Columnist Janet Daley recently wrote a wonderful article in the Daily Telegraph, a British publication, in anticipation of Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to the United States this week. She writes eloquently writes: "America has learned, thanks to Barack Obama's crash course in European-style government, about the titanic forces of class differences. The President's determination to transform the United States into a social democracy, complete with a centrally run health care program and a redistributive tax system, has collided rather magnificently with America's history as a nation of displaced people who were prepared to risk their futures on a bid to be free from the power of the state." (emphasis added)
She chronicles some examples starting with the "handwriting on the wall" incident with Joe the Plumber phenomena and Obama's comment to "spread the wealth around." As she states, people who became successes and wealthy prefer to put their wealth back into their businesses (hint: it is called job creation) rather than trust the government with that money. Because the handwriting was not read, she states there is now an "electoral alliance of the educated...self-consciously enlightened class with the poor and deprived." Put another way, it is the liberals who are deserting Obama while those in the middle are deserting him to a greater degree. And she says the same thing has happened in Britain as the tone of disdain towards the "aspiring middle class" is exhibited.
As she states: "To express concern about mass immigration, or reservations about the Obama health care plan, is unacceptable...because this is simply not the way educated people are supposed to think. It follows that those who do think this way are small-minded bigots, rednecks, oiks, or whatever your local code word is..." Perhaps, the NAACP should take heed. And she indeed states that to disagree with the liberal Obama agenda for America is to risk being branded a racist. Hmmm...
The result is that the Democrats are now seen as having abandoned their traditional base- the working class blue-collar workers. And this is exactly what happened in Britain with the Labour Party when they turned their back on their base who voiced concerns about welfare claimants and immigration.
Correctly, she points out that there is no going back for the Obama Administration in its march towards socialism. In fact, look at his legislative record thus far where he has expanded the scope of the federal government into so many segments of the economy: health care, banking, investment, the auto industry. On the table and in the pipes are such nice sounding things as card check legislation, cap-and-trade energy legislation, the DISCLOSE Act and God knows how many other 2500-page monstrosities out there. Then there are the more immediate concerns like extending unemployment benefits which need to be paid for, the anticipated expiration of the Bush tax cuts at the end of this year, hate crimes laws and the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. Incidentally, the job in Iraq is not completed while he placed a ridiculous timetable on the war in Afghanistan while tying the hands of the military.
This is not a perfect storm of malady brought about by his predecessor who will invariably blame. Stimulus, DADT reform, cap and trade, the auto industry take over, the health care reform debacle, not to mention that he took us to a deficit which is 9.9% of GDP in two short years are all crises of Obama's making. DADT has worked quite well since the Clinton Administration while cap and trade is being rushed through Congress based on some hypothetical that even its proponents are now saying that it will cost Americans jobs at a time when the unemployment rate hovers above 9%. As for the auto industry, there was a mechanism in place- bankruptcy. Incidentally, bankruptcy laws are more constitutional than industry take overs by the government. And health care reform could have been done in 40 pages with less government intrusion, covering more people and lowering costs along the way. Instead, Obama continues to fan the flames of partisanship by stating that Republicans are making a point on the backs of the common workers. Instead, the NAACP- an organization disgraced for the fact they never condemned racism within their own ranks- accuses those who stand up for traditional American values which a British columnist has a better grasp of than any member or czar of the Obama administration of racism. This is so typical of Obama's modus operandi since his days in Illinois politics. While standing back on a pedestal of being the "first post-racial President," he allows his cronies and surrogate mouthpieces spew the charges of racism against those who disagree with him.
While she mentions at the conclusion of the article that the most depressing thing about this is that the people who have been disenfranchised and marginalized are the very ones on whom economic recovery depends. I hink it more sad that a British columnist gets it better than the President of the United States.