Sunday, January 25, 2009

Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt

America's got debt fever and the only prescription is more socialism.

Democratic administrations since FDR, particularly the Clinton Administration, pushed government involvement in home lending. They did it backed by the same kind of cheery "Every American Deserves to Own a Home" rhetoric, we're already hearing from the Office of the Imaginary President in his speeches.

But of course while every American might deserve to own a home, not every American can realistically afford to own a home. Ignoring that reality requires making a lot of bad loans, that were made with the best of politically correct intentions.

Liberal fatcats like the Sandlers got filthy stinking rich off those loans and kicked over their profits to fund and found ultra-liberal groups that would promote liberal candidates, including a certain friend of Chicago slumlords, Barry Hussein.

Wall Street firms had a ball with them until the bottom dropped out, and off they went to D.C. with their hands out. "Give us a bailout," they cried. And as corrupt and greedy as they were, they had a point. They were going back to the source of the problem.

It was government intervention that birthed the monster in the first place. From the old days of the old Democratic party where FDR used his control over banks to enforce racially segregated home loans, and created Fannie Mae, to the modern days of the Clinton and Obama Administrations, whose top officials, including Rahm Emanuel, had their dirty little hands all over it, used home mortgages to troll for votes.

Now that that monster had collapsed, instead of letting it die, the prescription for a problem caused at its root by government intervention, was of course more government intervention. Because you can just never have too much of a bad thing.

Amid all that talk about warning signs, no one had the guts to place the blame on inappropriate government involvement as the root cause, combined with the stupidity of people who took out mortgages they couldn't afford, and instead of taking responsibility, went to the voting booth to vote themselves some more Pie in the Sky, from Obama's Endless Wagon of Giveaways.

But that's the point of socialism. Why be responsible when you can just go deeper in debt and rob the taxpayer blind. It works for individuals, and for governments too.

Now the auto industry wants a bailout too. And why shouldn't they. Good old Uncle FDR rammed through the National Labor Relations Act and intimidated the Supreme Court into dropping any objections to its blatant unconstitutionality. The NLRB put unions in the driver's seat, creating a huge well funded base for the Democratic party, while strangling entire industries to death. This of course didn't matter to FDR or any of his successors, so long as the money and the votes kept coming in to the Democratic party.

America began losing industry after industry, which moved overseas to China or across the border to Mexico, or anywhere they could operate freely. Democrats responded by imposing even more regulations on industries, only accelerating the whole process. As a result the biggest growth area for union jobs is in workplaces directly funded or controlled by the government.

The automotive industry can survive one of two ways, it can jettison the UAW monkey on its back, not likely considering that the party who rakes in the union dues just won big, or it can become a subsidiary of the government, which looks increasingly likely. And that is the beauty of socialism, everything it touches fails, but never actually collapses or dies, until the whole socialist beast itself perishes. Which means you can safely expect more bailouts and a lot more regulations, keeping the environmentalist and the 75 dollar an hour union worker happy, while ripping off the taxpayer with both hands, and killing what's left of the American auto industry by a slow death.

Socialism means never having to make the tough decisions, except when you have 3 beds and 4 patients, and as patients in the UK and Canada know, no amount of noble speeches will fix that. Failure is the free market's warning system. If you're going the wrong way, you'll find out when you see all the cars swerving the other way and see the guard rail coming up ahead. It may hurt, but if you use your head, you've got a good chance of surviving it.

Socialism by contrast has no warning system. The windows are hung over with black cloth and the only time you figure out anything is wrong, is when you're already plummeting over the cliff. Instead of a crash, life becomes grim, shortages become constant, finding what you need, whether it's medical care, transportation or food, becomes first a struggle and then requires living outside the law. And yet the television chirpily keeps telling you that things couldn't be any better. Yes we can folks, yes we can!

Socialism is the answer to a very simple equation. If you refuse to take responsibility for yourself, someone else will take it for you. If millions of people grow used to the government taking responsibility for them, we call it socialism. But who becomes responsible for the government? The answer is no one. In totalitarian socialism, blame is passed down the line to the weak. In bureaucratic socialism, the blame is buried in the paperwork. And on the rare occasions that failure is admitted, what follows is a call for more of the same.

But the debt still piles up and things still get worse. And you can only bail out so much water, before you have to admit there's a hole in the boat. You can only bail out so much money, before you admit that there's a hole in the system, and the money can only have value, so long as everyone keeps ignoring the giant hole. Guess how long that works for? Try and guess, if you get it right, there may be a Nobel Prize in Economics in it for you.

There are two solutions to the current crisis, either the the government restores responsibility to its citizens and the free market, or the government will devour the citizens and the free market to create a vast financial and regulatory shell game that will end with the collapse of the entire system. There are no shortcuts around responsibility, only different ways of getting to the same place. And the longer the trip, the more painful the  final destination.


Keli Ata said...

Obama will inject millions upon millions into HUD and every small Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) program in the country.

Low income people still won't be able to afford homes of their own and the only people getting richer are the people on the boards of these NHS programs.

Such a scam that few in the media ever bother to investigate. The idea is that low income folks, via NHS help will somehow miraculously be able to afford a home in a poor neighborhood, pay taxes (even though they only make minimum wage or are on disability or welfare).

Except tax season rolls around as it always does. The homes are foreclosed.

The NHS/HUD takes possession of the house, sells it to some outside developer (aka slumlord) who rents it to scum and the neighborhood becomes even more crime-ridden than it was in the first place.

Yep. That's the Obama/Liberal/Socialist way of fulfilling the American dream beginning with homeownership.

Then when the neighborhood becomes "at risk" a nice euphamism for hell hole the government will pour millions into Weed and Seed, which never really works anyways.

More shadow governments to operate these Weed and Seed programs.

Sorry if I sound cynical but I've heard these pie in the sky plans at too many block club meetings, Community Summits, and read about them in too many Master Plans to have any faith in them.

But to get more on topic--there's a big difference between FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps and what Obama is proposing: The generation in FDR's time actually had a strong work ethic and had more sense than to live above their means.

Udiyah said...

Obama wants to push us over the edge after tying both of our legs and one of our arms behind our back. He's going to hold out the golden rope for us and we'll have no choice but to grab for it. And think for a minute, why all the funding for birth control and emphasis on providing abortion. He wants to control the population.(China style) It's the Grand Social experiment our schools have been preparing the kids for. With all the multy culty moral relativism brainwashing. Change is about to appear. I want to invite them to my house and serve them a cat turd coated in cat sand and call it almond rocha -- and please...don't be judgemental ;-)

Keli Ata said...

Udiyah--Yes. Absolutely right on the money. Once there's China-esque birth control gets instituted in all of its ugliness then euthanasia, infanticide, forced sterilization (which will start with Medicaid funded and promoted sterilization and) and finally, horribly--genocide.

He's about as much of a champion of the poor as Margaret Sanger was.

Perhaps I am over-reacting, being melodramatic but that is my ultimate Barack Obama/Socialism nightmare.

It'll start out small but hey, Hitler didn't come into power with dozens of death camps already built and ready for use.

I didn't feel this way about other liberal presidents. Obama gives me for lack of a better term--bad vibe. A Nazi vibe. I can't help but think everything about him and the worship and defense of him is making the hair on the back of my neck stick up for a reason.

My question is whether Obama is going into this with an evil agenda or if something else is at play.

I know, not a rationale argument to get people not to vote for him again in four, eight or ten years but it's the way I feel.

Udiyah said...

Keli Ata:

Your instincts are right on target. It's chilling how history is repeating itself and no-one seems to notice -- especially Jews.

You can tell Obama's all about power by what he did the first day in office. It's all about race and class - white construction workers need not apply. And it didn't take long for reparations to be brought front and center. Who was the first "world leader" he called? And guess who his first formal TV interview is with? Al Arabiya!!

Lemon said...

Economy only grows when people make money. As the poorest person succeeds so goes the economy.
The gov needs to bring back business to the US by cutting taxes on corporations drastically and taxes on individuals more than has been done in the past.
Lawmakers must stop feeding themselves at the nation's expense.
Laws must favor businesses that hire and stay American and penalize those who move offshore.

Anonymous said...

And who's going to lead the charge at the US Treasury? None other than a tax cheat...That's change you can believe in. We no longer have to wait until our leaders are in office to uncover their dirty and dishonest's now part of the political landscape a la Chgo style.

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