Belt­way ar­ro­gance and blind faith

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - David Lim­baugh

Rep. Charles Ran­gel’s re­cent com­ments about Pres­i­dent Obama’s bud­get ex­em­plify the lib­eral rul­ing class’s Belt­way ar­ro­gance and blind faith in an ide­ol­ogy that com­pels it to press on the ac­cel­er­a­tor as we head for the cliff to­ward the na­tion’s fi­nan­cial ruin.

How else do you ex­plain the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s and Congress’ seem­ing in­dif­fer­ence to the in­evitably bankrupt­ing con­se­quences of their profli­gacy; their dis­guis­ing a $1 tril­lion po­lit­i­cal pa­tron­age bill as an eco­nomic stim­u­lus pack­age when only 23 per­cent of it is ar­guably stim­u­la­tive in the short term; and their au­dac­ity in forc­ing (and re­ward­ing) banks to make un­cred­it­wor­thy loans, pres­sur­ing Fred­die and Fan­nie to “se­cu­ri­tize” them, en­cour­ag­ing AIG and oth­ers to traf­fic in “de­riv­a­tives,” and then pun­ish­ing all of them in­stead of tak­ing the blame them­selves? They are the ones who cre­ated this havoc and then re­fused to take cor­rec­tive reg­u­la­tory action when warned of the im­pend­ing fi­nan­cial dis­as­ter.

Chris Wal­lace, the host of “Fox News Sun­day,” asked Mr. Ran­gel whether he was trou­bled by Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice es­ti­mates that Mr. Obama’s deficits will be $2.3 tril­lion higher than the al­ready-astro­nom­i­cal White House pro­jec­tions.

“I am more im­pressed,” said Mr. Ran­gel, “with the fact that Obama is looking for a bet­tere­d­u­cated and a healthy — a stronger work force, go­ing into a new green econ­omy, that this has to show that Amer­ica can get off the ground with the deficit and move to where we were un­der the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion — draw­ing a strong sur­plus. The only way for us to get out of this is to change our way of liv­ing in this coun­try, and that’s the di­rec­tion in which the Obama bud­get is go­ing, and I strongly sup­port it.”

When Mr. Ran­gel says we need to “change our way of liv­ing in this coun­try,” he does not mean that the so­lu­tion to our un­sus­tain­able bud­gets is to tighten our fed­eral belt and cur­tail gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion in the mar­ket.

What he’s re­ally say­ing is, “We lib­er­als are go­ing to do what we’ve been itch­ing to do for decades, and even though our poli­cies will place greater bur­dens on the econ­omy, re­tard eco­nomic growth, and cause the debt and deficits to fur­ther ex­plode, we’ll end up with a sur­plus any­way be­cause we are so doggone vir­tu­ous with our lib­eral com­pas­sion that fate will have to re­ward us.”

Does any­one re­ally be­lieve that greater fed­eral con­trol over ed­u­ca­tion re­plete with lib­er­als’ pri­or­ity for in­doc­tri­na­tion over aca­demics, the en­vi­ron­ment — with its oner­ous cap and trade re­quire­ments — and health care will stim­u­late the econ­omy and re­duce our deficits?

Of course not, but their agenda is not about eco­nomic growth, which is bound to oc­cur as a mat­ter of course de­spite their ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity. Th­ese lib­eral tin­ker­ers be­lieve they fi­nally have a chance — be­cause of the cri­sis men­tal­ity, which they see as an “op­por­tu­nity” they can’t waste — to im­ple­ment their com­pre­hen­sive agenda — and not just on ed­u­ca­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment and health care. Now is their time to strengthen la­bor unions, pun­ish pro­duc­ers and re­dis­tribute wealth. Now is the time to con­vert the war on ter­ror into a law en­force­ment mat­ter and cod­dle for­eign dic­ta­tors even as they laugh in our face. Now is the time to use the power of the pres­i­dency to pro­mote the abom­inable prac­tice of abor­tion.

The way they see it, they now have a chance to ac­tu­al­ize their vi­sion for an Amer­ica that is re­made in their im­age and that is rad­i­cally at odds with the vi­sion of this na­tion’s Founders. It doesn’t mat­ter that there couldn’t be a worse time in our his­tory for im­ple­ment­ing their reck­less poli­cies. They know they may not get an­other chance in their life­times to work such mis­chief. Even though it will break the fed­eral bank, us, our chil­dren and our grand­chil­dren, it’s all go­ing to be OK be­cause they will fi­nally have achieved their statist vi­sion for Amer­ica.

Their ide­ol­ogy tells them that any means jus­tify the ends of achiev­ing their lib­eral Utopia — even means (such as lit­er­ally bankrupt­ing fed­eral bud­gets) that log­i­cally guar­an­tee it can never be achieved. That’s what I mean by their blind faith in an ide­ol­ogy.

For greater in­sight into the lib­eral mind, to help you un­der­stand why lib­er­als are bliss­fully driv­ing like Mr. Ma­goo to­ward the precipice of our na­tional fi­nan­cial de­struc­tion, I re­fer you again to Mark Levin’s “Lib­erty and Tyranny,” in which he dis- sects the statist’s un­shak­able drive to ex­pand gov­ern­ment and con­trol our lives.

The statist never learns from his pol­icy fail­ures. He is never de­terred by the de­struc­tion he causes. Neg­a­tive data are sim­ply re­jected, as with his stead­fast al­le­giance to failed Key­ne­sian eco­nomics.

“The fact is that the New Deal was, over­all, a dis­mal fail­ure,” writes Mr. Levin. “Yet to­day it serves as the Statist’s pro­to­type for gov­er­nance. [. . .] (The statist) is un­moved by rea­son, ev­i­dence and his­tory.”

Blind faith, in­deed.

David Lim­baugh is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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