The President’s popularity is crashing, congressional Democrats are on the run, and America is about to make a shift to the “right” in the upcoming elections –right?
I’ll believe it when I see it. The electoral outcomes of this year are still unknown, but this we do know: for the past six years Americans have displayed not only a tolerance, but an appetite for big and abusive government. For those of us who are seeing this clearly, there are some lessons to be learned amid the insanity.
Even as Mr. Obama himself continuously and arbitrarily changes and delays implementation of the disastrous healthcare law that he brought about (all without congressional approval), his faithful followers in the media insist that “the law is more resilient than you think” and that it simply needs to be “fixed.”
Meanwhile the rest of us across the country find ourselves on the run from our government, hoping and praying that we don’t need serious medical care anytime soon or that our insurance plans and jobs don’t both get “cancelled.” Even the New York Times had to admit in a recent news story that, because it raises taxes and drives up the cost of every facet of healthcare, the Obamacare agenda is hammering middle class Americans who “aren’t poor enough” to qualify for the president’s healthcare subsidies.
What can we learn from this debacle? In the interest of not repeating the same mistakes, consider this:
We should all stop believing in the magical promises of politicians: President Obama promised that his legislation would produce better quality health care for more people, and that the higher-quality health care would cost less money. But how could that have ever been a realistic promise? Goods and services have to be paid for somehow. The President’s rhetoric was the economic equivalent of alchemy – the mythical chemical process of turning fecal matter in to gold.
Arguably, the American people were duped by this. Not once, but twice did we vote to make the man with specious claims our President. And along with Barack Obama’s magical promises about health care are his and congressional members’ promises for reducing the cost of higher education, even as student loan debt among college graduates is at an all time high.
The modern-day liberal political agenda promises a government program to meet every human being’s needs at every stage of life. Americans need to sober-up and realize that there is no government program that can substitute for hard work, frugality, stewardship and productivity. And the more we vote for our government to meet our needs, the more we are subject to the whims of politicians and bureaucrats.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.