In a speech Wednesday in Osawatomie, Kansas, President Obama made his ideological stance clear: he is a tried and true progressive.
Despite the total failures of his big government policies, the president still sees the federal government as the answer to all of America’s problems.
True to form, President Obama delivered a speech with strong rhetoric. But the American people see through the rhetoric. They know the President’s philosophy is flawed.
After three years of a massive expansion of government, the enactment of Obamacare, hundreds of billions of dollars in failed stimulus spending, government ownership of General Motors, a Big Labor/pro-unionization onslaught, threats of even higher taxation, the promulgation of more unnecessary regulations, and a total failure to confront the entitlement challenge, the verdict is in on President Obama’s record and the soundness of his statist, progressive philosophy.
That record is not strong. With a soaring deficit and stagnant economy, with 13.3 million Americans out of work and anemic job growth, it’s no surprise the President neglected these facts in his speech.
The President cited Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose movement as a model of good government. Arguing for increased infrastructure spending, higher taxation on job creators, increased regulation and more redistribution of wealth, Obama fell back to using class-warfare rhetoric to make his case.
Matthew Spalding, vice president of The Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, explains why President Obama’s class-warfare language is contrary to what America is really about:
There are no class distinctions in America. That’s why Steve Jobs could start an adopted child in a broken home, start Apple in a garage and become a billionaire eight times over. The real distinction here is caused by the rise of a new governing class of experts, bureaucrats and political elites who insist on ruling us to enforce “fairness” rather than letting us govern ourselves under the rule of law.
Indeed, the new fairness inevitably leads to bureaucratic favoritism, inequalities based on special interests and undue political influence. The real class warfare, as Paul Ryan argued in his recent speech at The Heritage Foundation, is caused by “a class of governing elites, exploiting the politics of division to pick winners and losers in our economy and determine our destinies for us.
Class warfare does not exist in a land of opportunity. President Obama’s own personal story refutes his thesis. A man from meager beginnings now sits in the Oval Office and is commander in chief. And he is not alone. Millions of Americans have risen and found success in this country. But according to the President, achieving individual success in this country cannot happen without the help of an overbearing government.
“In his world, the government is the giver of all things, the defender of the middle class, and the architect of prosperity,” says Brownfield. “Likewise, success is not something to be championed but to be demagogued in the name of the expansion of the state.”
What do you think? Are there class distinctions in America?