Two WOW Articles; Stinging Indictments of Liberalism

>> Friday, June 11, 2010



First up, George Will on Obama's economic failure, and the resultant economic uncertainty...

Jobs report a nightmare for Obama progressivism
--George F Will, June 10, 2010, Washington Post

Uncertainty is a consequence of hyperkinetic government, which is a consequence of the governmental confidence that is a consequence of progressivism. The premise of progressivism is that all will be well if enough power is concentrated in Washington, and enough Washington power is concentrated in the executive branch, and enough really clever experts are concentrated in the executive branch. This is why the government's perceived impotence concerning the gulf oil spill is subversive of the Obama administration's master narrative.


There's another line toward the end that beautifully illustrates the error of progressivism: "For a proper progressive, anything short of a "comprehensive" solution to, say, the problem of illegal immigration is unworthy of consideration."

And this in turn is beautifully illustrated in the DeepHorizon oil spill. This administration is bogged down, in part, because the president is either looking for a complete package deal to the problem, and strict adherence to procedure, never mind that adherence to procedure is killing the economies of the Gulf states, or myopically fixed on a single facet of a much larger problem-- sitting back and railing against the administrators of his government to "plug the damn hole" --while hindering or ignoring the other things that must get done along the way.

"Let's not talk about immigration unless we can talk about it comprehensively."
But while we argue over each others ideas of comprehensiveness, thousands cross the border, making the problem more and unnecessarily difficult.

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Next up, Dan Henninger excoriates the myth of 'government omnipotence,' while simultaneously exposing governments' very real impotence when it mightily over-steps its constitutional mandate...

Obama Meets Toto
--Dan Henninger, JUne 10, 2010, Wall Street Journal

Whatever the validity, for most of the postwar period, many people bought into this Faustian bargain. Throw money, accept the inefficiencies, and hope the government does more good than harm.

Arguably, achieving certain public goods this way could have endured for the Democrats—but only if programs like Medicaid remained as modest as their originators promised. Or if government's advocates had made choices. We can do this (Medicare for the elderly), but not that (Medicare for all, now called ObamaCare). But any liberal suggesting judgment or restraint—a Sen. Pat Moynihan— was tossed off the magic bus.

Now government's inefficiency has become indefensible and its fantastic costs, its oceanic spending, a clear and present danger.


Progressive government has taken on too much! So much in fact that it can no longer balance all the promises its made and the expectations of its citizens. Our leaders have over sold and under delivered... To the detriment of us all.

7 comments:

Jim June 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

The premise of progressivism is that all will be well if enough power is concentrated in Washington, and enough Washington power is concentrated in the executive branch, and enough really clever experts are concentrated in the executive branch.

The premise of George Will is that if Will uses enough phony "facts and figures" and throws in some baseball history people will assume he's telling the truth and he can make up inapt comparison he wants.

Marshall Art June 12, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

Jim,

Nice accusation. How about backing it up with some counter "facts" of your own?

Jim June 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM  

I provided exactly as many "facts" as did Will.

Marshall Art June 13, 2010 at 12:50 AM  

You'd like us to think so, but really, you've just done a nice two-step away from backing up your accusations about Will's column. Such a fine dancer!

ELAshley June 13, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

Jim is the perfect illustration of a liberal myrmidon, and in the case of his first comment please see Liberal Truths 13, 16, 21 and especially 24.

Liberals are incessant, shameless butt-lickers. They believe whatever they're told by their handlers, and because their handlers are benevolence personified there is never any need to learn for oneself; they can safely and blindly trust anything told to them, and so they attack anyone who exposes or calls into questions their handlers lies and machinations. Liberals like Jim are incapable of thinking for themselves, or seeing truth in anything critical of their handlers.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste, Jim.

BenT - the unbeliever,  June 14, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

"They believe whatever they're told by their handlers, and because their handlers are benevolence personified there is never any need to learn for oneself; they can safely and blindly trust anything told to them, and so they attack anyone who exposes or calls into questions their handlers lies and machinations. Liberals like Jim are incapable of thinking for themselves, or seeing truth in anything critical of their handlers."

You indict Jim as a myrmidon, but in you opening post YOU are the one posting quotes from George Will and Dan Henninger. Two people whose jobs is as opinion commentators. Political Handlers.

A political thinker seeking for himself might be pulling quotes from factual news reports on the jobs report and the oil spill and other subjects. Then synthesizing those facts into independent opinions.

ELAshley June 15, 2010 at 8:33 AM  

The difference, Ben, is that Jim doesn't even bother to address the quotes. I merely offered them, with my opinion; volleying after the Will's and Henninger's serve. But Jim can't even managed that. Even YOU offered more than a "Will is phoney" rejoinder. YOUR response is at least thoughtful, Jim's was childish.

I can see how you might view myself as being 'handled,' but you fail to take into account the fact that I only used Will and Henninger as springboards to MY OWN opinions; I didn't just post their views and say 'this is all we need know.' I know what I believe and why I believe it, and I'm quite capable of defending my position without resorting to 'handlers.'

Furthermore, you, too, chose to attack the messenger (me) rather than the message (See Liberal Truth #24). You take more issue with my response to Jim rather than my opinion, or the opinions of Will and Henninger? Why am I not surprised?

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