whenever the barbarians decide to strike. If they tried this in the United States, there would be return fire – and in most jurisdictions, the law would back the honest citizens in the use of force. Can anyone seriously imagine this sort of thing going on in, say, Texas?
This is the perfect storm of welfare and Big Government…some people so mollycoddled (excellent word, that) that they just don’t care how much they destroy; figuring it is their right to take what they want (all that class warfare talk does have an effect, ya dig?) and that the government (which owes them, right?) will fix it all up. On the other side, people who still retain a sense of decency stand aside and let the rioters destroy because they’ve been conditioned to think that law enforcement is a matter only for the police; they have forgotten that the police are delegated by the people to defend the community, but the actual defense of the community lies with the people.
The only way out of this is for some citizen of Britain to shoot a rioter, and then have a jury refuse to convict. That would save Britain…anything else will just be a band aid on a dying society.
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.