Government is force like fire, when small a dangerous servant, and when large a fearful master. -George Washington
Our founders’ words are full of these sentiments and the government was designed as to protect the people from the government to allow for their own prosperity. The president outlined his vision for the country at George Washington University this week. In his latest speech, Barack Obama shows a quite different vision for our country, one that is slightly familiar to students Soviet Union of history.
For the first hundred fifty years of our nation’s history the belief of limited government and a free-market prevailed, and America became the most prosperous nation in the world. We did not have a national income tax, only tariffs on trade. Mr. Obama quoted Lincoln early in his speech, but there is much difference in ideology between the two presidents.
You cannot pull up the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. -Abraham Lincoln
President Obama seems to operate from a different view; he’s been on record stating that the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, saying what the government cannot do to you but doesn’t say what government must do on your behalf. The document that does state what the government must do for you has been created, the Bolshevik Constitution of 1918. In the first Soviet Constitution the government guarantees the people’s right to jobs, to organize and unite, separation of church and state, education, and states that all the land and resources of the country belong to the state. For those not familiar with the Soviet Union, it didn’t end well for the rich or the poor.
In the President’s latest speech he states that we cannot afford 1 trillion dollars of tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires in our society. He also states that we would not be a great country if we didn’t have Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.
We are a better country because of these commitments. I’ll go further – we would not be a great country without those commitments. –President Obama
This would counter the beliefs of Democratic founder, Thomas Jefferson, who wanted to prevent the government from confiscating the fruits of our labors under the pretense of providing security. President Obama went on to say that the top one percent saw their income rise by an average of 250k while the bottom ninety percent actually declined; this is factually inaccurate. According to the irs.gov, from 2000 to 2008, the latest timeframe the IRS has statistics, the top 1 percent’s income rose by 26 percent, and the bottom ninety percent rose 32 percent. Translation when taxes are low, everyone gets rich, even the government. Tax Revenues rose during this period as well. By contrast it’s been proven historically and currently in California, New York, Illinois, and Oregon that higher taxes on the “rich” don’t generate higher revenues.
Mr. Obama has a tendency to mix ideology with fantasy. 1 trillion in tax cuts, when it’s actually 700 billion in tax cuts. Numerous reports during the healthcare debate show that only 32 million Americans are without health care coverage, the 45 million numbers came from including illegal immigrants in the numbers. In his speech, the President again trotted an even larger number, fifty million, stating that they had to lose their healthcare coverage to reduce the deficit. The nation was exposed to rhetorical jujutsu such as “spending reductions of the tax code.” For those without a thesaurus, that’s a tax increase on everyone. The speech is rife with ideas as old as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter.
There are two visions for America; that we are able to have a limited constrained government where we govern ourselves, or a large government that must protect us from ourselves with “insurances” such as Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment. We as a nation must choose whether we believe in ourselves, or a group of people who we appoint as our “protectors.” When is the last time government did anything right? The choice is clear, Jefferson, Washington and Lincoln or Marx, Wilson, and Lenin.