There are many successful liberals, so why do so many of them wish to subsidize failure for the poor, instead of showing them how to succeed?
Because, dependency breeds votes for Democrats.
If you’re poor, they want you to stay poor so you’ll be dependent on their money. If you’re in a Union or a Government job they want to lavish you so that you’ll give them with more money in a quid pro quo incestuous ever-increasing greed fest that benefits them alone in the end.
Look at Stockton, CA.
In late June, Stockton became the nation’s largest city to fail financially. At that time, all eyes were on the port city of 300,000 as experts warned the action could set off a string of similar filings among cash-strapped municipalities. Since then, a half-dozen cities have filed for Chapter 9 protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, including the city of San Bernardino.
During the 90-day mediation period, Stockton’s creditors refused to negotiate unless the city cut payments to the state pension plan, CalPERS.
The $900 million Stockton owes to the California Public Employees Retirement System to cover pensions is its biggest debt -– as is the case with many cities in California.
Stockton slashed its police and fire departments, halted bond payments, cut employee benefits and adopted an emergency spending plan that cut many city services. But the city continues to pay into the state pension.
They cut everything EXCEPT the pension plan that was bankrupting them. Why? Because that was were the real gold goose was.
Calpers, the state pension fund, sued San Bernardino over its attempt to postpone its pension payments so it could keep basic services running. Now it’s Stockton that is being sued, this time by its Wall Street creditors, who are complaining that the bankrupt city is prioritizing its payments to pensioners (via Calpers) over those due to them.
In 2011, Stockton paid a little more than $20 million to Calpers—about double what it paid to run its public libraries. Its payments are expected to nearly double in the next 10 years, making Calpers the city’s biggest creditor. Stockton says it has no choice but to keep paying, even as it pares other costs, including its payments to bondholders. It says that if it cuts the rate at which its workers build up their pensions, workers will leave—especially the police, who have been recruited with the promise of large, early pensions. Last year, Stockton asked Calpers for a “hardship exemption,” allowing it to slow down its contributions. Calpers said no, fearing that if Stockton fell behind, it might never catch up.
“They’re scared to death,” Mr. Sweet said. “Calpers says, ‘You can’t give us a haircut, because if you do, the world is going to collapse. If it happens in Stockton, it’s going to happen in San Bernardino, and if it happens in San Bernardino it’s going to happen in Modesto, and if it happens in Modesto it’s going to happen in Bakersfield, and if it happens in Bakersfield it’s going to happen in Fresno.’ ”
IF YOU CUT SPENDING IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD!!
Does that not sound like modern Liberalism? 🙂
Take Dr. Ben Carson, as one example. Dr. Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., is enjoying a certain amount of celebrity unrelated to his profession for speaking his mind about how individuals and the nation might succeed if more Americans were less dependent on government.
Dr. Carson, who is African-American, has been denounced as insufficiently black because he won’t toe the liberal line when it comes to big government and the implication that those in the African-American voting bloc, huge supporters of the Democratic Party, who fall below the poverty line, cannot succeed without it. The fact that many have not succeeded with government has apparently escaped the notice of his critics.
And they want that to escape the notice of the no- and low- information morons out there. Keep ’em down. Keep ’em stupid.
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Speaking with Megyn Kelly on Fox News’ “America Live” last week, Dr. Carson addressed some of the slurs tossed at him, saying they are what you might expect to hear “on a third grade playground.” He appealed to his detractors to “move beyond” such rhetoric “and let’s have a real discussion about the real facts. If somebody disagrees, let’s talk about why they disagree, let’s talk about the pros and cons, let’s see if we can find some accommodation.”
A real discussion about real issues with a liberal? Now that is a Fantasy.
That is precisely what the left does not want to do, because to have such a discussion would expose liberalism’s failure to solve the problems of poverty and education — to cite just two examples — through government.
And since they are both the Morally Superior and the Just Plain Superior to all other forms of life that can’t happen. It’s their way or the Highway to Hell.
MSNBC’s Toure Monday has called Dr. Carson a token “black friend” to the Republican Party. I don’t recall Carson ever saying he belongs to the Republican Party, do you? Even so, labels should not define the man. What Carson is saying and what he represents ought to be the beginning point for the discussion he is trying to initiate.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Carson dismissed one suggestion he might be an “Uncle Tom” this way: “Well, obviously they don’t know what an Uncle Tom is because they need to read Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’ You’ll see that he was very, very subservient, kind of go along to get along type of person. Obviously, that’s not what I’m doing.”
In the Kelly interview, Dr. Carson hit his main point about liberal reaction on subjects ranging from Obamacare to higher taxes: “They feel that if you look a certain way then you have to stay on the plantation.”
You must be of The Body (to quote Star Trek)! If you are not of the The Body then the Lawgivers of Landru/Obama will come for you to absorb you into the bliss that is The Body. Otherwise you are a infection that must be fought and destroyed.
Isn’t such a personal attack also a form of racism? All whites don’t think alike, why should all African-Americans be expected to?
If government were the solution and not the problem, shouldn’t we expect that the amount of money spent on anti-poverty programs — $15 trillion since 1964, according to a CATO Institute analysis — might have moved the needle on poverty? Instead there are nearly as many poor people today as there were 49 years ago. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the modern-day food-stamp benefit is known, has soared 70 percent since 2008 to a record 47.8 million as of December 2012.” Government as solution isn’t working and Dr. Carson wants to discuss why. For this he is attacked?
The nightmare for liberals would be if Ben Carson became a role model for the poor instead of a target. If more of the poor had mothers like his (and maybe active fathers, which he didn’t have), who focused on reading and discipline, more might grow up to be like him. They might reject the lie that they are incapable of succeeding because of their circumstances.
In addition to Carson’s remarks about government dependency, he is also under attack for his unorthodox positions on same-sex marriage and evolution, which the National Review Online reports has led to a petition being circulated at Johns Hopkins Medical School asking that he be disinvited as commencement speaker. That would add censorship to racism.
The Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins University has denied a pro-life group official club status at the Baltimore school for fear the group will make students feel uncomfortable.
“They were denied status because the students on the student council felt being pro-life violates their harassment policy,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told Fox News.
Not only -Please don’t challenge my beliefs. You should have no right to challenge my beliefs!
Meanwhile, the same night the pro-life student group was denied, student government members approved official campus status for Students for Justice in Palestine.
The late newsman David Brinkley said, “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
By that standard, Dr. Ben Carson is building a mansion. (Cal Thomas,WT and others)
Uncomfortable, isn’t it. 🙂