Rallying the troops before campaign season in support of collectivism and class warfare, Barack Obama spoke to the DNC last Friday about opportunity:
It’s what this country was built on. And it is the idea that this party is built on.1
Opportunity is not what we get when a politician trained in Illinois hits the big time. Obama’s collectivism targets groups that vote for Democrats and drains the economy while real economic growth flounders. So where does opportunity enter the picture?
Collectivism means buying opportunity.
Collectivism at the ballot box is pretty simple and straightforward, relying on class warfare rhetoric to stir up the masses. Like our health care system, the economy that made the U.S. a global leader and superpower needs to be fixed:
Our job is to rebuild an economy that grows for the many, not just the few; . . .2
Have Democrats mistaken collectivism for greedy opportunism? Opportunism would be a more laudable goal, but in the end the result is the same: less opportunity for everyone, especially the middle and lower classes that corporations, the rich, and the tax code are accused of holding back.
Carefully crafted stump speeches pushing collectivism with class warfare bombast speak to Americans who believe opportunity is something the government provides and corporations take away. Does the promise of opportunity for all mean buying opportunity for groups President Obama has convinced were denied a share of his lukewarm recovery?
Democrats, for more than 200 years, our country, our success, our progress, our people — all of it has been grounded, it’s been based, rooted in a basic promise — the promise of opportunity for all.3
That promise has a price tag, whether it is infrastructure spending, minimum wage welfare, or outright handouts (see: How Much Inequality Should Liberals Fix With Our Money?). How many times does it have to be said that opportunity is no guarantee of success? Ask any business owner who has permanently chained the doors, or who is struggling to get by while facing what Democrats call “pro-growth reform.”
Obama’s pro-growth reform is class warfare in disguise.
Pro-growth is a sneaky term. It sounds like a good thing. It used to mean good things. Not anymore.
Has pushing middle class collectivism gotten the better of our president? If you are going to engage in class warfare, you at least need to get your classes straight. Often, when he talks about the middle class he means the lower and working classes. Does the plight of migrant workers remind him of Stalin’s collectivist farms? Infrastructure projects are the Democratic Party’s substitute, as if every American who needs work is itching to hold a pickaxe for the government:
The President’s Budget will outline his proposal to dedicate $150 billion in one-time transition revenue from pro-growth business tax reform to address the funding crisis facing our surface transportation programs and increase infrastructure investment.4
Pro-growth funding has to come from somewhere:
Under the President’s proposal, some businesses would pay less, some corporations would pay more, but everyone would pay their fair share.5
That’s where class warfare comes in. Call them the few, the 1%, or whatever liberal slur you like, “pay more” companies and high earning Americans are what pro-growth is all about. Administration officials like to hint that pro-growth means lower business tax rates, but they can’t resist a nod to the dreaded balanced approach to funding the deficit. We all know what that means. If you still have, you should be paying more.
The president claimed during his My Brother’s Keeper announcement that:
Because at a time when the economy is growing, we’ve got to make sure that every American shares in that growth, not just a few.6
Is he repeating himself? Sounds like the same line he used on the DNC. What does every American sharing in our growth mean? It means government giving away to the huddled masses instead of creating real opportunity. Our money will be spent. Democrats will ask for more. If we empower them at the ballot box the only thing we will accomplish is enslaving whole classes of Americans to the government and digging our fiscal hole deeper in the name of Democratic collectivism. Or is that opportunism?