The Buchanan-Obama axis of karma

Pat Buchanan is largely right in his latest piece, "Socialist America Sinking." Especially this:

Taxes drove the American Revolution, for we were a taxaphobic, liberty-loving people. That government is best that governs least is an Americanism. When "Silent Cal" Coolidge went home in 1929, the U.S. government was spending 3 percent of gross domestic product.

And today? Obama's first budget will consume 28 percent of the entire GDP; state and local governments another 15 percent. While there is some overlap, in 2009, government will consume 40 percent of GDP, approaching the peak of World War II.

And this:
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson called George III a tyrant for having "erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance."

What did George III do with his Stamp Act, Townshend Acts or tea tax to compare with what is being done to this generation of Americans by their own government?

While the hardest-working and most productive are bled, a third of all wage-earners pay no U.S. income tax, and Obama plans to free almost half of all wage-earners of all income taxes. Yet, tens of millions get Medicaid, rent supplements, free education, food stamps, welfare and an annual check from Uncle Sam called an Earned Income Tax Credit, though they never paid a nickel in income taxes.

Damn him for being right! (I hate it when I agree with people I disagree with.)

What can I say that might balance the karma?

Well, one of Buchanan's biggest issues has been illegal immigration, and while he's still talking about it in the latest piece, he fails to point out that thanks to the economic freefall, there has been a dramatic immigration slowdown. The bad economy is working better than any border fence or law enforcement could, and if he gets his way and implements ruinous economic policies like cap-and-trade and socialized medicine, things aren't going to be improving any time soon. What that means is that if the goal is to keep immigrants out, Obama is doing a great job!

So why isn't Pat Buchanan more pleased with President Obama? I'm not saying he has to be totally delighted or anything like that, but really! Does he have to act like a mean old sourpuss just because he happens to be right?

It's like, if I can swallow some of my pride and give credit to Pat Buchanan where credit is due, then why can't he do the same for Barack Obama?

posted by Eric on 07.17.09 at 06:37 PM


I have often said to the illegal immigrant foes that the best way to get rid of illegal immigration was to destroy the American economy.

How right I was.

BTW I was always in favor of a better economy. None the less my thesis is proved. Dang.

M. Simon   ·  July 17, 2009 10:54 PM

Interesting. I once argued that the less freedom we have, the less attractive the country will be to immigrants:

Eric Scheie   ·  July 18, 2009 11:28 AM

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