If you want to know what this country will be like if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected next year - and the Democrats keep control of the House and Senate - all you have to do is look at Western European democracies in the 1970s: socialistic economies with massive government-run social programs.
That is Hillary’s goal for "her" United States.
Two recent signs that this is Hillary's ideal plan: Her new national health care plan - to cover everyone - will cost - by her own estimate - a whopping $110 billion per year; (if her estimate is $110 billion per year, you can safely double it and then halve it again to figure out the ultimate cost: $250 billion per year); Her just-released "Baby Bond" plan to give "every baby born in the United States a $5,000 bond upon birth" to pay for college or housing - she was vague about this. Another $20 billion per year. When asked how these programs will be paid for, her staff always has the same answer: "We’ll only raise taxes on the rich." (Of course, it is their definition of "rich" that will cause trouble down the road as they will inevitably have to raise taxes on middle income people to pay for this coming socialism.)
Now, let us face some facts: The Democrats are going to keep control of both houses of Congress in the 2008 elections - regardless of what happens on the top of the ticket in the presidential race. In fact, the odds are good that the Democrats will actually pick up seats in both houses of Congress. If Hillary - or any Democrat - is elected president next year, he/she will have the whole ball of wax: the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate. This means they can - and will - launch one of their national ‘themes’ i.e. the Great Society, the New Deal, the Fair Deal. And this will be - especially if Hillary makes it to the Oval Office - socialized health care, federal mandates, huge domestic spending programs - even bigger than the entitlements we already have. And massive tax increases on the middle class - because that is the only way to pay for these programs; taxing the rich isn’t going to be enough; A simple rule: liberals love to spend money - period! So they will go hog-wild in 2009 with a whole new liberal era - patterned in great part on 1970s England, France, West Germany, Sweden, Norway and the other semi-socialistic democracies. Interestingly, by the 1980s many of these countries began to reject this socialism - even if at first it had sounded so promising. Margaret Thatcher came along and led the charge against a failed experiment. Helmut Kohl in Germany and others followed suit. Eastern Europe - now 17 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall - was addicted to nationalized, communist, from-the-top-down mandatory social programs since the Soviet invasion of the late 1940s. These nations are now fighting to get rid of these elements - and the remaining bureaucracies - and get going on true free enterprise and capitalism. Hillary-ism will, of course, ultimately fail to deliver the promises they will make. In the process, they will further dampen our economy, implement new "entitlements" that are virtually impossible to terminate and saddle our nation with even more debt - and we Republicans do not have a leg to stand on in attacking this fiscal irresponsibility because the past six years under a GOP Congress with a supposedly conservative president has been a fiscal disaster.
The 2008 GOP presidential candidates better be prepared to paint a truthful picture of what is coming in 2009 when the Democrats have full power.
What kills me is that the flip-flopping Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani - both of whom had to work with Democratic legislative bodies when they held office - happily went along with their liberalism instead of fighting and leading, as Reagan did with a Democratic House in 1981.
Sadly, none of our GOP candidates can lead us out of a wet paper bag.
And this void invites Big Trouble - in the form of a new leftward swing of the political pendulum.
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