Perfect timing for the awesome panderer-in-chief. BO has issued an “executive order” that will end the pay freeze on federal workers.
“And the timing isn’t great either: Just as President Obama and Congress try to avert going over the “fiscal cliff,” he doles out pay increases to federal workers.” This absolutely is as offensive as it gets. While businesses struggle and families struggle to make ends meet, Obama blithely signs away another 11 billion of taxpayer monies over the next ten years.
“Three reporters interviewed New Yorkers (most of whom, statistically, voted for Obama) of all income groups, asked them what they earn per year, and passed on how much extra they’ll be paying unless a comprehensive deal is worked out.” Well, needless to say, those who were informed of their new tax bill freaked out. Too bad they weren’t paying as close attention to the speeches of teh WON. BO and his Dem cohorts planned this all along. They want the tax hikes, but don’t want to look like the bad guys. All that extra revenue is is sending them into a drooling euphoria. Once those tax hikes go into effect, they will never, not ever, be repealed. Added benefits for the poor, more social justice programs, redistribution of wealth, a Progressive wet dream.
There are some Liberals (big L) that have come to realize the poverty programs are not working out as expected. Read it all at City Journal
But the government’s unprecedented expenditures failed to bring about the decline in poverty that Johnson had promised. Instead, they made things worse. Neither city hall nor I comprehended that the “community action” organizations on which we lavished taxpayer dollars would entrench dependency by urging people to get on the welfare rolls. War on Poverty funds paid for social workers, community activists, and lawyers to organize the poor, but these organizers, far from lifting poor people out of dependency, helped them sign up for more—and more expensive—welfare programs. For instance, the National Welfare Rights Organization urged single black mothers to protest the welfare system’s eligibility restrictions, and the organization’s goal was to flood the system with new clients.
The activists succeeded beyond their wildest imagination. By the end of the 1960s, during a period of economic prosperity and low unemployment, one out of every seven New Yorkers was on the dole. By 1975, War on Poverty spending (in inflation-adjusted dollars) had tripled, and the percentage of poor families’ income supplied by welfare had risen from 7.5 percent to 14.1 percent. Under the pressure of the advocates, government programs emphasized “welfare rights,” postponed self-sufficiency, supplied unproven and expensive services, and left most welfare clients out of the workforce. That’s perhaps the main reason that, as some pundits quipped, “in the War on Poverty, poverty won.”
Since the majority (not a very large one) voted for big government, let them pay for it. Everyone from the least to the wealthy. Then and only then will they even begin to realize exactly what we have been opposed to for the past 4 years. We have no right to keep piling debt onto our children and their children. Marc Thiessen had this to say….
Big government is great if you don’t have to pay for it. Well, now it’s time to pay the bill. Maybe when the costs of the stimulus, Obamacare and exploding entitlements are finally deducted from their paychecks, Americans will rediscover the virtue of smaller government. If they don’t like paying higher taxes to allow for more spending, there’s a simple solution: Demand that politicians in Washington cut taxes and spending instead of expanding them. And if they won’t do it, elect men and women who will.
Until then, Republicans need to stop protecting Americans from the consequences of their decisions to elect profligate politicians.
- How the Welfare State Traps the Poor in Dependency, the British Version (cato.org)
- What Would the U.S. Look Like If It Were a Failed State? Like Georgia, Pretty Much! (wonkette.com)
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