Barack Obama is putting together a “frightening” social program rather than a package that will stimulate the economy, says Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader.
“The proposal is full of welfare — welfare for local governments, welfare for people, subsidies for health insurance, expanding the federal government’s involvement in our educational system,” DeLay tells Newsmax.
What the estimated $820 billion plan amounts to is “just complete, out-and-out writing of checks to people that don’t pay taxes,” DeLay observes. “These are welfare checks that are called tax cuts.”
In general, “I’m very frightened of what I see. What I see is a president that is probably the best that I’ve ever seen, coming from the left, at saying one thing and doing another,” DeLay says.
DeLay cites Obama’s inaugural address.
“He was talking about the era of responsibilities and made you think that we were talking about tough love and people taking responsibility for their actions, and going through the consequences of those actions,” DeLay says. “When in fact his era of responsibility means the government is going to be responsible for all your decisions, and it’s going to be involved in every aspect of your life. The redistribution of wealth is going to be overwhelming.”
Regardless of what Obama’s views are, he has to deal with the left in the House and the Senate, DeLay says.
“They’re going to force him to do things that he may not want to do, even if he doesn’t want to do them,” DeLay says. “He may be a real politician and move in different ways to appear to the American people to be one thing when he’s not, but his world view is from the left, his world view is socialism, and in my opinion, he’s not going to give up that world view.”
Since leaving Congress in 2006, DeLay has formed First Principles, a political consulting firm, and founded the Coalition for a Conservative Majority.
Republicans need to organize, communicate, and coordinate, DeLay says.
“The left has put together one of the most powerful political coalitions I’ve ever witnessed in my career over the last eight years — coordinated giving, communications organizations, think tanks, all kinds of different organizations,” DeLay says. “They’re even capable of going into congressional districts like they did in 2006 and 2008, set up full-blown separate campaigns from the official campaigns and the party, dumping millions of dollars into these districts and taking Republicans out.”
Republicans need to build organizations that will pull American people together “to fight not only the legislative agenda but to be involved in driving our issues in the campaigns,” DeLay says. “We need communications operations and organizations so that we can get our message out. Most important, all conservative organizations have to start coordinating with each other to drive our agenda and our issues. We’ve got to convince our donors to coordinate their giving, to give to only effective organizations that are driving a conservative agenda.”
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