As if we needed more proof, President Barack Obama's remarks after signing legislation to reopen and fund our government confirms the president's infamous hope is not in the American people, but in an ever-expanding, increasingly powerful bureaucracy.
Obama is extremely transparent with his plan for the United States. There is no reading between the lines, there is no hidden agenda, and there is no mystery. His words and actions align perfectly with his quest to fundamentally transform America into an entitlement society.
During his White House remarks on reopening the government, Obama took a self-congratulatory tone when he said, "We hear all the time about how government is the problem. Well, it turns out we rely on it in a whole lot of ways."
Next he went on to list over a dozen government programs that Americans depend on, ranging from job training to toy safety. Upon reflection, the president's litany of government services we rely on reads more like Obama's Declaration of Dependence.
Proving that Americans need the government was crucial during the government shutdown. It would be the progressive White House's worst nightmare for the public to recognize that we don't need and can't afford the vast majority of government's "non-essential" functions — and a fair share of the "essential" functions as well.
The shutdown highlighted just how bloated our federal government has become. The roughly 800,000 civilian employees of the federal government who were deemed "non-essential" represent more than the combined workforces of Exxon, General Motors, Google and Target, according to The Guardian. And they still represented less than half of the federal government's civilian workforce of 2.1 million people.
If it were a private company, the U.S. government would compete with Wal-Mart and McDonald's for the position as the top private employer in the world.
To distract from the spotlight on America's bloated federal government, Obama made sure that the public experienced immediate pain from the shutdown. To that end, Obama used veterans and sick children as human shields to prove we need government. Under President Obama's watch, the open-air World War II Memorial was barricaded from aging veterans of the greatest generation. Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, refused to allow a vote on a bill that would fund cancer treatments for children.
Under Obama's leadership, our debt has exploded, family incomes are down, fewer Americans are working, and more of us are in poverty. Then there is the government abuse of existing programs. Internal Revenue Service employees have bullied tea party organizations; General Services Administration employees have partied on the taxpayers' dime; senior EPA employees, including its former head, have used secret email accounts to communicate with special interest groups; and the NSA is spying on civilians.
In reality, the only truths that the shutdown proved were Obama's vindictiveness and the inefficiencies of a government bureaucracy. Now with the shutdown over and the debt ceiling removed, Obama is doing his big-government victory lap and will continue forcing his broken entitlement legacy forward at America's expense.
Rather than expanding the American entitlement state, President Obama should be working to advance policies that would empower lower- and middle-income households to thrive independently of government. More economic freedom would benefit all individuals and families, not just those in privileged communities. Less government means more power for people to think freely and make economic choices on their own terms.
It's time for Americans to start paying attention and to resist the handouts praised by our Enabler-In-Chief. We as independent citizens have the responsibility to make positive differences in our communities, because no one from the government is going to do it for us.
Deneen Borelli is outreach director for FreedomWorks and the author of "Blacklash: How Obama and the Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation."
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