Put another way, hold us to our words, not our deeds.
You’d think it’d be different, that the progressives with all the brains and all the folks dying to serve in Washington D.C. would be out there under bright lights saying “Judge us on our performance; we know and live good government!!” But that’d be wrong. The elite with brains, living at the top, leading a vast army of victims, including millions of bureaucrats organized into militant public sector unions, can’t be responsible for asking its victims to deliver!
How are liberals supposed to make the economy work, anyway? That’s what business does. Democrats are government, and government in capitalism only fixes the excesses; it doesn’t own the means of production. Democrats know, as we discussed earlier, that government doesn’t create economic development—it is a parasite living off business.
Here’s Bill Clinton, an admired former Democratic president, talking about about what being president means to him:
[Rick Perry]’s saying “Oh, I’m going to Washington to make sure that the federal government stays as far away from you as possible — while I ride on Air Force One and that Marine One helicopter and go to Camp David and travel around the world and have a good time.” I mean, this is crazy.I mean, this IS crazy—being president is about the perks of the office?! What? It’s not about doing what you can to get the economy working, to create growth? Democrats don’t believe in job performance because they don’t expect to deliver (see Limbaugh, above).
Listen to progressive Steve Kornacki, writing in “Salon” about the helplessness of our Democratic president:
the White House [believes] two grim realities: (1) The economy is not recovering and may soon slip into another recession; and (2) There’s very little that Obama can now do about it. . . The correlation between economic anxiety and the failure of presidents to win reelection is well-established. [S]ince he can’t enact policies that will generate economic momentum in the next year, Obama’s only recourse is to . . . convince swing voters that their anxiety [stems from] Republican obstructionism.From Franklin Roosevelt forward, we looked to government to fix the economy for us. We used to believe in government. No longer. Top-down, “bright people will do it for us” doesn’t work as advertised. We need a working free market, millions of individual decision-makers, with smaller government helping from the sidelines, not doing economics itself.
[Passage of Obama’s jobs plan is] beside the point. . . The goal here is to highlight Obama’s desire to do something with the GOP’s preference for doing … nothing. So [the] reelection strategy [is] redirecting swing voters’ intense anxiety, frustration and anger . . . onto the GOP. Obviously, there’s not much inspiring about this.
Ronald Reagan was right. “Government is the problem.” Now we need the solution he reached for, but grasped only partially. We need government out of the way of working capitalism. We need democracy (in the form of elections) freeing up capitalism.