Bush’s New Adventure in Statism

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In his speech last night President Dubya promised to send us on a new adventure in statism if reelected:

He boasted of passing “the most important federal education reform in history.” Translation: the nationalization of education under the guiding hand of Ted Kennedy.

He also boasted of the biggest expansion of the American welfare state in 40 years: “Soon every senior will be able to get prescription drug coverage.” And, get this: “Nothing will hold us back.” Presumably, this means the Constitution, or the public, or conservative values. Wild cheers filled the auditorium.

Rush Limbaugh spent hundreds of hours on the radio ridiculing former Labor Secretary Robert Reich during the Clinton administration for recommending more government-run job training programs. Now Rush’s hero, Dubya, is proposing the exact same thing. More welfare for “working” people.
“[W]e will double the number of people served by our principal job training program . . .”

The blight of housing socialism will also be spread throughout the land as “other incentives” besides tax relief will be used to “improve housing.” “Other incentives” can ony mean more socialized housing welfare subsidies.

Tax credits to establish health savings accounts will be set up, but then they will be paid for not by employees but by the taxpayers as the federal governement will “provide direct help for low-income Americans to purchase them.” Even more welfare.

Government-run Socialist “health centers” of the sort that would make Hillary Clinton proud will be constructed in every nook an cranny of America: “I will ensure every poor county in America has a community or rural health center.”

Seven million more “affordable homes” will be built in the next four years. More housing welfare, courtesy of the taxpayers.

So that no one — no one — escapes the Bush plan for socialized health care, “we will lead an aggressive effort to enroll millions of poor children who are elibible but not signed up for the government’s health insurance propgram.”

More welfare payments will go through churches, corrupting them with politics and further destroying what used to be a vital part of the civil society “Because religious charities provide a safety net . . .”

Then there’s the crazed imperialism, promising to “advance liberty in the broader Middle East.” The key word here is BROADER. On to Iran! Then Syria! Lebanon! . . . . . . . The crowd cheered wildly over the prospect of more death, more bombing, more dead civilians, and endless global warfare in the name of “transforming sick societies.”

9:29 am on September 3, 2004