“Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.” Milton Friedman
Recently the chairman of the DNC belched forth a profanity laced tirade that the Republicans “don’t give a s**t about people”:
This does engender the question with regard to the Left’s underlying motivations. Why is it always assumed that national socialist left really cares about people? A close examination of the results of their agenda in a few examples from recent history will prove it is they who are uncaring.
First of all, we will dispense with the socialist-left’s perennial excuse of having Good intentions for the repeated and abject failure of their agenda. At some point, one has to look at the cold hard reality of results instead of mere intent. Time and time again it can be shown that the Left’s socialist national agenda did nothing to help people, despite their repeated exhortations to the contrary. The fact that they have not changed to that which actually works shows that they are truly uncaring about the plight of the people under their rule.
Let us take a look at the results of the Left’s socialist national agenda this is ostensibly meant to help people and see if the truth of the situation bears this out.
Did LBJ’s ‘Great Society’ function as advertised?
Let’s look at the analysis from the Heritage Foundation: The War on Poverty After 50 Years
In his January 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” In the 50 years since that time, U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs. Adjusted for inflation, this spending (which does not include Social Security or Medicare) is three times the cost of all U.S. military wars since the American Revolution. Yet progress against poverty, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau, has been minimal, and in terms of President Johnson’s main goal of reducing the “causes” rather than the mere “consequences” of poverty, the War on Poverty has failed completely. In fact, a significant portion of the population is now less capable of self-sufficiency than it was when the War on Poverty began.
The lens of history informs us this is not the case, despite the myriad promises put forth in the sale of the ‘War on Poverty’. Despite $22 trillion in wealth redistribution there hasn’t been any change for the nation’s poverty stricken.
Instead of actually caring and helping people, this ‘wealth transfer’ took opportunities for economic growth away that would have actually lifted the people out of poverty. But then again, had the people done this on their own they would no longer have any need for the nation’s socialist left.
More recently, how well did the people fair under Obamacare?
Again from the Heritage Foundation and the Daily signal:The Daily Signal Documents the Real-Life Consequences of Obamacare
Americans are struggling due to the failing health care law, and The Daily Signal’s stories are making their way into the national debate, in some cases because they have gone unreported or outright ignored by other media outlet.
Here is a sample of The Daily Signal’s unique and original reporting on the issue.
Does that sampling even sound close to the national socialist left helping people with their much vaunted Obamacare?
Finally, there is the issue of Democratically run cities and People control.
Can anyone seriously argue that people have been helped in cities under decades of leftist rule? Can anyone make the case that depriving people of their civil right of self-defense has kept them safe? The nation’s socialist left can only offer an unending string of excuses for the abject failure of their policies in cities such as Detroit and Chicago.
From the Cato Institute on the causes of the destruction of Detroit: Government, Not Globalization, Destroyed Detroit
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm blames “free trade” for the decline of Detroit’s auto industry and thus the city itself.
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman suggests that “for the most part the city was just an innocent victim of market forces.”
Another MSNBC contributor, Michael Eric Dyson, suggests that “racial animus” was the real culprit.
Then there is the issue that should more aptly labelled people control. It’s always one of those amusing exercises to ask one of our esteemed members of the nation’s socialist left where their ideas of people control have actually worked. Most often the response will either be statistical lies or excuses for it’s failure in cities such as Chicago.
The fact is the Left’s theories on how the world should work redound badly on the lowest rung of the economic strata. It is the poor and downtrodden of the inner cities with strict gun control that bear the brunt of the magical thinking of the national socialist left with regard to one’s right of self defense. And once again we can see that if they really cared about those people, they would reverse their disastrous policies. But they refuse to do so even with the evidence staring them in the face.
Again from the Cato Institute: The Costs and Consequences of Gun Control
At some point down through the decades, it should have occurred to the leftists that their socialist national agenda does not work. The evidence has been in front of everyone for years, and yet the left ignores or even denies it’s existence at times. Therefore, one can only draw the inescapable conclusion that they are unconcerned about the horrific results of their agenda on the people they profess to care about.
Conversely, if they really were concerned about people they would take responsibility for the effects of what they have done in the past and make changes to avoid these results in the future. Thus far they have not admitted to the culpability of their actions of the past, nor have they taken any steps to alter their socialist national agenda into something that actually works.
Good intentions mean nothing in the face of misery brought on by those who purport to care about people. The facts are clear, the socialist national agenda of the left hurts the people they supposedly want to help. If they truly cared they would change their ideology, the fact that they do not is prime fascia evidence that they.. in the words of Tom Perez: “don’t give a s***t about people”