Opinion | Morgan Liddick: Stupid Americans versus the smartest guy in the room
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Now we know how Barack Obama will react to the American people’s repudiation of what he still thinks is the smartest guy in the room: He’s going to punish us for lèse-majesté.
Step one was taken last Tuesday in China. In a slapped-together “major milestone” of economic capitulation, our vindictive president announced unilateral economic disarmament so extreme that it could only appeal to the Chinese or the wildest-eyed green crazies among us. Briefly, he committed the United States to reducing our carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025, to 5.25 gigatonnes, roughly what we produced in 1992. It’s going to cost us a bundle, not only in higher taxes and prices for all forms of combustion, but in lost productivity as resources are diverted from real investment to the coffers of the Democrats’ pet corporations like Solyndra, SVTC Solar and BrightSource.
In exchange China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, promises — exactly nothing. Despite the happy talk from the White House, global warming fearmongers and the credulous media, the text of the agreement is clear: China “intends” to “begin reducing” its carbon emissions “around 2030.” Exactly when, it doesn’t say. By how much, it doesn’t say. But between now and then, it is free to build as many coal-fired power plants as it wishes; right now, that’s a new plant every 10 days. If China continues at this pace, it will emit three times as much carbon as the U.S. by “around 2030” when, according to the International Energy Agency, its population will begin to decline, taking energy demand with it. Our president has astutely negotiated a hard bargain in which we make all the concessions and American producers and consumers pay all the costs. Oh, well done.
Step two is impending amnesty for 5 or 6 million illegal immigrants. The president’s explanation — that he has “waited for Congress to act” — is a transparent fraud. What he wanted was for the House to rubber-stamp a bill written to suit him by the Democratic-controlled Senate. When he didn’t get his way he didn’t compromise, he threatened. And evidently schemed executive actions that are beyond constitutional limits.
Some will claim the president is using “prosecutorial discretion,” but that’s a decision not to apply legal sanction. What the president reportedly will offer instead is legal status, circumventing existing processes and law. Residents whose status is thereby changed will avail themselves of social services, including Medicaid, thereby raising costs to taxpayers. They will enter the workforce openly, millions of new workers competing for low-skill, low-wage jobs with the already-pressed working class. The message will be clear: Enter the United States by fair means or foul; you will eventually be allowed to stay. This will not “solve” the problem of illegal immigration, it will worsen it. Well done, again.
Finally there’s Obamacare which, we are now discovering, was understood by its creators to be a tissue of lies from the beginning. Keep your plan? Your doctor? Save thousands of dollars a year? Say anything to get it passed.
As Jonathan Gruber, one of the chief architects of the plan has repeated several times, Obamacare rests on the fact that “Americans are too stupid to understand” the law’s tax provisions, and that it was easy for Democrats to conceal the program’s costs thanks to the “stupidity of the American voter.” That’s a lot of stupid, but it’s not an unexpected statement.
From Nancy Pelosi, who recommended Dr. Gruber’s analysis before she forgot who he was, through Harry “It Shall Not Pass” Reid to the president, the past few years have given us a good look at the Progressive mindset. It’s not pretty.
Progressives think lying is fine if it helps extend state control to more areas of human endeavor. They do this in the name of greater efficiency and improving citizens’ lives, whether they want improving or not. They see government by experts as preferable to that messy self-rule stuff: Authorities like Dr. Gruber are just so much more eloquent, smarter and probably better-looking than the average citizen, who is just “too stupid” to be trusted with the levers of power.
So impactful treaties must be negotiated extemporaneously and secretly; laws must be skirted and nullified by executive diktat; baldfaced lies must be voiced ad nauseam. All in the name of taking care of the citizenry who just can’t take care of themselves, financed with money taken from those citizens because, as good Progressives know, all money belongs to the government. This is an attitude that has failed miserably every time it has been tried. But that hasn’t stopped its current advocates in Washington, D.C., from trying again. After all, they’re so very much smarter than all those others, so this time the results will be different.
Morgan Liddick writes a weekly column for the Summit Daily News.
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