Can You Believe The Reports?
Or Your Own Lyin’ Ears?
There’s an amazing (read: brutal) discussion going on at The Volokh Conspiracy about an post by Todd Zywicky that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, where Pete DuPont lists the seven things he believes we can expect to happen if Sen. Obama is elected. The preponderance of the comments say that the list’s author is either out of his mind or slandering the Senator (and that Todd Zywicky is a hack for reproducing the list in the blog). Others say “… um – it’s a fair representation of Obama’s own words on these issues”. Here’s the list.
So where is the new Obama administration likely to take us? Seven things seem certain:
The U.S. military will withdraw from Iraq quickly and substantially, regardless of conditions on the ground or the obvious consequence of emboldening terrorists there and around the globe.
Protectionism will become our national trade policy; free trade agreements with other nations will be reduced and limited.
Income taxes will rise on middle- and upper-income people and businesses, and individuals will pay much higher Social Security taxes, all to carry out the new president’s goals of “spreading the wealth around.”
Federal government spending will substantially increase. The new Obama proposals come to more than $300 billion annually, for education, health care, energy, environmental and many other programs, in addition to whatever is needed to meet our economic challenges. Mr. Obama proposes more than a 10% annual spending growth increase, considerably higher than under the first President Bush (6.7%), Bill Clinton (3.3%) or George W. Bush (6.4%).
Federal regulation of the economy will expand, on everything from financial management companies to electricity generation and personal energy use.
The power of labor unions will substantially increase, beginning with repeal of secret ballot voting to decide on union representation.
Free speech will be curtailed through the re imposition of the Fairness Doctrine to limit the conservative talk radio that so irritates the liberal establishment.
These policy changes will be the beginning of the Europeanization of America. There will be many more public policy changes with similar goals—nationalized health care, Kyoto-like global-warming policies, and increased education regulation and spending.
Additional tax advantages for lower and middle income people will be enacted: a 10% mortgage tax credit that would average about $500 per household per year, a $4,000 tax credit for college tuition, a tax credit covering half of child-care expenses up to $6,000 per year, and even a $7,000 credit for purchase of a clean car.
Unbridled rightist propaganda and scare mongering? Well, here’s Jonah Goldberg in the LA Times.
Officially, Obama says he is not advocating single-payer healthcare. That would seem too un-moderate. But in 2003, Obama told the AFL-CIO that “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal healthcare program. … And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.”
Note: If Obama wins next week, all three of his preconditions will have been met, and his colleagues in the House and Senate are itching like junkies for a new New Deal.
So what do you do when confronted by words captured in a political campaign, and words captured that were thought to be forgotten? It’s not like this is an isolated issue, you know. I mean, even if you start with his pledge on campaign financing, how many times has the Senator reversed himself already?
Putting the two together make me think that the preponderance of commenters to the blog post are in deep denial.