Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 10/16/15
From the Democratic candidates debate the other night the word that comes to mind is, “oblivious.” All of them – frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders especially so – are in a headlong rush to the left, oblivious to the fact that the majority of Americans are, on a number of key issues, moving to the right.
One such issue is government. According to any number of public opinion polls, one of the top concerns voiced by voters is the size and scope of government. The majority of Americans now believe that government has gotten too big and is trying to do too much.
Yet, the candidates stood on the debate stage in Las Vegas and did little other than promise more government – from universal health care to activism on “climate change” to free college for everyone.
What no debate moderator ever asks of Democrats – indeed what too few Republicans ever ask of Democrats – is this: How have the big government programs of the past half century worked in actual practice?
A truthful answer, if you could get one, is ‘not so well.’
The redistributionist, big government programs that began taking root in the 1960s have done very little to help the poor or expand opportunity while doing a great deal to damage the fiscal health of the country.
- We have spent more than $17 trillion since 1965 on anti-poverty programs and yet the poverty rate remains essentially unchanged from when those programs were launched.
- We have twisted the marketplace for health care into a grotesque and unrecognizable shape in the name of making health care more affordable and yet health care is more unaffordable for more Americans than ever before.
- We as a nation spend more per pupil on education than every country in the world save for Switzerland and yet the academic performance of American students is among the worst in the developed world.
All of this big government spending has done little to make the lives of ordinary Americans better while doing much to cloud the future for our kids and grandkids.
Yet Hillary and Bernie prattle on.
What the country needs desperately is a robustly growing economy. However nothing the Dems said on that stage in Las Vegas will bring one about.
Democrats and their media enablers are remarkably oblivious to the fact that the states and cities that most enthusiastically embrace Democratic policies are always the ones with the weakest economies, the greatest financial distress and the largest out-migration of wealth, talent and capital. (Just ask the mayor of Torrance, California why he lost Toyota’s USA headquarters to Plano.)
Since the 1960s, none of the pet policies of those aging 1960s children that we saw on the Democratic debate stage has worked. From welfare to education to health care to economic policy. None of them.
And yet, Hillary and Bernie and the rest remain truly (or willingly) oblivious as they continue in their race to get to the left of one another.
Lord help us if one of them wins.