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RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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Bottom Line:  This nation needs jobs.  Every other consideration pales by comparison, and yet these ideological martinets refuse to let go of their agenda, even as the sun is sinking on their progressive universe.  In fact, their only response to this crisis is to insist that unemployment benefits be extended pas the already breath-taking span of 99 weeks – because failure to do so will affect up to three million unemployed Americans.  Americans who remain unemployed due to a Congress and Obama administration which fiddled with a health care bill for over a year-and-a-half while the economy was still burning to the ground.  Even now Democrats want to do the extension – as in spending more money we don’t have – without making any offsetting cuts to the deficit.

How are they framing the issue?  The inimitable Ms. Pelosi:  “Unemployment insurance, the economists tell us, returns $2 for every dollar that is put out there.  People need the money.  They spend it immediately for necessities.  It injects demand into the economy.  It helps reduce the deficit.”

Think about the level of stupidity embodied in that quote.  And it is awesomely stupid, when one takes it to a maximum extrapolation.  If what Ms. Pelosi contends were truly the case, wouldn’t it make sense to put every American on unemployment insurance?  According to the Speaker of the House, that would literally double our Gross National Product.  And let’s not forget the additional “upside:” no one would have to work.

Perhaps such progressive insanity would be understandable if it was occurring in a vacuum.  But it is not.  Europe, further down the same progressivist road the Democratic party wants the United States to travel, is one country away (Spain) from fiscal chaos, and a continent far more used to a bottomless government gravy train – which has run out of gravy – is exploding.  So why do Democrats insist on emulating them?  Americans need reminding that behind the progressive ideology which animates the likes of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, et al, is a level of conceit and arrogance of almost unimaginable scope.