Cap and Trade, the biggest tax increase in American History, sailed through Congress without anybody even bothering to read it. What will prove to be perhaps the biggest historical change to the American way of life seemed nothing more than a Congressional mouse click, the Terms of Service Agreement on a new software installation. What is it about Democrats that they have such trust in other Democrats?
There was no debate, no discussion; in fact the bill wasn't even finished when they started voting on it. Yet they all knew they would like everything in the bill, and rushed the vote. I'm somewhat envious of the common goal they all seem to share, but I'm also suspicious of why nobody bothered to read it. Granted it was fifteen hundred pages, Fourth of July recess, and the deposit on the Martha's Vineyard cottage wasn't refundable.
I think there is also something else at work here: Democrats tend to have more faith in the system than they have in the individual. When President Reagan tried to close the Department of Education, he was considered to be against education. It's not just spin, Democrats really think that way. They feel it's important to keep the Department of Education, because without it, there will be no education. Without the Department of Health, we would all be sick; without the Department of Commerce, the economy would fold. Ditto for the FDA, the FCC, FAA, and the rest of the alphabet soup.
I've been a fan of Rush Limbaugh for quite some time; he is an incredible source for information and salient points. Unfortunately, I can't repeat anything I hear in front of Democrats, because once you do, your point is considered moot. It doesn't matter if the statistic you quote comes from the Congressional Budget Office or the United Nations, if you say you've heard it on Rush Limbaugh, your point is dismissed, and the conversation is over. (Not only don't Democrats want to listen to Rush, they don't want to listen to anyone who admits to listening to Rush.) Yet, these same people claim to know everything about Rush. How is that possible?
Democrats don't have to listen to Rush, (or Fox News either) because there are other people charged with that task. Organizations like Media Matters do all the dirty work then translate it for all the Lefties. So they never have to soil their mind by exposing it to a contrary opinions, or risk being converted to Conservatism. (For some reason, people on the Left believe they are incredibly susceptible to brainwashing, so they feel it is better not to listen to anything contrary.)
I assume the same thing happened with the energy bill. Like the trust they put on Media Matters to tell the truth about Rush, there are people in the Party they trust to read the bill. Since it had the Waxman-Markey brand on the label, Democrats knew there was nothing but good old-fashioned Marxism inside.
There is nothing more secure to Democrats than a big bureaucracy--it makes them feel safe. Perhaps that's why so many of them linger on in colleges longer than the average American. Inefficient bureaucracies and musty old buildings with union swept halls are warm fuzzy places for them. These people are the kind that like being looked after--it is the natural state of the Left.
They want to live under a huge bureaucracy that will direct their life, from the time they are born into a government hospital through their time in government schools, then punch the clock at a government job until a government appointed doctor gives them an assisted suicide. A Democrat Utopia would be like a human zoo where the lions are kept separate from the zebras, every one is fed, and the doctor comes round once a year. Just keep re-electing Democrats who will insure the air is clean, your food is safe, your retirement is secure, and the tithe is paid.
That's a big one. When you decide to become a Democrat, the need for you to ever contribute to charity is completely eliminated. Every election cycle Democrat candidates are exposed for being skinflints when the 1040s are released. There is always a ridiculously small number on the lines of where charitable deductions are listed. The contribution is always so small you would think it was an accident, like they thought their $100 donation to the Breast Foundation was a subscription to a porn site.
In actuality, I think they believe that membership in the Democrat Party is their donation to charity. The Party is their Church and the leaders are their clerics. Why should Al Gore give more than a couple hundred bucks to charitable causes when he has made his life work saving the earth from prosperity? (That could explain why so many of Obama's appointees didn't feel the need to pay taxes--churches are tax-exempt.)
Never mind that Gore's "charitable'” works have netted him billions. That's just a bonus, and as most people like Gore will tell you, the nature of his job requires certain amenities. The Pope doesn't fly coach either.
I've yet to meet a public "servant" that didn't whine about being underpaid and brag about how much more they could make in the private sector. Personally, I think it is the duty of Americans to help out these dedicated "servants" by removing them of their obligation and set them free to find their fortune.
If you don't want to read your assignments, it's time to get a job. We need to make Democrats learn responsibility. Call it "tough love." We need to lock the Democrats out of Government, the same way that a parent might eventually need to change the locks on the house while a 30-year-old child is at the Arcade. We need to tear down their posters, throw away the bongs, and put their X-boxes out on the back porch. Let's turn the basement into an exercise room.
Our next opportunity is coming in 2010.