There is something deeply, deeply wrong with the Obami and the Congressional Democrats. Or maybe not. Maybe they are just all too human and are living out that saying that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In this case, the corruption isn’t necessarily monetary (although that’s there too). Instead, it’s a rot of the soul; an inability to confront the reality of actual governance, and a desire, instead, to live in a fantasy world.
As I read the stories about Dems lately, I keep thinking of Nero. When Nero first become Emperor in Rome (54 A.D.), he was a golden boy. He was handsome and charming. Initially, he decreased corruption and increased freedom in Rome. Eventually, however, unfettered power led Nero to unfettered acts of insane cruelty and murder. There was nothing to stop him, so he became unstoppable. (Leaders ranging from Caligula, to Mao, to Mugabe, to Kim Jong-Il are also nices example of the dangers of having unlimited power vested in a single person/group.)
I see the same thing going on in Washington. The Democrats control completely both the executive and legislative branches. Procedurally, there is nothing to stop them. What should be stopping them, of course, is harsh reality: the unyielding laws of economics, the increased arrogance of our enemies, and the growing disaffection of the voters. But the Democrats, drunk on unlimited power, cannot stop themselves. Indeed, our arrogant president, despite having accomplished nothing but emboldening our enemies, cheerfully awarded himself a B+ in governance. There’s delusion for you.
Despite the fact that the voters are turning against government health care in droves, the Democrats are bound and determined to pass it. Despite the fact that more and more evidence is appearing to show that the climate change “science” is corrupt, politically-driven voodoo, the Democrats insist on destroying our economy to meet illusive and impossible climate goals. And most recently, despite the fact that a respected bipartisan economic organization is stating that the debt path the Democrats are pursuing is unsustainable, the Democrats won’t be stopped there either:
After passing a $447 billion spending bill Sunday, Congress faces a Jan. 1 deadline to raise the ceiling on the national debt even as a bipartisan expert panel warned Monday that the United States faces a potential funding crisis.
The Peterson-Pew Commission, composed of former members of Congress and budget experts, warned that the federal budget has reached a danger zone much faster than anticipated even a year ago. Like a homeowner swimming in mortgage debt, the government’s bills are growing faster than its income, to the point where overseas investors holding U.S. debt could be spooked at any moment.
“The long-run future is upon us,” said former Clinton administration budget chief Alice Rivlin. Bush administration debt, rapidly escalating health care costs, a deep recession that has slashed tax revenue, and record government spending this year on a $787 billion stimulus and a $700 billion bank rescue have, she said, “raised the debt very, very rapidly, to nervous-making levels.”
Still, Democratic leaders in Congress and the Obama administration contend that joblessness is the more important problem now. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised to pass a new jobs package this week as part of the $626 billion defense bill, including an extension of benefits for the unemployed and new infrastructure spending.
Obama economic adviser Christina Romer said it would be “suicidal” to cut spending with the unemployment rate above 10 percent. Economic growth is the best remedy to the deficit, they argue.
When it comes to the deficit, the closest analogy I can think of is a deranged physician who gives a person with a bad flu a toxic doses of chemotherapy on the principle that the chemotherapy will cure what ails him. The best thing for the patient would be to fall ill rapidly, go to another doctor, and immediately have the medicine withdrawn. The worst thing would be for the steady drip of the chemo to debilitate the patient so slowly that, by the time he realizes what’s wrong, it’s too late — he’s as good as dead.
The same holds true for us. Because of the Democrats’ hubris, the American people are swiftly wising up to the appalling damage the Democrats are inflicting on our nation, both economically and in terms of national security. That’s good because, in theory, that means we’re like the patient who got a second opinion quickly, rather than dying slowly. However, the election process means that, even though we know we’re being grossly mistreated, we can’t do anything about it until November 2010. This question, then, is whether we can survive that long without dying first.