Recently I was thinking of a post I wrote back in 2008 before Obama was elected. In this post I described how the Democrats ran Illinois as a one-party state since all levers of state power were in the hands of the bluest of Democrats.
I split Democratic leaders into 2 camps:
1) stone cold 100% redistributionists
2) “don’t strangle the golden goose” just keep it barely alive
The only variable was which Democrats would fall into which of the 2 categories, above.
Amazingly, my post was TOO upbeat. Pretty much all of the democrats fell into the stone-code 100% redistributionist camp. These types:
1) ignore the impact of taxes on behavior and will raise taxes on “the rich” to the highest level they possibly can
2) shamelessly increase government, their backers, and the role of government, their patrons, at all opportunities
This is most chilling in this video as the President’s economic advisers point out all the money that they DON’T take from taxpayers as an increase in deficit spending, implying of course that the money is just there for the taking and that it doesn’t impact behavior at all.
I don’t think even the bleakest of us in our hearts thought that deficit spending would rise to such enormous levels and government would expand at a breakneck pace, taking over companies and industries and even ramming through a giant health care plan, to boot.
I struggle to find even many “don’t strangle the golden goose” Democrats. It is pretty much all bad.
The ONE positive of this whole debacle is that America, unlike Illinois (which is gerrymandered to the hilt) can take back the levers of power at the House, Senate and White House over the next few years and we can definitively answer the question, in a clear manner, of what the Democrats would do if they had power.
Run it like Illinois.