Taking a hatchet to moderate government

Go ahead, attack promoters of moderate government. Paint them as flakes, kooks and goons. Call them unhinged and unglued. Toxic, mean-spirited, shrill and dangerous.

Nothing would please us more than your persisting in mislabeling or misunderstanding — the effect is the same — what angers the majority of Americans.

Convince yourself that dissenters to your engorgement of government are doing it because they are racists and bigots. Like columnist Frank Rich, who in Sunday’s New York Times said opposition to the health care bill was spawned by bigotry: “The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play.”

Don’t give anyone credit for objecting to where you’re leading the country because your path is misdirected. Please, please, continue your crusade to alienate more and more honest and worried Americans who see great danger in the extreme expansion that government has undergone in the last few years.

You’ve already done a great job of dividing the country, but don’t stop now. Seventy-eight percent, including 82 percent of independents, think government spending is out of control. Eighty-one percent are fed up with the growing deficit and 73 percent with government spending. Sure, deride the poll because it came fromFox News; ignore the clarity of American anger.

Continue your merry way to balloon government. Today, for example, President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign into law a government takeover of the student loan program. Not a lot of people noticed this significant change because it was done in the shadow of the health insurance debate. Next up comes legislation to broaden Washington’s involvement into state and local schools, including the setting of national school standards.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican whomDemocrats love to hate, is getting a larger dose of ridicule than usual for asserting that the federal government now has taken over ownership or control of 51 percent of the nation’s economy. She doesn’t cite the source for the information, and my first reaction was disbelief. Yes, ObamaDemCare is a takeover of 17 percent of the economy, but how did we get to 51 percent? So, start adding it up: ownership positions in two of the nation’s three car companies, in Freddie MacFannie Mae, banks, the country’s biggest insurance company. You still probably don’t get to 51 percent, but it’s a lot.

Whoever — George W. Bush or Obama, Republicans or Democrats — started this cascade, it’s getting unnerving. Hundreds of billions of “stimulus” money. Official government debt expected in nine years to equal nearly all goods and services produced in the United States. Foreign ownership of our many IOUs. More stimulus money going down state and local sinkholes that will get ever deeper because they’re in trouble too.

Yes, the country’s anger is a reflection of the unpopularity of redoing of the nation’s health care system. But the upset is caused by more than the health care law and the way it was pushed through Congress in violation of Obama’s campaign promises of truth and goodness. It’s caused by more than the wild ride that is taking us into fiscal disaster. It’s also caused by the endless portrayal, as by Rich and others, of sensible Americans as brick-throwing and violent dopes. Too rustic to understand real-world “complexities.”

For every brick-thrower, spitter and bigot and for every hyperbolic politician and egomaniacal talk-radio host, millions of other Americans are justifiably enraged. What angers many Americans is the abandonment of a concept that laid the foundation of the Constitution and the nation itself: limited government. Millions of Americans who sense a suffocating future in an overblown government are reflective, intelligent and informed. They’d laugh at, if it weren’t so dumbfounding, Obama’s assertion last week that his programs “look beyond the next election to do what’s right for the next generation.”

Mock those Americans, if you must, for knowing that the direction we’re headed fails to do what’s right for the next generation. But that’s where we’re headed, and your ridiculing those whose distress is honest and real doesn’t solve the problem.


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  • Oh Dennis, Dennis, Dennis! Are you really that stupid, or are you really that dishonest? "a government takeover of the student loan program."???
    It's a FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAM, Dennis! Always has been! Only now, instead of it being administered by private banks, who collect fat fees (at TAXPAYER expense, Dennis!) while assuming NONE of the risk, the middlemen will be cut out, allowing tens of millions of additional dollars to go towards actually making college loans and grants, rather than fattening the bottom line of the banksters.
    Surely you know this Dennis, or are you that stupid? Or are you that dishonest? Either possibility is disturbing.

  • http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703312504575141943090519772.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLETopStories

  • Well Dennis, since I'm not a wingnut I don't subscribe to the WSJ, so I was only able to read the first paragraph or so, which didn't strike me as a news item, but simply another frothing at the mouth wingnut like yourself who likes to play with language. You're a dinosaur Dennis. Buy bye now.

  • In reply to whodathunkit:

    You might want to check out Sallie Mae, a publicly traded company and the largest originator of student loans. Here's what the new law does: "all private lenders will be banned from originating student loans, with the federal Department of Education stepping in to become the sole provider of loans through a government-backed program."

  • In reply to whodathunkit:

    Of course, any private lender will be free to continue to provide student loans, and students will be free to patronize such institutions for their loans if they wish. Only the banks will no longer be collecting the interest and fees while the taxpayer guarantees the loans. And yes, I'm aware that the execs at Sallie Mae are worried that their multi-million dollar compensation might be threatened by this. Boo-hoo.

  • In reply to whodathunkit:

    "For every brick-thrower, spitter and bigot and for every hyperbolic politician and egomaniacal talk-radio host, millions of other Americans are justifiably enraged"

    So let's say there's 100 million people against the health care bill. I guess only 50 of 'em are bigots--is Byrne naive enough to believe that there's virtually NO racist element to the opposition? There's certainly a good argument to be made that this bill is a bad idea,but let's be realistic about how much of the objection is motivated by hate...

  • In reply to whodathunkit:

    Mr. Byrne,Somehow people do not see a problem with another government program.Again name 1 program, ANY government program that operates correctly.It will get loaded up with appointments and cronyism.They will pick who gets what,another social engineering adjustment.both sides have their wackos,oh I'm sorry just us right wing christian zealots.

  • In reply to whodathunkit:

    On the issue of being a bigot for opposing healthcare.I was also a sexist for opposing Hillary.All liberals are for freedom of speach as long as it agrees with them.I am not opposed to the presidents blackness I'm opposed to his policies.Get over the color thing,I did along time ago.I find it amazing that liberals are always playing the race card.Start a new game already.

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