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Obama’s Future — A Nation on the Dole

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One of the first goals of revolutionary movements from the Jacobins to the Bolsheviks to the radical administration of Franklin Roosevelt has been the creation or expansion of the welfare state. The goal is to create an underclass dependent on government for survival whose self interest dictates unswerving loyalty to the revolutionary establishment. These dolists will vote and protest and even riot in the streets to keep open the downward flow of wealth redistributed from the productive classes.

The Democrats have a history of using the poor as a powerbase and keeping people poor to expand that base. It started with FDR's New Deal, continued with LBJ's Great Society and with only four years to assure their continued control of government the cabal of Obama, Reid and Pelosi are working very hard and very fast to expand that base again by driving the middle class down into poverty and reducing the employment base. The goal is to have as much of the population as possible unemployed or underemployed and dependent on government for survival, justifying uncontrolled seizure of wealth and assets from the productive classes.

This plan is the only way to explain what appears to be a conscious decision to let unemployment run out of control, applying stimulus money to programs which do nothing to create sustainable jobs and doing nothing to address the decline of the dollar and the flight of businesses and jobs overseas.

This is the only way to explain the emphasis on creating green jobs, a practice which studies have shown destroys as many as 20 jobs in the long term for every new job it creates. How else can you explain the unprecedented deficit spending and accumulation of debt which has driven the dollar to its lowest value relative to foreign currencies in 30 years? If this is not a coordinated effort to drive people into unemployment and poverty then it represents criminal incompetence in the administration's management of the economy.

With unemployment already set to exceed 10% and at the highest level in 30 years, the Heritage Foundation reports that the Baucus Bill which will be the basis for healthcare "reform" will solve the problem of the uninsured by moving as many as 14 million middle income Americans onto Medicaid, making these hard working families welfare recipients for the first time. It will also drive down the disposable income of millions more so that they will qualify for other welfare programs, including substantially expanding the number of families eligible for food stamps. All of this comes at a price of almost a trillion dollars and leaves as many as 18 million still uninsured.

In the past year we have already seen a 19% increase in the number of food stamps recipients nationwide, bringing the total number of Americans on Food Stamps to 12% of the population, the highest level in history. Government spending on welfare programs currently amounts to about 25% of GDP while private charities account for another 10% of GDP.  Twenty percent of the population is already on Medicaid and 25% more receive income subsidies through the Earned Income Credit.

With more than half of the population involved in some sort of government wealth redistribution program, we have set the stage for the perpetual rule of a majority that uses the power of government to vote itself benefits seized from the shrinking productive minority of the population. This is a formula for economic destruction, leading to the inevitable implementation of central planning and total state control of the remains of the economy. If these policies continue we will eventually see the end of private enterprise, perpetual single party rule, our entire workforce employed by the state and every one of our once free citizens will be on the dole.

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About Dave Nalle

Dave Nalle is Executive Director of the Texas Liberty Foundation, Chairman of the Center for Foreign and Defense Policy, South Central Regional Director for the Republican Liberty Caucus and an advisory board member at the Coalition to Reduce Spending. He was Texas State Director for the Gary Johnson Presidential campaign, an adviser to the Ted Cruz senatorial campaign, Communications Director for the Travis County Republican Party and National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. He has also consulted on many political campaigns, specializing in messaging. Before focusing on political activism, he owned or was a partner in several businesses in the publishing industry and taught college-level history for 20 years.
  • Perhaps the answer is to force companies, e.g. Walmart, to pay its employees enough money to live on, and to force them to provide medical cover? Then the state wouldn’t have to step in to stop workers’ families going hungry, or without essential medical care?

  • glad the see that the bc politics section has transformed itself into a pathetic mirror of the squealing bray that is fox, msnbc, etc.

  • Clavos

    Glad you’re glad, Mark.

    We live to please.

  • I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen anyone on Fox come right out and say this truth — not even Beck. And MSNBC wouldn’t know the truth if it bit them on the ass.


  • STM

    A nation on the dole. Only one answer for that.

    Everyone: move to the coast and start surfing.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Dave, would you consider yourself to be a part of the productive minority? This isn’t a leading question, either. Just wondering.

  • Jordan Richardson

    I do think that this article is generally reflective of the typical conservative way of thinking.

    The basic premise is that everything’s “fine” the way it is. Don’t fix what ain’t broke, etc., and if you do have to fix something, make sure to involve as little regulation/government/tax as possible.

    Into this matrix, the conservative movement in America adds the general idea that the poor in the country have done something to deserve it. Because everything’s “fine,” there can’t possibly be flaws in the private sector and everything is working nicely (for them). If you can’t find a job or can’t earn enough of a living wage to support a family, a conservative would say that you should either go find another job (or two) to make ends meet OR that it’s your fault for not making it. This is called “personal responsibility” and ANY so-called shirking of that responsibility makes one “reliant on the government for -fill in the blanks-” and a lousy bum.

    Conservatives believe that things should be left alone and that private citizens (they really mean companies) should be allowed to do as much as they want so long as it doesn’t impede the “liberty” of another private citizen (they really mean companies) to do whatever they want. And so on.

    So when Dave talks about a “minority” of productive people, he’s not talking about making font. He’s talking about his ideological bedmates, about those who think and firmly believe that everything’s “fine.”

    The caveat to everything being “fine” is, of course, that a Republican or conservative must be in charge.

    If it’s a Democrat, well, everything’s fucked.

  • Kenn Jacobine


    The government causes high prices in the first place through the Federal Reserve system. Our dollar has lost 95 percent of its value since the Fed began printing our money in 1914. That is why the price of things like healthcare is so high. With a free market currency the market would determine the amount of money needed and prices would stay in check. In other words, our money would not be politicized where the Fed prints it to bail out their buddies on Wall Street and the politicians spend money they don’t have to ensure their reelection.

    One way to combat Dave’s issue (nation is becoming welfare slaves) is as a productive citizen just leave the country. Don’t pay taxes to support others and watch the system collapse inside out. Then return to rebuild and put the criminals (Congress, Federal Reserve, and Administration) on trial for sabotage and treason.

  • Jordan, as usual, you read things into my article which are not there and respond to your mistaken assumptions instead of anything I believe.

    Yes, I consider myself part of the “productive minority” because I pay taxes greater than the amount of tax money which is consumed for government services which I use.

    But you are wrong to think that I believe that everything is fine or that this is the general attitude of people in my political wing. We certainly do NOT believe that everything is fine. We absolutely do NOT beleive that driving people into poverty through government policies is a good thing. What we want is for people to have a chance to prosper and live up to their potential and have a decent life in our nation, which can best be accomplished by freeing them from the burden of a controlling government and letting them participate fully in the economy.

    We don’t disagree on the problems of the nation, we just understand that the solutions the left keeps proposing fail again and again and in many cases contribute to or create the problems we’re faced with. It’s insanity to repeat the same failed policies again and again. It’s time to go back, rethink things and take an entirely different approach.


  • Perhaps the answer is to force companies, e.g. Walmart, to pay its employees enough money to live on,

    WalMart already pays wages at a level which is sufficient for a person to live on, albeit not in luxury.

    and to force them to provide medical cover? Then the state wouldn’t have to step in to stop workers’ families going hungry, or without essential medical care?

    Or we could just shut WalMart down and leave all of those people with no jobs at all, which is basically what would result from your suggestion.


  • Patriot

    Of course, the biggest consumers of government welfare are our big corporations who get the lions share of welfare handouts in the form of insider no-bid contracts, special tax breaks, special accounting practices, and then outright bailouts and handouts ala the TARP and other such.

    And why wouldn’t they? The big corporations buy and pay for congressmen, and their employees and advocates mob the corridors of power in Washington.

    The table scraps that the needy of the USA get are pathetic in comparison. And more Americans join the ranks of the needy every day as they lose their homes to the voracious financial institutions, backed by federal funding, ala Tarp, whose greed is unlimited and uninhibited.

  • Baronius

    Jordan, you’re close. It’s not that conservatives believe that things are so perfect that more government would only make things worse. It’s that we believe that government generally makes things worse. You can get a pretty good read on the difference when you hear liberals say that we’ve got to do something about the health care crisis, that there never been a better opportunity to do something. Now, strictly speaking, they don’t want to “do something”; they have particular policies in mind. And it’s just as true that the Republicans who oppose the current legislation aren’t the Party of No because they said no to this particular legislation. But it’s fair to say that when it’s time to do something, Democrats are more interested in doing while Republicans are more focused on the something.

  • The goal is to have as much of the population as possible unemployed or underemployed and dependent on government for survival, justifying uncontrolled seizure of wealth and assets from the productive classes.

    Scary stuff!

  • Scary stuff!

    only if you’re scare of pure bullshit.

  • Clavos

    only if you’re scare [sic] of pure bullshit.

    I’m scared of the “pure bullshit” rolling out of the WH for sure.

  • Mark, we can’t know the inner minds of the administration or their secret souls. All we can do is look at what they and their allies in congress are doing. On that basis you can only conclude that they are trying to destroy the industrial base, the financial base and the working class of this country, because I don’t see how they could do this much harm without intent behind it.


  • Arch Conservative

    “only if you’re scare of pure bullshit.”

    That’s right Mark. I mean, it’s not as if welfare has led to millions of people becoming entirely dependent upon the government, right?

  • because I don’t see how they could do this much harm without intent behind it

  • Arch Conservative

    What day do welfare checks get picked up on Mark.

    I don’t know and I’m curious.

  • Doug Hunter

    According to the Bone: Thugs N Harmony song it’s the 1st Of Tha Month

  • If anyone wants to take a gander at the future of a nation on the dole, one should just look to Detroit, where unemployment is 28% and there’s no relief or jobs in sight. This could be our future for the entire country.

    Talk about enslavement. Not only are the poor here are trapped, and the middle class is trapped too. The thing you didn’t bring up, Dave is the illegal alien situation. They are the true slaves in this scenario. They work for next to nothing and can’t complain because of fear of being deported. They support the Democrats but don’t realize they are being used like we all are.

  • STM

    “The goal is to have as much of the population as possible unemployed or underemployed and dependent on government for survival, justifying uncontrolled seizure of wealth and assets from the productive classes”.

    Lol. Do Americans really believe this stuff??

    I can’t understand why half the voting public in the US just can’t accept that the country voted in a different administration for a few years and that they are making some minor changes to a few things.

    If you knew anything about real socialism compared to what’s going on in America, you’d wet yourselves. Or worse 🙂

    I mean, the Democrats are not even left from where I stand. They’re centre-right.

    Unbelievable that people even believe this cr.p.

  • Deano

    Unbelievable that people even believe this cr.p.

    Your pissing in the wind Stan, don’t even bother wasting your time responding to this stuff!

    It’s the Chicken Little Syndrome – every little thing that happens sends the opposition (whether Democrat or Republican) racing about in a flurry of feathers shrieking “the end is nigh”.

    It is the new American mantra and they’ve adopted it as the methodology for demonizing every form of political opposition. By next week they’ll be back with another manufactured “threat to our way of life”…

    Honestly life’s too short! Go surfing mate, and hit a couple of waves for me (since where I am is just too bloody cold)!


  • The thing you didn’t bring up, Dave is the illegal alien situation. They are the true slaves in this scenario. They work for next to nothing and can’t complain because of fear of being deported. They support the Democrats but don’t realize they are being used like we all are.

    Didn’t you hear, Joanne. They have gone back to Mexico by the millions. The nice thing about being an illegal is that they have that option.

    Stan, as you may recall, I have lived under a real marxist regime and I do know exactly what I’m talking about. Maybe you don’t get all the news down there in Oz, but what’s going on here is much more pervasive and much darker than you seem to realize. It’s not the Soviet Union yet, but it’s very much like what I imagine things were like when that regime was first getting started and still feared that there might be some accountability for their actions.


  • Clavos

    The nice thing about being an illegal is that they have that option.

    Some of us legals do, too.

    And it’s in the mix…

  • STM

    Deano: “Honestly life’s too short! Go surfing mate, and hit a couple of waves for me (since where I am is just too bloody cold)!”

    Any snow to ride Deano?? Almost as good if you stay rugged up.

  • STM

    Dave, it’s not even as left in much of what I’d call social engineering as our previous right-wing government.

    And there’s nothing wrong with our way of life down here, I can assure you.

    Like I say, very few of us are busting down the door trying to get out, and that includes the wealthy.

    That’s people not just comfortable like me, but with some serious drachma.

    Sometimes it’s nice to feel that you live in a place that’s almost a giant middle-class.

    I don’t see America as being that much different, except for the more extreme extremes, especially in terms of per capita numbers, at each end of the wealth/poverty scale.

  • STM

    And here’s my bet: if Americans don’t like what they’re seeing, they’ll vote Obama out of office at the next election or the one after.

    The same as it’s always been …

  • STM

    No one in their right minds could possibly believe that American rule of law is genuinely under threat, surely??

  • zingzing

    “No one in their right minds…”

    mmm, multiple personalities.

    i am

    damo suzuki.

  • STM

    Lol. G’day Damo. Nice to meetcha.

  • Deano

    No snow …yet. Give it another couple of weeks.

    Problem is, I’ve lived in the Rockies, so skiing now on what the locals hereabouts call “hills” is just…depressing.

  • STM

    Not much snow in the mountains down here either. I get asked all the time to go in winter, but I don’ see the sense in spending a small fortune for just being bloody cold and tootling around on man-made snow, which is what happens here half the time.

    I’ll stick with Dr Pacific, even in winter. The water never gets that cold and up north a few hours, you can surf all year round in board shorts and a vest.

    Can’t head south for a few weeks of the winter Deano and soak up some rays??

  • I’ve come to the conclusion that conventional wisdom and economic theory cannot be applied to the present day. For years I have urged intelligent Americans to follow the money trail. The problem is that as we “evolved” we’ve become increasingly stupid and apathetic.

    We need to take stock and have a reality check conversation in this country. The current capitalist model doesn’t work and could work if there were legitimate campaign finance reform. Wall Street’s contributions to Democrats are dramatically down. The White House is very concerned especially since Mr. Obama will be hosting a Wall St. fundraiser this very evening. So follow the Wall Street campaign contributions. See who the money is going to and then look at the candidate’s positions. You’ll learn very quickly that those whom Wall Street finances are the very people who must be booted from office.

    Bill Clinton got it right when he was in his quest for the Oval Office — It’s the economy, stupid. Remember that mantra? The Clinton White House in tandem with the Republican machinery on Capitol Hill raped and pillaged the Middle Class in favor of Wall Street. Once that operation was complete, George W. Bush came to office, placed us into war, and made a handful of defense contractors richer than a bank CEO. In the meantime the rest of us poor schleps have been caught in the crossfire. When the banks began to fail as a result of Clinton and Bush II, they got bailed out.

    Perhaps we are becoming a welfare state. But let’s be realistic about who is getting that welfare. It isn’t the single mother in Harlem. It’s not the unemployed General Motors worker in Detroit. Those corporations which are “too big to fail” have been the government’s primary welfare recipients. And that money came from the taxpayer.

    In the 2007-2008 Election Cycle, Senator Max Baucus received over $8 Million in political contributions. He’s a Senator from Montana a state with a population less than 1 million. 346,000 Montanans voted for him in 2008. That’s $23 per vote. The United States has a population of 304,059,724 as of July 2008. Look at the numbers for yourself. Think about the fact that these special interests pay cheap money buying votes for members of Congress from states where it’s easy to railroad the competition. I’m at the point where I believe that this entire health care debate should be shelved until after the 2010 elections. The major issue should be campaign finance overhaul. We need candidates who will be willing to think outside the box. Perhaps this should be a referendum on Congressional leadership. If a Representative supports Pelosi, they should go. If a Senator supports the current Senate leadership configuration, they should go. If any candidate for legislative office opposes term limits for Congress, they should go. I’d love to see candidates for the House run on a platform where they would support Bernie Sanders for Speaker. That would make both major political parties apoplectic.

    So, in conclusion, if we’re going to debate the pros and cons of a welfare state, let’s be specific about who we should not be subsidizing. The poor and disenfranchised matter more than CitiGroup. Wake up, America, your nation is on the verge of collapse.

  • Silas,

    It’s getting to the point where the one of the only intelligent and original views on how to run the United States are coming from you. Almost everyone else is either a foreigner or an ex-pat (that is why I very rarely pose “solutions” to political problems I don’t have to live with), or is so blindly partisan or “ideological” that it’s pathetic.

    It’s really nice to see an original thinker put forth ideas for the improvement of America….

  • Dave uses hyperbole and warped logic to reach his ‘inevitable’ conclusion. But even after the Dem health plan passes [and it will], the US will be considerably further to the right on welfare issues than nearly all of Europe or Japan or as Stan points out, Australia.

    I would not describe any of those places with the apocalyptic rhetoric Dave employs here, and neither, if he’s writing honestly, would Dave.

    It just drives the right bananas to see any kind of halfway liberal program get passed. So they respond with this end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it silliness.

    It’ll be OK, fellas. Take a chill pill. You had your chance to mess things up. Now it’s our turn.

  • OK< handy, I need to know -- what do you think about campaign finance reform? As far as I am concerned health care, gays in the military, Defense of Marriage and the two wars serve to provide an impermeable smokescreen from the one central issue that could revolutionize the political discourse in the United States. If health care passes with a public option I will be overjoyed. Without the public option, this entire exercise in hyperbole will be nothing more than a wasted effort. If comprehensive campaign finance reform passes I will achieve orgasm.

  • Campaign finance reform is great in theory, very tricky in practice. But the fact that politicians have to spend so much time fundraising as opposed to interacting with their districts is absurd and awful and fundamentally anti-democratic.

    The 30-second political television ad serves no useful purpose. It is a dangerous weapon and should be regulated as such.

    But how, within constitutional bounds? I don’t have that answer.