A Gallup poll released January 15 contains some very telling information about Americans’ priorities in 2014. When asked, “what do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?”, most Americans at 21 percent said “dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians; poor leadership/corruption/abuse of power.”
Liberal politicians often defend ineffective, costly legislative initiatives that at first glance seem compassionate. As we reflect today on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” we need to question its effectiveness and that of other liberal, big government attempts to solve or reduce the problem of poverty in America. Despite the fact that the federal government spends billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars on big-government programs, 15 percent of Americans still live in poverty.
That’s unchanged since the birth of the “War on Poverty” in the mid-1960’s. The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector notes in the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d):
LBJ promised that the war on poverty would be an “investment” that would “return its cost manifold to the entire economy.” But the country has invested $20.7 trillion in 2011 dollars over the past 50 years. What does America have to show for its investment? Apparently, almost nothing: The official poverty rate persists with little improvement.
The Obama administration may want you to spend your Christmas or holiday celebrations talking about Obamacare. We know you deserve better than that! As Lady Margaret Thatcher said, “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” With millions of Americans losing the healthcare plans they liked under Obamacare, talk of the failed law will almost certainly serve to darken the mood.
Over the past week, there has been a renewed interest in the fight for the heart and soul of the “right.” We recall the classic split in the movement in the 1950’s and 60’s with the Rockefeller vs. Goldwater (Reagan versus Ford) fights that broke down by Liberal Republican versus Conservative Republican. Abortion, War, and Tax divisions defined the debate. This is why Goldwater, Reagan and Phyllis Schlafly said that we needed a “Choice, not an Echo.”
The Conservative Wing won that fight; we had 12 pro-life candidates vying for the GOP nomination in 2012, no Republican ran on a tax-raising platform or for Nationalization of Housing and note the unified bloc of GOPers all but shouting down a national health insurance scheme called ObamaCare.
The new media-hyped “split” in the party and movement isn’t your grandfather’s schism. This is a new split that is best observed outside the beltway. The new split is inside vs outside; or Establishment versus Activist.
What are conservatives up against in 2013? We are up against an extremely liberal President and his ideological allies in the Senate. What do we believe in and work to preserve? An America where freedom and prosperity flourish. We promote free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense – and liberals adamantly disagree with us.
In April of 2012, the New York Times had the stunning revelation that President Obama was intentionally bypassing Congress to advance his ideological goals. They noted what they characterized as a marked shift in the President’s tone at a strategy meeting in the fall of 2011.
He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.