As hype around the general election ramps up, it looks like progressives again will do anything to hold on to power and advance their agenda. Events this week gave us a peek behind the curtain into the mind of the honest, “tolerant” class and exposed how they work. Let’s take a look.
The Shell Game
One thing about political lefties: They assume the general public is even dumber than their ideas. Surveys repeatedly show Americans are not liberal, that the word evokes a negative reaction from a large percentage of people.
So what do they do? They start calling themselves “progressives” and continue to push the exact same left-wing, anti-liberty agenda people have roundly rejected in the past. But a turd sandwich agenda with a fancy wrapper and a focus-grouped name (one whose history is fully and devastatingly exposed by Jonah Goldberg in his best-selling Liberal Fascism) won’t make a turd sandwich any more palatable. That’s why they have to mislead and obfuscate about who they are, what they’re doing and why.
This week, the day after asking for another trillion dollars in spending, President Obama gave a speech about how he wants to shrink government. His plan to combine several departments within the Commerce Department, shrink the federal work force by about 1,000 and save an estimated $3 billion over 10 years, was hailed as “bold” by progressives and an example of how seriously he takes our current fiscal mess.
They were counting on, and got, compliance by the media in not reporting that this “bold initiative” save approximately 3/4 of one day’s worth of the deficit Obama has racked up ($4 billion). That means that if the president’s plan were enacted, by 6 p.m. today, the federal government will have added the same amount of debt as this “bold” plan saves over 10 years.
Progressives play a constant game of three-card monte with their intentions, couching their goals in sad, worst-case scenarios presented as the norm, always with accompanying anecdotes about those who suffer or will suffer without some expansion of government.