It’s March, 2009, and pretty much wherever you live in the world, your job is at risk; the value of any investments you may have has fallen by perhaps 50% from last year’s highs; and the threat level, in terms of your family’s physical security, has jumped considerably.
Qui bono? Who benefits? the very rich; far left idealogues; Islamic terrorists; and, dictatorships in countries like Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and communist China.
Inside the United States there’s a tremendous re-distribution of wealth going on: the stimulus bill mortgages the incomes of future taxpayers; the current budget increases both taxes on the employed and the disincentives to investment; and announced Pelosi/Reid plans supported by the President seem designed to increase energy costs, increase indirect taxation, decrease health care quality, stop the educational drift back to teaching, and penalize American business productivity.
Who benefits? Increasing unionization benefits union leadership; reducing educational standards rewards educational bureaucrats and strengthens the political power base for democrats; reducing middle class opportunities increases social stratification for the very rich while strengthening the fund raising base for democrats; reductions in American economic power reduce American strategic power and thus strengthen terrorists and dictators worldwide; increasing energy prices funds terrorism and far left revolutions from Somalia to the Philippines; and, of course, tearing down the middle class expresses some of the hatreds enjoyed by America’s unemployables and some illegals.
This is all bad enough that otherwise sane people are starting to ask the obvious question: did Mr. Obama and the people who put him in place intend the destructive consequences of bringing the weathermen to the Whitehouse?
It’s a good question – but I think this is the wrong time to be asking it. The reality we have to deal with is that we are where we are and the right question isn’t about how we got here, it’s about what we can do to fix things.