Thinking About America





American Thinker is on a roll today.

Rick Moran writes: In nation’s capital, the government robs from the poor and gives to the rich.  His take-off point is a Reuters story on income inequality that observes: "The federal government has emerged as one of the most potent factors driving income inequality in the United States – especially in the nation’s capital."

Moran’s conclusion is "what the government has done for the rich in Washington is incredible" and:

Those best able to tap into the federal spigot and draw out massive amounts of cash live and work in Washington and the surrounding countryside. Willie Sutton’s famous explanation for why he robbed banks because that’s where the money is – can be applied to DC as well. The reason for all that government infrastructure is because Washington is where the tax dollars are. And siphoning the wealth of the American people into the maws of lobbying firms, defense contractors, and others who have learned how to use their influence to receive contracts and benefits from government appears to be the #1 industry in the nation’s capital.

Then Jeffrey Folks examines the new anti-fracking movie Promised Land, which is full of nonsense, sponsored by a Bootleggers-and-Baptists coalition of Middle Eastern potentates,rabid environmentalists, and the political Left.

Folks makes a crucial political point about the controversy:  the Left is motivated by hatred of development and industry more than by love of the environment. "For the left, the real threat of fracking is that it creates wealth that flows into the economy and strengthens the middle class, making it less likely that America will become a socialist state.  National prosperity is the last thing the left wants, because prosperity stands in the way of collectivism."

It is hard to sympathize with the natural gas industry in this fight, because the gas interests gave millions of dollars to the enviros for them to run the same kind of mendacious campaign against coal use. The NG companies are now getting savaged by the forces they funded. But the interest of the people and the nation is that this energy revolution continue, however undeserving its operators.

Picking up on the political theme, Tom Trinko’s American Peasantry argues: "While America was founded by the antithesis of peasants, liberals have been working to reestablish the peasant class because liberals view themselves as the modern nobility; wiser, kinder, more knowing than the folk in flyover country and obligated by their superiority to rule over others."

Because "The DNA of Americans is such that any attempt to produce a peasant class by convincing folks that liberals are superior to the average Joe or Jane is doomed to failure," says Trinko, "liberals have taken the second path — frighten the people to the extent that they feel the government is the only source of safety."

In this calculus, a bad economy is a feature rather than a problem. "A bad economy worked in both FDR and Obama’s favor because it put fear into Americans; sufficient fear that they would turn to government largess as a seemingly safe haven n a time of economic despair."

All three are much richer than can be conveyed by these excerpts. Read them all — and more besides. American Thinker is a constant source of thought-provoking pieces. And it provides original work, well-researched and fact-filled. It is not simply an aggregator of press reports.



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  • unseen1

    unless we  get a leader  now  for  our  views,  we are doomed.   Its plain as  day the  socialist forces  in DC  both  REP and DEM  have   reached a tipping  point  and  unless a true leader emerges  in  this  country   in which the avg joe and jane  can rally  behind   the american  experiment in freedom is over.  

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    A very under-reported phenomenon is how much both black and Hispanic families have lost in both wealth and income under the progressive inanities that substitute for sound policy in the current administration.  And then there is the shrinking middle class under Obama’s stewardship of economic and fiscal policy.

    The rich keep getting richer, and the gap between rich and poor keeps getting wider.  Big corporate cronies of the PPC are stronger than ever, and small businessmen are under increasingly heavy tax and regulatory burdens.  Everyone here knows all of that, but the only voices speaking up are those of the conservative right, and no one in the GOPe appears to be listening.

    The status quo cannot stand.

    • unseen1

      its marxism  striaght up.  Marx  understood  that it  is the middle class who will protect capitalism.   Once  you  get the rich and the poor  the poor  will become marxists  and since there  are more poor than rich.   the socialist  revolution can  commence.

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Lenin, the archetype of the communist revolutionary, did not care much for working class people, either.  Marxist revolutions have never, ever been the work of the proletariat.  

        Always they have been the work of educated elitists who think they know better, like Lenin, Trotsky, Castro, Che, Ho-Chi-Minh, Pol Pot, ad nauseum.  

        Lenin suppressed the unions of the poor working classes in his new Soviet regime, just as he crushed any and all other potential  centers of opposition to the party line.  Union leaders who did not bow to his rule were liquidated, just as ruthlessly as were the Kulaks, White Russians, Mensheviks, dissident socialists, the Orthodox Church, the aristocracy, the military, et. al.

        Don’t look to the working class poor for the animus of the ongoing progressive-socialist coup.  Look to the elitist cadre with which Obama surrounds himself.  They are the True Believers.

  • bongobear

    I read it every day.  You’re correct about the quality of the articles on the site.

  • nkthgreek

    As long as some believe it is "right" to take from others, they will never have enough to satisfy their definition of income equality.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7HCPR7JLQP6R33GXP5DO5XKDM 1776er

    "Because “The DNA of Americans is such that any attempt to produce a peasant class by convincing folks that liberals are superior to the average Joe or Jane is doomed to failure,” says Trinko, “liberals have taken the second path — frighten the people to the extent that they feel the government is the only source of safety.”

    In this calculus, a bad economy is a feature rather than a problem. “A bad economy worked in both FDR and Obama’s favor because it put fear into Americans; sufficient fear that they would turn to government largess as a seemingly safe haven n a time of economic despair.”

    Jeeez, I hate to say I told you so.  But, I told you so!  

    Mitt Romney’s grinding on how bad the economy was and how screwed the middle class is only worked to Obama’s favor.  It is the economy, stupid!  The worse it gets the better it is for the Marxist Socialists.  

    Obama ground out a victory based on fear–Race Fear/Class Fear/Gender Fear/Religious Fear.  He put together a massive, successful Alinsky campaign of polarizing his "enemy".  He turned Romney into a monster who wanted to put people back in chains while clamping chastity belts on their lady parts as he evaded his taxes in off shore tax havens where he prayed to his Mormon God to spare the nation from same sex marriage.  

    Romney ran GDP statistics at us.  Gee, look at that 2% growth rate. I know the economy. I can do better. Wow.

    FDR said "All we have to fear is fear itself"  It should be the Republican party motto.  Fear is what keeps them a minority party.  

    The Democrats get America to vote its fears.  Republicans get Americans to vote for………what?…….the GDP?

  • Hipparchia

    Thanks for the links to these articles.

    Tom Trinko is right that a stagnating (or worse) economy is a boon to the Democrats.  The more desperate people are, the more they feel in need of government programs.  And the more they focus only on short term survival, not long term prosperity.    

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