When I did something stupid as a teenager, my parents would say, “You know better!” They were right. In most cases it wasn’t that I didn’t know the right thing to do; it was that I was in rebellion because I wanted to do my own thing. Intelligence wasn’t the issue.
The liberals who currently lead our government are intelligent people. Barack Obama and Harry Reid, for example, both have advanced academic degrees from prestigious institutions of higher learning. So why are these intelligent people supporting policies that they know are based on false premises?
On Health Care:
Why are liberals relentlessly pushing for the ultimate government takeover of health care when they know that socialized medicine—as with socialized anything—increases cost and reduces quality and access wherever it’s tried? And why are they claiming their program will save money when they know their cost estimates are based on accounting gimmicks (such as ten years of taxes for six years of benefits) that hide the true ballooning cost of another unaffordable entitlement program?
On the Debt:
Why do liberals claim that we must “spend our way out of bankruptcy” (a Joe Biden assertion) when they know that a $1.6 trillion deficit—that’s spending $50,000 every second this year more than we have —creates an avalanche of debt that will bury future generations? It’s nothing short of immoral. In fact, it’s fiscal child abuse of our children and grandchildren.
On Taxes, Jobs and the Economy:
Why do liberals decry “tax cuts for the rich” when they know that tax rate reductions across the board, including “the rich,” have the undeniable history of spurring economic growth, creating jobs, and increasing revenue to the government? They also know the poor don’t pay taxes, so their rhetoric is nothing but divisive class warfare.
On the Poor:
Why do liberals attempt to “help” the poor through socialist policies when they know that the only way to alleviate poverty is to create more wealth which only capitalism can do? Socialism can’t create wealth, only dependency and mediocrity. In fact, socialism doesn’t end poverty—it perpetuates poverty.
Why do liberals trap our children in a failing education monopoly when they know that school choice improves academic outcomes wherever it is tried? School choice was even working in Washington, D.C. schools until liberals under Obama’s leadership ended that success, much to the dismay of poor parents and their kids.
Frank Turek is coauthor of I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, and the author of Stealing from God: Why atheists need God to make their case. See more of his work at CrossExamined.org.