What this campaign is re­ally all about

If elected, Clin­ton will fin­ish the eco­nomic re­dis­tri­bu­tion Obama started

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Mon­ica Crow­ley

The po­lit­i­cal firestorms of the past week — the 2005 tape of Don­ald Trump ut­ter­ing crass state­ments about women, Wik­iLeaks’ dis­clo­sure of thou­sands of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s emails re­veal­ing her two-faced hypocrisy, the ap­pear­ance at the sec­ond pres­i­den­tial de­bate of sev­eral women who have ac­cused Bill Clin­ton of rape and sex­ual as­sault, Mr. Trump’s come­back de­bate per­for­mance — have ob­scured one crit­i­cally im­por­tant truth.

Hil­lary Clin­ton is seek­ing the Democrats’ third term in the pres­i­dency. It’s not, how­ever, her hus­band’s third term. It’s Pres­i­dent Obama’s.

She rou­tinely praises Mr. Obama and his eco­nomic ste­ward­ship while em­brac­ing his rad­i­cal, far-left ap­proach that drives the party she now seeks to lead.

Mr. Trump of­fered a re­fresher on Mr. Obama’s ide­ol­ogy, the poli­cies it wrought and the dev­as­tat­ing re­sults they pro­duced. Mrs. Clin­ton, he said, would make an al­ready ru­inous econ­omy worse.

Mr. Obama once likened his brief time in the pri­vate sec­tor to be­ing “a spy be­hind en­emy lines.” In De­cem­ber 2011, he gave a ma­jor eco­nomic speech in Osawatomie, Kan., that re­vealed just how much he still be­lieves eco­nomic free­dom is the “en­emy.”

In his ad­dress, Mr. Obama re­it­er­ated his fierce com­mit­ment to the rad­i­cal wealth re­dis­tri­bu­tion of Euro­pean-style demo­cratic so­cial­ism. The wreck­ing ball he let swing is smash­ing through ev­ery part of the econ­omy, ex­actly as planned.

“Now, just as there was in Teddy Roo­sevelt’s time, there is a cer­tain crowd in Wash­ing­ton who, for the last few decades, have said, ‘let’s re­spond to this eco­nomic chal­lenge with the same old tune,’ ” he in­toned. “‘The mar­ket will take care of ev­ery­thing,’ they tell us.

“Now, it’s a sim­ple the­ory,” he con­tin­ued. “And we have to ad­mit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged in­di­vid­u­al­ism and our healthy skep­ti­cism of too much govern­ment. That’s in Amer­ica’s DNA. And that the­ory fits well on a bumper sticker. But here’s the prob­lem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked.”

Mr. Obama was re­ally say­ing that eco­nomic free­dom doesn’t work. Eco­nomic de­ci­sions can­not be left to in­di­vid­u­als, who are too self­ish, greedy and reck­less to make them. They must be con­sol­i­dated in the hands of the state, which can more evenly “spread the wealth around” to in­sure equal­ity of out­comes rather than equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity.

This is a core of the Democrats’ be­liefs. Like Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clin­ton is con­stantly po­si­tion­ing her­self as a great de­fender of the mid­dle class, but much of what they both have done has been geared to­ward de­stroy­ing it: record govern­ment spend­ing, ex­plod­ing deficits, in­flat­ing the cur­rency and de­valu­ing the dol­lar, rais­ing taxes, bur­den­ing busi­nesses with ever-in­creas­ing costs and reg­u­la­tions.

While they hit the high­est earn­ers, their real tar­get is the mid­dle class, which is less able to man­age the left­ist eco­nomic as­sault. Their ul­ti­mate goal is to so weaken the mid­dle class that it be­comes ut­terly de­pen­dent on govern­ment as well.

“I be­lieve that this coun­try suc­ceeds when ev­ery­one gets a fair shot, when ev­ery­one does their fair share, when ev­ery­one plays by the same rules,” Mr. Obama said in Osawatomie. He hasn’t changed his think­ing or his poli­cies one iota. And Mrs. Clin­ton has adopted the same lan­guage and phi­los­o­phy, mean­ing her poli­cies will con­tinue — and worsen— what Mr. Obama be­gan:

• A high rate of chronic long-term unem­ploy­ment.

• The worst jobs record of any pres­i­dent in the mod­ern age.

• The low­est la­bor par­tic­i­pa­tion rate since the 1970s.

• An un­prece­dented num­ber of un­der­em­ployed peo­ple.

• Plum­met­ing real me­dian in­come.

• Black unem­ploy­ment at its high­est level in nearly 30 years.

• The steep­est drop in the Amer­i­can stan­dard of liv­ing in over 50 years.

• As per­cent­ages of GDP, fed­eral spend­ing, the bud­get deficit and the na­tional debt at their high­est lev­els since World War II.

• U.S. credit down­graded for the first time in his­tory.

• More than 20,000 new reg­u­la­tions, rules and guide­lines is­sued.

• A record in­crease of Amer­i­cans liv­ing in poverty, in­clud­ing record num­bers of chil­dren.

• The high­est level of govern­ment de­pen­dency on one or more fed­eral ben­e­fit pro­grams in Amer­i­can his­tory.

To Mr. Obama, this isn’t a record of fail­ure. It’s a record of success. It was all de­signed and ex­e­cuted to near per­fec­tion by the left, which had to up­root the ex­ist­ing eco­nomic sys­tem in or­der to re­place it with its re­dis­tribu­tive one. Mr. Obama and his com­rades knew it would be painful and jar­ring. They didn’t care, as long as it was in ser­vice of their big­ger goal.

Mrs. Clin­ton seeks to lock in ev­ery­thing he did and com­plete what he called the “fun­da­men­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the na­tion.” If she is al­lowed to fin­ish the left’s mis­sion, there will be no re­vers­ing it.

He will pass the wreck­ing ball to her and she will keep it swing­ing. The only thing that can stop its de­struc­tion is us, via the im­per­fect but spot-on Repub­li­can nom­i­nee.

Eco­nomic de­ci­sions can­not be left to in­di­vid­u­als, who are too self­ish, greedy and reck­less to make them.

Mon­ica Crow­ley is ed­i­tor of on­line opin­ion at The Wash­ing­ton Times.

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