Leftwaaard..Maaaarch! Left….Left…Left…

While we on the Right have been enjoying some well deserved Schadenfreude at the expense of President Obama and the Democrats over the diasterous rollout of Obamacare, with some of our pundits going so far as to claim that the public’s awakening due to Obamacare will be the end of liberalism in America, the Left has been planning their counter attack. Rather than concede that Obama’s program to provide health insurance to everyone, including those with preexisting conditions, was too big of a move to the Left, the left Left-wing of the Democratic Party is looking at Barack Obama and his potential replacement, Hilary Clinton, and finding them wanting. The left Left-wing is thinking that Barry and Hilary are not far enough to the Left. They are not planning on conceding anything to the Right. To the contrary, they are planning a big push further to the Left.

“More liberal, populist movement emerging in Democratic Party ahead 0f 2016 elections” is the title of this Washington Post article. The author points out that left Left-wing rising stars, like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, are not happy the Mr. Obama has indicated a willingness to consider some reforms to the rapidly failing Social Security system in exchange for more taxes and more spending. Sen. Warren is instead supporting a bill to expand Social Security benefits.

And, you may want to read this article about the movement to raise the minimum  wage to 15 per hour.

From my years living in South America, I can tell you that populism is an easy sell. Blame everything on the rich and promise the poor everything under the sun. I use to think that Americans were different; in that they would never fall for that populist garbage. I’m not so sure that’s true anymore.

Think about the 2016 presidential election. It’s not that far away. For whom are the retired and about to retire Baby Boomers going to vote? The Republican that is promising to fix (reform) Social Security or the Democrat who is promising to expand Social Security benefits? Who are the growing numbers of minimum wage workers going to vote for? The Republican that says increasing minimum wage results in higher unemployment or the Democrat who is promising to double the minimum wage? And, what about the college students and recent graduates? Are they going to vote for the Republican who promises them nothing or the Democrat that promises to forgive part of their student loans?

Populism really is an easy sell. And, please don’t worry about how they could possibly pay for all of their largess. Remember that we have a very accommodating Federal Reserve that can and does create money out of thin air. It’s called Quantitative Easing or what I like to call QEasy, where the “Q” stands for quantity of money. Every time the Treasury runs low, the Fed makes an accounting entry and all is well again. (Think Japan)

In 2016, we will learn what America is made of once and for all.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

15 thoughts on “Leftwaaard..Maaaarch! Left….Left…Left…

  1. In 2016 we will learn exactly what America is made of: Socialists! I expect the U.S. to be a banana republic before long. The government will run everything, which means shortages on everything from oil to toilet paper.

    Oh well, they say socialism is a compassionate system. And it’s for the children so who am I to complain.

  2. Socialism is indeed compassionate. Once we reach the genocidal stage everyone will have the same choice: starvation or a v-loc.

  3. Except in Latin America, working your way up to the top is not one of their pillars of society. It has always been (and continues to be about) who you know and how much money you can steal from the public coffers. They keep the bottom down and hand out the bennies to the loyal. Our country has not been about that. And enough of our young people have been taught values at home that this is not the easy ride the left expects. America will go down fighting or it will arise from the ashes of the left.

    1. “And enough of our young people have been taught values at home that this is not the easy ride the left expects.”

      I’ve been gone for over twenty years and have asked many bloggers about the attitude of America’s young adults You are the first to mention they have been taught values. I sure hope you are right!

  4. I saw the story about how the Democrats were going to push their candidates even further to the left but I did not read it. It appears as if they are going to double down on Obamacare and if they do so I think it will hand the Republicans a huge victory. I understand that by promising the people more freebies the left usually wins election and I would normally think this would work again, but Obamacare has been such a disaster that I don’t see how this strategy will work with anyone other than people who will vote Democratic no matter what. Perhaps I am being too optimistic, we will see soon enough.

  5. The GOP elites the likes of Karl Rove are on a mission; discredit and destroy the Tea Party, ekection victories be damned. They take credit for being ahead of the curve on the shortcomings of Oshmuckocare while continuing their marginalization of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee et al. I’m sorry to say I believe this splintered party does not feast on the democrat party carcass. On the contrary they will do their darnedest to help raise the Phoenix from the ashes of this health care insurance debacle.

  6. Unfortunately except for the rare individual Politician. America is basically a one Party State. With few differences of platform between the Democrats, or Republicans. Just different interpretations on how to sow the implementations of the same socialist program.
    Already you hear cries that a Third term for obama will be in the offing. They use the excuse that a real free society can elect a leader as many times as they want in true Democracy.
    Besides which, when has Obama ever gave a fig for the Constitution?

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