Let’s say Obama has a plan to build a permanent Democrat majority. A plan that will guarantee Hillary Clinton wins the White House in 2016. A plan which takes precedence over all other concerns, no matter what the cost to America’s short-term well-being or long-term prospects for security and prosperity.
I suspect he (well, actually, Valerie Jarrett) does, and I’d say it looks something like this.
Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans — more than one-third of the country — are receiving government assistance of some kind.
The number counts people receiving what are known as “means-tested” federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as “welfare,” Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while 83 million were collecting Medicaid — with some benefitting from multiple programs.
Though the programs were created to help those in need, some analysts worry that the way they’re designed is, increasingly, incentivizing people not to work. They note that when recipients combine several government assistance programs, in many cases they pay better than going to work.
The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner said that in the eight most generous states, the benefits can be tantamount to a $20 minimum wage — which would exceed the $7.25 minimum wage in most states.
“So in many cases people could actually do better on welfare than they could in an entry level job,” Tanner said.
When people are beholden to the government for sustenance, they tend to vote for the politicians who promise them more of that sustenance.
And nobody is better at promising unlimited Free Stuff than today’s Democratic Party. Remember the woman who said Obama was going to pay her mortgage? The entitlement mentality is seductive, and contagious.
It’s also ridiculously easy to make promises, and then blame “evil Republicans” when you don’t deliver. The goal isn’t to help people; the goal is to keep people dependent, and voting your way.
In other words, the goal is Power. Power at any cost.
Barack Obama never intended to govern.
Barack Obama is a permanent campaigner, skilled at drumming up primal emotions, and then focusing them for the benefit of his Party. The incongruity of his Class Warfare rhetoric is lost on the guilty white liberal donors who pour millions of dollars into his coffers at every opportunity. And all that matters to Obama is that the money flows into electing, and re-electing Democrats.
Hence he eschews policies which might jeopardize their hegemony.
Building the Keystone Pipeline might piss off the econuts, and he needs their cash.
Fighting Islamic terrorists might piss off the kumbaya crowd, and he needs their cash too.
Promoting private sector job growth might dilute the culture of dependency, and he needs every vote he can get.
Helping businesses succeed might make the unions wonder why he isn’t raising taxes instead, and he needs their votes too.
Stopping the invasion on our southern border might upset La Raza, and he needs their anger and envy to keep them from wanting to embrace what we used to call The American Dream.
You know, there’s the really sad legacy of Obama and the Democrats.
Once upon a time it was said that the business of America is Business.
They’ve turned that old saw on its head. The business of America is dependency. Wealth transfer. Class envy. Business is a dirty word.
Why work? Vote Democrat and somebody else will do that. Then, as your reward, the government will mail you checks.
You gotta admit it’s a sweet deal.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. — Alexander Tyler
Or, as Lady Thatcher put it, sooner or later they’ll run out of other people’s money.