Monday, August 30, 2010

Obama Has Succeeded in Making Us a Socialist State

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Obama promised that he would institute his far left policies and the majority of voters got caught up in his propaganda. Some weren't fooled and wrote about it on a daily basis.

Obama knew exactly how he had to proceed; he knew that once people got wise to his game, they would be appalled. When they showed resistance, he rammed his agenda through. The public is hip to the game and are poised to rectify the huge mistake they made as soon as possible, which means November.

Alas, it's too late. He's succeeded in ways that Carter, Clinton, LBJ and FDR could only have dreamed of. He's made a huge swath of the country dependent on handouts and dependent on The State:

WASHINGTON — Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.

More than 50 million Americans are on Medicaid, the federal-state program aimed principally at the poor, a survey of state data by USA TODAY shows. That's up at least 17% since the recession began in December 2007.
Note the first line, "victims" is how the media phrase it and how Obama implemented it. Liberals thrive on supposed victimhood whether it be "victims" of "big business", those who sell cigarettes and junk food or any other non-government entity. The simple fact that government policies have made these people victims either escapes the reporter or, more likely, is conveniently not commented upon.

We now have one out of every six of our countrymen addicted to government handouts and the rest of us are forced to pay for them.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm all about helping someone when they are down but what we've just seen put into play by Obama is no different then what drug dealers do. They give a taste and then just a little more; pretty soon, you are relying on what they are pushing. Come on man, just a little more, just another 26-weeks of unemployment and I'll get straight and get off the dole. But instead one ends up living life on welfare, unending unemployment, food stamps and government blocks of cheese. You can't have that gravy train end so you vote Democrat so you can keep the trip going.

Note this:

I want to focus here on another dimension of the Obama administration's policies: the expansion of unemployment-insurance eligibility to as much as 99 weeks from the standard 26 weeks.

The unemployment-insurance program involves a balance between compassion—providing for persons temporarily without work—and efficiency. The loss in efficiency results partly because the program subsidizes unemployment, causing insufficient job-search, job-acceptance and levels of employment. A further inefficiency

...These numbers provide a stark contrast with joblessness today. The peak unemployment rate of 10.1% in October 2009 corresponded to a mean duration of unemployment of 27.2 weeks and a share of long-term unemployment of 36%. The duration of unemployment peaked (thus far) at 35.2 weeks in June 2010, when the share of long-term unemployment in the total reached a remarkable 46.2%. These numbers are way above the ceilings of 21 weeks and 25% share applicable to previous post-World War II recessions. The dramatic expansion of unemployment-insurance eligibility to 99 weeks is almost surely the culprit.

To get a rough quantitative estimate of the implications for the unemployment rate, suppose that the expansion of unemployment-insurance coverage to 99 weeks had not occurred and—I assume—the share of long-term unemployment had equaled the peak value of 24.5% observed in July 1983. Then, if the number of unemployed 26 weeks or less in June 2010 had still equaled the observed value of 7.9 million, the total number of unemployed would have been 10.4 million rather than 14.6 million. If the labor force still equaled the observed value (153.7 million), the unemployment rate would have been 6.8% rather than 9.5%.
The evidence is clear, extending unemployment or any benefits results in the reduced will to work and prolongs the economic agony. People have grown used to the "new normal" in which the Obama administration has produced an America where people just stop paying their mortgages, squat in the house they probably couldn't afford in the first place until they get evicted and then rent a place they can handle on their unemployment stipend they know isn't going to run out as long as the Dems rule everything. Why take a job at Home Depot when you get the same from the government.

But then, the government doesn't get money from unemployment checks. Instead, those of us who are working carry the load until more and more people grow comfortable with living off Uncle Sam's largess and then all of a sudden it's half of us paying for the other half. It's a spiral that's not only wrong but inherently un-American...which was Obama's goal anyway.

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