Wednesday, March 3, 2010

It's Official: Liberals are now Part of the Problem

CNN Poll:  Majority of Americans See Government as a Threat
Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.

Forty-four percent of those polled disagree. (CNN Poll)
Guess Who Made Up The 44% Who Love Big Government?
Remember when liberals protested government?  Now that they have infested academia, mass media, and ...  The Government!  They use these powerful soapboxes to harangue the proletariat and rally them to the cause of government.  The bigger and more oppressive the better.  

Here's the breakdown of the CNN poll by ideology:

* 63% of Independents see government as a threat

* 70% of Conservatives agree with that proposition

* A puny 37% of Democratic sheeple think the Federal Government is too big

Here's Why

Ross Kaminsky, American Spectator explains:
In the last few years, government employment -- and thus the taxes required to fund it -- has been growing while private businesses across the nation have had to cut back to survive. As THIS chart from Americans for Limited Government shows, since December 2007 the private sector has lost over 7 million jobs while government has added about 100,000 jobs.

By 2008, the federal worker was making double -- yes double -- the private sector worker.
Public Pension Plans (unlike our private sector 401Ks) are choking state and local governments:

"A $1 trillion gap… exists between the $3.35 trillion in pension, health care and other retirement benefits states have promised their current and retired workers as of fiscal year 2008 and the $2.35 trillion they have on hand to pay for them."

The unions which represent government workers, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), are accumulating power, money, and influence, especially over Democrats, and using these as a self-reinforcing mechanism to acquire more.
Follow The Money (From the Unions to the Democratic Coffers)
In 2008, unions contributed $74.5 million to political candidates, of which $68.2 million went to Democrats.  Since 1990, unions have contributed over $630 million to Democrats (more than 12 times their contributions to Republicans.)
The ever-pithy Michael Barone sums is up beautifully: 
"Public-sector unionism tends to be a self-perpetuating machine that extracts money from taxpayers and then puts it on a conveyor belt to the Democratic Party."
So government unions use their poorly-paid liberal confreres in the private sector as campaign shock troops to get Democrat elected.  Government workers get paid more, private sector workers get paid less, making them angrier, and the cycle repeats.  It will be interesting to see when these good-hearted unemployed liberals realize they're getting screwed.

It's a self-licking liberal ice cream cone, and we're footing the bill...


Anonymous said...

Republicans in congress not supporting Banning are also part of the problem. Unfortunately, congress members from both parties willing to dig the hole even deeper.

Snarky Basterd said...

"Public-sector unionism tends to be a self-perpetuating machine that extracts money from taxpayers and then puts it on a conveyor belt to the Democratic Party."

Which is exactly why Zero appointed Andy Stern to his "bipartisan" committee to help him learn how not to spend so much. The conveyor belt got wider.

RealityZone said...

If you consider that the MIC, Pentagon, lobbyists, Banksters, Fed. Reserve,Globalized Corps. are all part of our government. Then yes it is too big. But it is not too big to fail.

Silverfiddle said...

RZ: I think if you asked many who say government is too big, many would probably agree with you.

It's not only big, it's confusing

RealityZone said...

The main problem with BIG GOVERNMENT is that it is no longer OUR Government.
It has been taken over by the 1-2% of the elite. Most of who are complete psychopaths.
Confusion is there for our benefit. It is part of their game plan to keep the ant farm moving.
The electorate is comatose to the real dangers with in our country. As long as the bacon is being brought home, [borrow from China] all is well. This will soon come to an abrupt end. The numbers do not lie. Only the people that input the numbers lie.
Our Justice system is no longer blind, [benefits the rich and powerful]. But are Congressional Purse strings are deaf and blind.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

Liberals are the problem? Gosh, who would ever have thought it.

Sue said...

I agree with RZ(of course!), it's the 1 or 2% elite that has taken over.

You're very smart SF, ya know they say liberals are the smarter species, care to join us? :-)

Silverfiddle said...

Sue, I would love to join you and your liberal friends in grabbing torches and pitchforks against this out of control government.

I think one point of agreement is crony capitalism is one of the major things that is killing us.

If we started there, along with slashing everything the federal government should not be doing, we would have a free market where free men and women could take care of themselves, and even have some left over to help the old and the infirm around them.

This federal government has burst its bounds and it is robbing us of our initiative and our human dignity.

Grung_e_Gene said...

"Liberals love Big Government."

The domestic terrorist who attacked the Pentagon was anti-government.

Ergo he is a Conservative.

Conservatives are Terrorists.

Silverfiddle said...

Gene: Your logic is faulty. All conservatives may be anti-government, but all anti-government people are not conservative.


Grung_e_Gene said...

I posted this on blog but I'll put it here as well. In 2008 R. Limbaugh created Operation Chaos wherein he urged his listeners to vote Democrat in the Primaries does that make Limbaugh's listeners Democrats?

Silverfiddle said...

You would have to ask them. Same as the dems who crossed over to vote McCain in the primaries, if any of that even happened.

Anyway, what you are suggesting is the possibility that he was only a registered democrat because Rush told him to.

Interesting conjecture. Until you bring some proof, he's still just a military-hating democrat...

Grung_e_Gene said...

Oh but Silver Fiddle, I'm A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN!!! Have been since 1992. But, I haven't voted for a Republican for high office since 1996 when I supported a war veteran over a gutless coward (just like I did in 2004) for President.

But, one would only know my sane humane political leanings by my writing.

Just as one knows JP Bedell is a cowardly Conservative Terrorist by his writings.

Silverfiddle said...

You're still just speculating. Come back when you have some facts.

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