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Steve Brenan Dislikes America, or So I Imagine He Does

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Steve Brenan of the Washington Monthly (which I found via memeorandum) begins his blog post ‘None Dare Call it Sabotage’ this way…

Consider a thought experiment. Imagine you actively disliked the United States, and wanted to deliberately undermine its economy. What kind of positions would you take to do the most damage?

Let’s play the game! Close your eyes and take a minute to think about the policies you would put in place if you disliked America- the kind that would really do the most damage. What did you come up with?

In my mind, those positions that you would take to do the most damage to America would be those positions that damaged our long-term economic strength, eroded our historical values, weakened our security, opened up our borders to invasion, piled up debt, moved people from jobs to welfare, and granted other nations power over our domestic and foreign affairs. To be honest, the stimulus bill might have helped provide employment for people in favored union industries, but long-term, it is a policy designed to do considerable damage to America. Obamacare appears nice to some groups and rewards those who don’t take care of themselves, but in the long term will be costly for the government to provide and will encourage structural irresponsibility, and includes death panels and money for abortions, both of which I also consider damaging positions for America. Letting pot be legalized, letting illegal immigrants flow into America, suing states that try to close the borders, encouraging gay marriage, doing little to stop the breakdown of the traditional family structure, funneling more money to killing unborn babies, working to remove firearms from law-abiding citizens, stealing money from my children and grandchildren to give higher salaries to government employees today, and letting Iran get nuclear weapons I would also consider positions taken to harm America by those who dislike our nation.

The funny thing is, after much thought (for a liberal), Steve arrived at a much different conclusion than I did. This is what he imagined:

You might start with rejecting the advice of economists and oppose any kind of stimulus investments. You’d also want to cut spending and take money out of the economy, while blocking funds to states and municipalities, forcing them to lay off more workers. You’d no doubt want to cut off stimulative unemployment benefits, and identify the single most effective jobs program of the last two years (the TANF Emergency Fund) so you could kill it.

You might then take steps to stop the Federal Reserve from trying to lower the unemployment rate. You’d also no doubt want to create massive economic uncertainty by vowing to gut the national health care system, promising to re-write the rules overseeing the financial industry, vowing re-write business regulations in general, considering a government shutdown, and even weighing the possibly of sending the United States into default.

You might want to cover your tracks a bit, and say you have an economic plan that would help — a tax policy that’s already been tried — but you’d do so knowing that such a plan has already proven not to work.

It’s almost as if there really is a bizzaro world out there, where up is down, left is right, and wrong is right. Every liberal program that I said was bad (because it was paid for by debt, encouraged unemployment, discouraged private initiative and hard work and responsibility, and was contrary to the historical values on which our nation was founded) he said was good. Every policy item that he pointed as something that would be good for America I saw as being bad for America.

I guess there is only one way to really test this stuff out. Let’s let the Republicans run things for a couple years and then compare that to when Democrats ran things…. oh my word, we’ve done that (2000-2006 vs 2008 to 2010 is the only real comparison, although if you want to compare Michigan’s growth from 1990 to 2002 vs 2002 to 2010, that’d be fair too) and based on that evidence, liberals like Steve are wrong and conservatives like me are right. See my posts Graph Comparing Unemployment Rate For GOP and Democrat Senators, Democrats=Higher Poverty, or my lengthy personal statistical analysis post Employment-Population Ratio Drops to 58.5%.

The data don’t lie. Steve doesn’t like America. I imagined it so.

UPDATE: For more of my thoughts about bizzaro world, please check out my earlier post 100 Years of Trying- Communism Wins in the End Though or my more indepth analysis of bizzaroness Bizarro World and the Israeli-Hamas Conflict.

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  • Doomed

    This is the most anti-business administration perhaps in the history of America.

    The Clean Air Act is designed to protect public health by measuring aggregate pollution in each geographic area, it limits economic development in communities where the pollution levels exceed prescribed standards.

    But carbon dioxide doesn’t poison anyone. It makes no sense to ban factory expansion in areas where the nature of the industries is that there will be high carbon dioxide levels (like oil area of Texas and Louisiana). But that’s what the EPA plans to do, virtually making economic growth illegal in large parts of the United States.

    The reason of course is to do damage to the system in such a way that requires massive legislation and subsequent REGULATION with the unintended consequences of bringing about socialism into this nation.

    We know the ultimate goal of socialism is communism and there you have it….I think we call communist organizers community organizers these days. IM not sure. Just ask Barak Obama. He would most likely know.

  • http://the-classic-liberal.com/ theCL

    A few thoughts …

    You might start with rejecting the advice of economists

    The Austrian School economists have called every bubble over the last 100+ years and have been so incredibly right about the economy it’s almost frightening. That is, until you realize Austrian economics is based on common sense instead of collective mathematical models. So, I wish we had listened to economists, instead of Keynesian economic posers.

    Letting pot be legalized

    When they banned alcohol, they still had an ounce of respect for the Constitution and thus passed an amendment. So, the War on Drugs as is, violates the Constitution.

    Then there’s the slippery slope … The War on Drugs gave way to 4th amendment rot, eventually paving the way for TSA airport molestations. The War on Drugs has also been used to greatly expand the commerce clause. The Obama administration is currently using the Raich decision (War on Drugs) as case law to defend ObamaCare.

    Then of course there’s that little thing called Natural Rights. Put simply, there is no such thing as a right to put a gun to someone’s head, cuff him, and lock him in a cage for smoking a joint. Doesn’t exist. How could it? Who is born with this special power?

    And if the government can regulate your intake of one substance, say marijuana, then they can regulate your intake of anything, like broccoli for example. And don’t forget the legions of botched no-knock raids that have resulted in dead children, dead pets, and a host of other state-inflicted evils.

    “Drugs are bad, mmmkay,” may be true, but that’s not enough to support our current unconstitutional, rights violating and violent War on Drugs.

    Let’s let the Republicans run things for a couple years and then compare that to when Democrats ran things…. oh my word, we’ve done that (2000-2006 vs 2008 to 2010 is the only real comparison

    This country is in serious jeopardy. We are near FUBAR. So let’s be honest with each other instead of partisan, OK?

    The policies of the Republicans (2000-2006) are directly responsible for the economic mess we’re in. They grew the size and scope of government greater than any president in the history of the US prior to Obama. Yes, GWB was worse than Wilson, FDR, or LBJ. Pretending otherwise is foolish.

    Our country is in desperate need of sunlight and honesty, not partisanship. “We the People” need to be able to talk openly amongst ourselves without our Democrat/Republican blinders on. Otherwise, we’re doomed. Frickin’ doomed.

  • Doomed

    Yeah so. Its all the GOP’s fault. Sure. Ill blame them.

    Now what?

    We just put the same people in charge who were in charge that you are blaming for the mess.

    Now what?

    The real problem is not the GOP or the Democrats. The real problem is that both GOP and Democrats alike believe that………

    “DEFICITS DONT MATTER!” & “BRINGING HOME THE BACON GETS THEM MILLION UNDER THE TABLE’

    This is our problem. You heard it almost immediately…. “”well perhaps we dont need to repeal Obama care”””…..of course not…the program was written to actually benefit the Insurance industry in the short term.

    Repealing it would hurt insurance companies who will depend on their funneling millions into the pockets of politicians to REGULATE Obama care later on to keep them in power.

    I will agree with my Progressive antagonists on one point. Corporations run our nation. Not the people and not politicians. As Ron Paul says…Obama’s not a socialist hes a corporatist.

    The problem is you can be both. Because without corporations and big business you have Somalia, Chad or some other third world back country….

    So we know keynesian doesnt work but my question still remains….

    So? Now what?

  • http://www.Bunkerville.wordpress.com Bunkerville

    We live in a parallel Universe. Never the twain shall meet.

  • http://the-classic-liberal.com/ theCL

    So? Now what?

    The first step is accepting reality so we can deal with it accordingly. Both parties suck. Big time. No more battered wife syndrome. No more providing cover for the Republican Party. No pretending it’s all the Democrats fault.

    No more welfare. Foreign and corporate welfare should be the first to go. End corporate welfare and you end corporatism. Can’t defend your own country? Too bad. Enjoy licking them boots.

    We have no need for things like the ATF, TSA and Homeland Security. Shut ‘em down and you drive a stake through the heart of the police state. End the War on Drugs and you drive another stake through the heart of the police state, effectively killing it.

    Repeal the evils of 1913 – End the Fed, repeal the income tax, shut down the IRS, and repeal the 17th amendment.

    End progressive nation-building schemes.

    There’s a lot more of course, but you can see where I’m going … Genuine constitutionally-limited government. Free markets. Liberty.

    most important, realize that it’s a long road and be willing to take huge electoral losses now for greater return down the road. Principle matters more than expediency. electoral expediency has brought America to her knees.

  • http://mksviews.wordpress.com/ MK

    It’s like watching a baboon trying to make sense of a rocket ship, watching liberals meander around economic brick-a-brack.

    Best thing to do, keep them as far away from anything valuable as possible because i guarantee you folks, anything and everything touched by liberal scum will turn to sh!t.

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