Ah… so we have marched through history gaining a better understanding of where the moves towards socialism/fascism began and grew. Now we move on to the last couple of years, with the end of the Bush Presidency and the beginning of the Obama administration. I must again say that I know there are a lot of things that I am not touching on here. I can’t write a full history of the US. I just write what comes to my mind. I think about things and go and research them. So in this final section we will touch on a few really big mistakes of George W. Bush, but primarily focus on the Obama administration and what they have done and plan to do, and why this is bad for our country.
George W. Bush. The name alone spurs many who follow the MSM lead to simply explode with hatred. Make no mistake, he did just as much to take us down this road as anyone. However, he wasn’t the evil man that many in the Democratic Party or the MSM would have the Sheeple believe. But let’s take a look at what he did do to take us down the path. Let’s begin with what I see as the biggest abomination of his 8 years, The Patriot Act. Never before were such extreme intrusions allowed by law into the private lives of everyday Americans. I get that we face a terrorist threat. But deciding that this Patriot Act was the answer is madness. The Patriot Act gives the government unprecedented ability to disregard civil liberties. The government can look into your email, tap your phone, search your home and do all of it without notifying you at any point. It expanded its language to “domestic terrorism” as well, which means they are probably planning to search all of our homes since DHS now calls us “radical extremists”. It allowed open-ended detainment of immigrants as well (hence holding detainees at Gitmo indefinitely) , and expanded intelligence gathering abilities overseas. I could write about the Patriot Act all day, but there is so much more to cover!
Despite his claims, Bush was not a fiscal conservative. He spent money like it was going out of style. He signed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act into law in 2003, which was the largest entitlement program to date then. The program was touted to cost $400 Billion over 10 years, a figure which had grown to $1.2 Trillion by 2005. The program did not have in it a way to fund itself, so not only did Bush offer a government entitlement (which we all know I despise), but he did so without having a plan to pay for it. Even O’Prompter noted this as he pointed out that Bush was more socialist than he is (wishful thinking at best).
Regulation of industry is a large contentious point for me because I am fairly tired of listening to Democrats lay the claim that “Bush’s deregulation is the cause of all these troubles”. Because here are the facts, and why I claim that Bush did move us along to socialism, when deregulating woud have done the opposite and thus made me happier. Economic regulation expanded rapidly during the Bush administration. President Bush is actually recognized as the biggest regulator since Nixon. Bush administration increased the number of new pages in the Federal Registry, a proxy for economic regulation, from 64,438 new pages in 2001 to 78,090 in new pages in 2007, a record amount of regulation. Economically significant regulations, defined as regulations which cost more than $100 million a year, increased by 70%. Spending on regulation increased by 62% from $26.4 billion to $42.7 billion (So the next time a liberal hack talks about the massive deregulation of the last 8 years” causing this, point this out to their uneducated, MSM-led asses). Meanwhile, I will point out that regulation is government control of industry, which means socialism/fascism.
During his last year in office, Bush was faced with growing concerns over job losses and the economy. After a 5 year record loss of jobs in February 2008. he pushed through a $170 Billion economic stimulus, sending tax rebates via check to taxpayers. Later in the year, as the housing market crumbled, the Democratic Congress passed, and Bush signed, the bailout of financial institutions to the tune of the $700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) Bill, along with the $85 Billion bailout of insurance giant AIG. Simultaneously, the government stepped in and took over conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.All of these steps, while being pushed by a Democratis Congress, were signed into law by Bush, and set the stage for the new vision of Washington where government control of private industry is fully accepted.
Enter one Barack Obama.
I am just going to say it up front, Barack Obama is a a Socialist/Fascist. He would try to say otherwise, and his lackeys will back him up, but the bottom line is that he has either done, or is proposing to do, more government expansion and more government encroachment into private industry than any President since FDR. So where do we begin?
Much like FDR, Obama has relied on class warfare to rise to the Presidency. He has pushed the belief that big business is out to get us. The only one that can save us is…. government done the Democrat’s way. The entire premise of the Obama campaign was we are going to get involved and regulate and control industry, because if we don’t they will continue to screw over all you poor folks.
We talked in great length about all of the environmental laws and the movement that allowed government to exercise more and more control over both business and individuals in the name of “saving the planet”. While the environmental movement and its dangers are nothing new, they certainly saw a new push of power thanks to Al Gore and his inconvenient lie. I personally believe that Al Gore has been one of the most dangerous men in America over the last ten years. His winning an Oscar from the far left loons in Hollywood was somehow seen as a legitimizing thing for his crackpot theories. His Nobel Prize did the same, despite the fact that it was for “peace” not for “science”. To be truthful they should have created a new category of Nobel prize for best work of fiction.
The controlling trends of the environmental movement under Clinton, discussed in Part 5, were a new twist in how things get accomplished in the progressive movement. Obama, has brought back many of those same folks we call the Algorians and Clintonistas and stocked his cabinet and the White House with them. Which means that I am not surprised to see those controlling trends popping up again all the sudden. As my contributor said to me, “this is the kind of orchestrated control that occurred in Italy, Russia, and Germany before WWII.” And I think that is worth noting since the fascism we are seeing has not really been better represented in history than in those examples.
So let’s talk some specifics. What has Obama already accomplished? I thought I would go through all the Obama stuff in this article. I soon realized, when I reached 2000 words, that was impossible. So I will cover the following and we can discuss the rest in the comments and future articles.
Economic Stimulus Bill:
Let’s start with health care here. The bill created a new position and a new commission both to oversee the health care industry. The introduction of what socialized medicine will look like under the Obama plan was outlined here. And what it looks like is a system that sets criteria based on some magical government formula that will determine whether you receive the medical help you need. Let’s make that clear for all the liberals who will want to argue this point. The government thinks it is a good idea for THEM, not you and your doctor, to determine the best course of action for treating what ails you.
And when the budget gets tight for the government (and it will because you and I both know they cannot afford this bullshit plan), how do you think that decision will be made? If you have a heart ailment and you consult your doctor, and he has no choice but to let government decide. Do you think you will get the right treatment? The Best treatment? Or do you think you will get the “most cost effective” treatment? And before you go trying to say government wouldn’t screw us that way, remember that military contracts for our soldier weapons, planes, etc go to the lowest bidder, not the best builder. Same goes for the road systems and every other thing we let government “decide” for us.
The stimulus bill also gave us massive entitlement increases. And I do mean massive. Wondering why we are seeing several states who have no money to operate decide to turn down federal money. Let me give you an example. We talked about Clinton signing welfare reform and the positive results we saw from that. This bill overturns nearly every one of those reforms and increases the amount of entitlements and the number of people eligible for them. My example will go to Revolution’s state of Maryland. The economic stimulus bill increased welfare entitlements nearly double. Simultaneously the bill increased the amount of people who qualify for the entitlements. And that is OK right? I mean the federal government is footing the bill for all of this crap?
Wrong. The federal government is footing all the bill for the next 2-5 years. Then the burden will fall to the state. See once the qualifications are lowered and the entitlements increased, they don’t go back down. No, in 5 years the federal government will just no longer foot the bill, and the state will be left holding the bag. They will have two choices. They can increase taxes to pay for these entitlements. Or they can ask the federal government for money to help cover costs. And what comes with the federal government giving you money? Control. This entitlement explosion will wreck the states of their sovereignty. And if you think that isn’t the federal government’s plan, you are fooling yourself.
And just for the record. I know we are just taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves. The down and out. Care to know what the entitlement qualifications change to in Maryland? You qualify for food stamps if the two people in your household make less than $3200 a month. That is almost 40k a year. It isn’t just the destitute getting a government handout from this administration. And Maryland is taking the money. They will be broke in 5 years and under the thumb of the federal government even more than they are today.
The welfare reforms that required you to be looking for a job and limited to 5 years of total payout? You remember those, the changes that increased income levels and lowered unemployment. Gone. The medicare plans that the government cannot afford? Qualification age lowered to 55 in a world where people are staying healthy 20 years longer than when medicare started. Unemployment benefits extended, but only if you were really poor. Because making no money because you are unemployed is much easier when you made more money when you were employed?
And let me give you an example of the way Obama views entitlement spending. In a interview last week he stated “We are going to reduce non-defense discretionary spending to the lowest levels in decades. So that part of the budget that doesn’t include entitlements and doesn’t include defense – that we have the most control over” Did you catch that. Entitlements, according to Obama, are NOT discretionary and they have no control over them. Really? Because you could have controlled them by not funding massive INCREASES in them in your shitty spending bill.
I can see that I am already at 2000 words and I could write all night about all the socialist/fascist moves that the Obama administration has done or is planning to do. But I won’t do that. Instead I will simply list a bunch of stuff here for all of you to comment on:
- Financial Bailout #2 of the Banks. Most importantly the new “test” as to whether a bank is healthy. They are using this “test” as grounds for telling banks who show up with cash in hand to repay bailout funds “NO”. Get that through your head folks. Banks who don’t want government help, who have the money and wish to repay the federal government are not being allowed to because government does not want the money back, they want control of your bank. Government control of the banks=socialism/fascism
- The control being done over GM and Chrysler. The government is telling companies who will be their CEO, what cars or technologies they will produce, and how they will structure. They are telling companies when they will file for bankruptcy. They are telling companies everything that companies should be deciding for themselves. I have to be honest, if I owned GM, I would pay myself off and walk away, tell the government to go screw themselves. Government control of the auto industry= socialism/fascism.
- HR1388. Need I say more. Government controlled “volunteerism” with provisions for finding a socially acceptable way to make a 4 year commitment from every American mandatory.
- Nationalized Health Care. Perhaps the biggest piece in this whole thing. It will have its own article coming soon. It takes a lot of research so it is coming slowly. Government taking control of the health care industry= socialism/fascism
- Cap and Trade. Again, need I say more. Government beginning to exercise even more control over industry using the old standby environmental movement. Government control of industry= socialism/fascism
- Massive changes to taxation and regulation aimed at the top earners of America, taking the wealth from those with the most, and redistributing it to those who didn’t earn it. A giant step in the path getting bigger. Income Redistribution= Socialism/Fascism
- Proposed bill that would allow the President to have the ability to shut down the internet in the event of a “national emergency” (such as too many Americans visiting Stand Up For America and learning the truth about government). Government control of information= Socialism/Fascism
- Proposed bailout of the print media in the US that is highly liberal and dying because of it. Coupled with the proposed reinstitution of the “Fairness Doctrine” to silence conservative talk radio. Government control of the media= Socialism/Fascism
- Proposed increased control over the public education system (as if they don’t have enough control of it already) coupled with elimination or strict control over alternatives to government indoctrination centers such as voucher programs and home schooling. Government control over the education system= Socialism/Fascism
- Proposed control over the census program to ensure that the group in power continues to remain in power. Government control over the election process= Socialism/Fascism
- Let’s be honest I can do this all day. So I will leave it up to all of you to continue to add to this list in the comments below. I write enough articles about Obama and this crazy administration to populate a whole website or blog. Maybe I should start one……
So there you go. Now, one of you liberals who loves to argue with me tell me how this entire series did not lead directly to the fact that the entire goal of government over the last 100 years has not been to move us to a socialistic form of control? Can you really even do that with a straight face? And since the endgame is so blatantly obvious, is this what you want for America? I mean really? If the majority of this country really wants to enter into a socialist/fascist form of government I will just have to accept that and plan my exit to somewhere else. But i have to be honest and say I don’t believe for a second that this is what America wants. I simply believe that it has been sold to an apathetic and politically stupid populace.
I believe that America has been sleepwalking through life the last 50 years. Even now in the midst of the greatest challenges that this country has possibly ever faced, they remain oblivious to what is really happening. They remain complacent and cooperative because it is easier and they don’t realize yet what they are sacrificing. Even now when things are so bad, they waste their days away watching American Idol and posting 37 messages a day on facebook telling the world what their kids ate for lunch or did how the play date went. Americans are asleep at the wheel and they are headed for the cliff.
I intend to wake their asses up.
That’s the end of this series, but not the end of the story. Let’s discuss below, and as usual, another article comes tomorrow….. Time to start figuring out just how to set the alarm clock.