|8/28 vs. 10/2: Dueling Faith Traditions||Why We Fight|
by Christopher Chantrill
October 18, 2010 at 7:05 am
THE MARK of a good politician is an instinct for the dividing line. We are talking about the line drawn in the sand that gets you to 51 percent of the vote and leaves your opponent with the rest.
Say what you like about Newt Gingrich, but his new dividing line over paychecks vs. food stamps sounds like a winner. After all, who can prefer food stamps to pay checks? Apparently Nancy Pelosi can. She bit hard on Newts dangling fish lure:
"It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance the biggest bang for the buck," she added.
Now whos the Stupid Party?
Its not just Newt. Conservative politicians all over the world are showing signs of brain activity. Theres the conservative tax-cuttin Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt . He had the nerve to tell Swedes that his party was on the side of the average working stiff. According to Fraser Nelson:
When elected four years ago, leading a four-party coalition, Reinfeldt had a striking slogan. We are the new workers party, he said, meaning he would cut taxes for those in employment, but not for those on benefits.
Right now, Sweden just happens to have the strongest GDP growth in Europe. Could that be because Reihardts party pushes paychecks over welfare benefits?
Long before Bill Clinton ran on Its the economy, stupid, your average elected politician ran on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Even Slow Joe Biden gets that, although he gets confused about the spelling. But President Obama spent the summer boasting at fundraisers about the most productive, progressive legislative session in at least a generation. Progressive legislation is a liberal euphemism for welfare.
The American people right now are interested in jobs, jobs, jobs, not welfare, so Newt Gingrich has grabbed the opportunity to set up a dividing line between jobs and welfare, painting a picture in bold colors to contrast the Republican Jobs Party with the Democratic Welfare Party. Lets help Newt with a few bold brush strokes on welfare.
Lets hear first from Lloyd Marcus on why hes a black Tea Party patriot:
A urine smell permeated the stairwell. In the darkness due to smashed light bulbs, the sound of broken wine bottles underfoot echoed off the concrete walls. I was nine years old. With the elevators out of service half the time due to vandalism, I was forced many times to take the scary trek into the shadow of death up the stairwell to our sixth-floor apartment in the projects of east Baltimore.
Fortunately Lloyds dad got a fire-department job and moved his family out to the black suburbs. Today Lloyd Marcus is a Tea Partier, unlike his cousins left behind in the projects.
Heres more, from a report in the British Spectator on Britains worst welfare ghetto. Its a neighborhood in Rochdale in the north of England where 84 percent of the people are on benefits. The Spectators reporter talked to the local bailiff (i.e., repo man) at a local estate or public housing project.
Most residents do not leave. According to the bailiff, they have instead developed their own parallel economy. The ambition is there but its not to get a job or move out, its to get benefits. And there is a definite career path. You or I would aim to get a better job. They aim to get a better benefit.
The most desirable benefit is incapacity benefit or disability pension. Once you get it, you get it for keeps.
Another good place to go for stories about welfare in Britain is Inspector Gadgets Police Inspector blog. Here he is talking about his home town, a concrete wasteland too terrible to describe.
The urban decay, the rot, the complete absence of any hope at all, really set in when the railway freight business deserted the town 50 years ago. I once saw a bloke in custody, who was in my year at Ruraltown Comp [high school]. The Sergeant asked him if he could read and write before offering him the custody record to sign. He said he couldnt. I interjected. I was at school with you buddy, you can read and write for Gods sake he said I used to be able to but I forgot how. He hadnt had to read or write anything for 20 years, so he simply forgot how.
Theres a piece this week by James DeLong in The American speculating what comes next after 70 years of the liberal Special Interest State. Heres my prediction. We will see a movement of moral revulsion against the cruel, corrupt, and unjust world of liberal welfare programs.
Its a question of paychecks or food stamps. Which do you think gives America the biggest bang for the buck?
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008
Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists
conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
Paul Dirac: When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated
by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that
I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion.
However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and
inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he
suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.
John Farrell, The Creation Myth
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization