Income inequality used to be a fact of life and not being poor was a goal. Now it’s a right funded by our government. Upward mobility used to be a goal, too, and a value we took pride in. It’s hard to be proud of something others do for you, though, especially when they are paying the bill.
If we learned nothing else in 2013, we know now that bipartisanship is worse than gridlock. Conservative politicians helped the White House and Congressional Democrats accomplish bits and pieces of their agenda while the opposition dug in its heels. If that wasn’t enough, RINOs in the Senate gave in on immigration reform, a critical piece of Barack Obama’s legacy.
Reading this will make you angry if you earn minimum wage, if you are an Illinois teacher waiting for retirement, a student counting on loan forgiveness, a bottom-feeding activist or organizer, or an illegal immigrant convinced you deserve everything. It should. Your president has pledged that America made a bargain with the people.¹ It owes us something.
It’s a tough time for conservatives. There is some joy to be had from the predictable failure of big government health care’s rollout, but the amusement is tempered by knowing a law we haven’t been able to get rid of is already hurting us. So far, the one GOP strategy that works to halt destructive progressivism and no doubt keeps Barack Obama awake at night is simple: make sure nothing happens to make things worse.