“Have you ever heard a Democrat, Progressive, or Socialist call for less spending or more responsible spending by our government?”
When I read that question—and a whole lot of others like it—I start smelling an air head comment that most likely comes from Radical Far Right Conservatism’s continually-blaring propaganda and which, for whatever the reason makes no point at all but is nothing more than an attempt to throw dirt on something that might have a Liberal lean to it.
The answer I am going to give to this question includes a resounding “Yes! Our government has done some mighty reasonable and necessary spending–mostly under Democrats! Social Security is one such item and the Works Progress Administration and The Tennessee Valley Authority are two more.”
If any of the obtuse participants in the Radicalized Conservative Ideology that caused the asking of such a question has a parent or a relative who got their education with the G.I. Bill or if they have a grand parent who is on Social Security or Medicare or if they have ever gotten government assistance of any kind for any reason, (Maybe they have gotten a Pell Grant or some other educational assistance), then they should be aware that there are some useful and necessary government programs out there. If this is the case, then such a person really has no case with all the “Socialism” rhetoric aimed at our government in my opinion.
I am also going to point out that for eight long years of a fairly recent Conservative-dominated administration, the government did more useless spending than it had in all it’s history, thus bringing the nation to the brink of destruction which is still evidenced by our present recession– a damage factor that has unknown potential…even yet!
America will be paying for the outrageous spending programs of the previous Conservative administration for ages and ages yet to come! And to expect President Obama to clean up this mess in only three years or so in the face of all his obstructionist opponents who have only one desire in life– the desire to make sure he is only a one-term President— to expect him to work such a miracle is totally unrealistic and unfair!
The complaint has been made from some on the side of Conservatism that Democrats always want to “Raise” taxes and that no Democrat has ever complained that the government might be spending too much money.
The problem with an idea like that is that in my experience, anyway, there are some on the Far Right who dearly love to talk about smaller government and lower taxes—until they get the reigns of power! After that, they have more often than not demonstrated themselves to be worse at government building and money spending than Democrats could ever hope to be.
I also remember that during the most recent nightmare of a Conservative administration, when all that spending was going on for unjustified wars and faith-based programs and all the rest of it, if anyone dared to speak in opposition to anything the government was doing, that person was quickly branded as Anti-American and, in some of the more ridiculous instances, even “Traitorous.” It was not a good time for Freedom of Speech.
Some Conservative types are telling me that there are entire government departments that could be dismantled without hurting anyone. Some suggestions have been The Department of Education, The Environmental Protection Agency and even The Justice Department. (Radical Extreme Conservatism in particular seems to absolutely hate any kind of law enforcement that might keep some less honest operators from robbing the nation dry.)
The article I was reading seems to accuse Democrats in particular, of being insensitive to the “Average” voter and “Those Actually In Need.”
My response to that is, “Take a look at how some of the obstructionists in Congress and at some state levels have tried so hard and so long to dismantle all the Democrat-instituted social safety net programs and say that kind of bull crap to me again!” Ask that divorced Mother of three children who tries to keep body and soul together with a job at some low-paying fast food operation how much Conservatism cares for her and her kids!
Some idiots who write stuff like I am talking about must be so insulated by Radical Conservatism’s protective little cocoon of fantasy that they can not ever see outside the protected walls of their excess. So my question is, “How do they think themselves qualified to be analysts of the political spectrum? Do they say this stuff because they are so insecure and need a little attention from someone who does not live in their Revisionist little world?
Why is it that when some of these victims of Radicalized Conservatism write about Democrats, Liberals and Progresives that the Lefties are always referred to as “Communists, Socialists or Filthy Hippies?”
Can’t the complaining Far Right Wing Extremists who talk like this not understand the damage they may be doing to our Democratic Republic with their own vitriolic, hate-spewing rhetoric? (I mean if someone is going to throw rocks at me…then I am going to throw some back, right?)
(Posted by John Liming as part of his continuing Diaries Of Political Opinion).