Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The "progressive" bottom line: more of the same

First of all, I hate the label "progressive." It means nothing. From everything I've read, they base their "progressive" ideology on a socialist model. It's political framing. Progress must be good. But progress to what?

Robert Reich, who served under President Clinton, thinks the answer to our problems is more tax and spending programs, at least for now. But is there ever a time when progressives like Reich wanted to cut taxes and spending? No. Not in my lifetime, which is why we're in such a mess.

Take David Swanson at OpEdNews, who agrees with everything Reich writes:  "I would tax the rich if all it accomplished was taxing the rich."

So that's really what we're faced with: class warfare. Penalize the successful for being successful. Redistribute the wealth. Equality of outcome, instead of equality of opportunity. Forget the American dream. Under "progressive" programs, we'd be no better off than eastern Europe during the Soviet empire.

"Progressives" are actually left-wing liberals. When someone makes a statement like Swanson, or says the mainstream media is right-wing, you know what playbook they're using, so hold on to your wallet. Our government -- federal, state, and local -- tax everything, and I mean everything, except the air we breath, and they want to do that too.

It saddens me that my grandchildren won't have the opportunities I did when I was coming out of high school with a good education. Look how liberal philosophy has ruined our education system over the last 40 years: We keep spending more with less result per dollar, yet the libs want to spend more.

Our debt burden by then will bankrupt us.

Sad, but true.

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