Government versus The People
a book by John Perazzo and David Horowitz
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that The Democrats have pursued the agenda of an ever increasing government as a “progressive” solution to America’s social problems since the New Deal. In the latest incarnation of this vision, on one side are the 1% of selfish conservatives who resist paying their “fair share” of taxes that the government could use to lift up the 99% who are “downtrodden”; on the other side are those who are “compassionate” as well as “progressive” in their belief that the state alone can provide an income floor and a reign of social justice.
Wall Street Protest: Occupy Wall Street—Copyright © 2011 by Louis Lanzano (The authors frame the 1% vs. 99% conflict inaccurately—it was about greedy rich vs. exploited nonrich, not politics, conservatives or liberals)
Only one problem with this idea, as David Horowitz and John Perzazzo show in their 39-page Goverment versus The People: the tools of big government as wielded by progressive politicians has in fact “inflicted damage on America’s poor and minorities on a scale that can hardly be imagined.” Horowitz and Perazzo use detailed argumentation to show how progressive policies in such areas as education, home ownership and affirmative action have damaged the lives of the poor almost beyond recovery and condemned many African Americans and Hispanics to permanent poverty. Here's an article documenting this tragedy: “Progressive” policies turn Chicago into a cesspool of poverty and crime.
David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more. See It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America.
The authors failed to notice what was malignantly brewing in the background in their 2012 tome. While Obama was spending the government's money like a drunken sailor and doubling the national debt from 10 trillion to 20 trillion dollars (from 2009 to 2016), the Republicans continued to radicalize until—when it was their turn in power in 2017—they took a wrecking ball to everything in sight. This is more than just Trump craziness. The Republican radicals are erasing the democracy that protects our rights and the regulations that protect our citizens and our environment—all so a few rich oligarchs and corporations make even more money.
Trump and his Republican co-conspiritors take a wrecking ball to everything in sight in an attempt to wreck the environment, health care, the economy, jobs, security, rights, First Amendment rights, etc.
The Republicans are the main problem in Washington, in spite of the authors' effectively pointing out liberal abuses in several important areas. The Democrats often act in bipartisan ways but the Republicans never do and they blackball any in their party who even thinks of compromise about anything. This rightwing extremism is an embarrassment to our country. Since it entails never respecting democratic principles and working in a bipartisan mode to create legislation, regulations, and laws for the good of the public, but instead childishly insisting on having everything one's own way as if the other party was subhumans or flies to swat and insult, it insults democracy, the Constitution, and the government. Now that they're climate deniers, science deniers, equality deniers and truth deniers to whom fake news is equal to truth, one cannot escape the judgment that these G.O.P. bozos have gone over the top and around the bend. Our conclusion is that they've gone bonkers. See The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted.
By Trump's elimination of environmental regulations, they are exposing us all to foul air and polluted water and eroding one of our country's proudest accomplishments, our National Parks
We need to quit looking to social engineering superheroes and rely on local community efforts
The authors say that "The battle over the expansion of an already too powerful state is the crucial battle of our times. It is the battle to preserve liberty and individual freedom, the core of what America is about. Trillion-dollar deficits and universal government programs mean the diminution of the individual, and cannot mean anything else. If you are dependent on government for your health, as the left wants you to be, what independence do you retain? Yet even when the argument is put this way, many Americans will still be willing to make the sacrifice of a portion of their own freedom in order to provide for the welfare of others.national debt
Unless American citizens start defecating money, the debt has put us all in deep doo-doo
"It is this issue—the welfare of others and especially the weak and vulnerable—that conservatives must begin to address if they are to hold their own in the debate and gain a hearing for the principles they hold dear. To make a strong case for limited government and individual freedom (which is what the Founders intended), conservatives need to address the concern that Americans have for the well-being of others. They must speak to Americans’ hearts and souls, and not just their pocketbooks."
Here is the argument conservatives should make, say the authors: "The sins of government are not merely sins of omission; they are also sins of commission." They hurt the people they were designed to help. This represents not just poor design, but—in many cases—corruption as well. The problem is that liberals have—for decades—operated on the principle of judging programs based on intentions. And yet even the least intelligent of citizens can see that the only relevant measure of programs is the results they achieve. Based on this measure, most programs (except Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Head Start and maybe a few others like the Homestead and Morrill Acts) are doing poorly. Programs that get bad results: the War on Terror, the War on Drugs, the neocons Empire Building program, public housing programs, Obamacare and many other Obama-initiated programs.
Big Pharma spreading 'good health via medicine' across the land, and celebrating the windfall Obama sent their way
And then there are programs that were simply bad—results being irrelevant: Project MKULTRA was a CIA program that illegally experimented on American and Canadian citizens, the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, our government's mind control experiments in Canada which left many people permanently harmed or insane, Obama's ugly screwup: Operation Fast and Furious, exposing unsuspecting citizens to radioactive elements, exposing U.S. sailors to mustard gas on purpose, Operation Paperclip, and adding poison to alcohol and killing over 10,000 Americans. (Source: The Worst Secret Things the U.S. Government Has Done to the American People, Jason Duaine Hahn)
The 2008 collapse was all about progressives offering loans on unaffordable houses
Progressives sold homes to the poor they
couldn‘t afford and took billions in wealth from black
and Hispanic homeowners. Because of the government-fostered collapse of the
housing market, which began under Carter and
metastasized under Obama, the median net worth of
black and Hispanic households declined by 53% and 66%,
respectively, between 2005 and 2009—the single greatest
economic blow ever delivered to these communities.
In the mid-1970s, with Jimmy Carter in the White House and Democrats in control of Congress, progressives began a campaign to make home ownership a right. As in many other crusades, progressives used race to justify an attack on the home-loan protocols that experience had established as sound business practice. Charging the banking industry with racism in its lending standards, the left systematically undermined and then destroyed those standards. The result was the collapse of the housing market in 2008.
When progressives launched this campaign to end alleged racism in the lending industry, there was in fact no systemic racism. There was merely realism. Loans were offered to minorities to get them into homes they could really afford. The 2008 collapse was all about progressives offering loans on unaffordable houses. Once minorities were expected to come up with balloon payments, they couldn't. In the lender's balloon payment strategy, he will want you to pay off the principal at some point, typically three to seven years after taking out the loan. And when the deadline comes up, you'll have to pay the entire loan off in one giant payment (a.k.a. the balloon payment). Will their be another crash soon? See The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America--and What We Can Do to Stop It.
Two proximate causes of the collapse of the housing market were the rise in subprime lending and the increase in housing speculation. The percentage of lower-quality subprime mortgages originated during a given year rose from the historical 8% or lower range to approximately 20%. When U.S. home prices declined steeply after peaking in mid-2006, it became more difficult for borrowers to refinance their loans. As adjustable-rate mortgages began to reset at higher interest rates (causing higher monthly payments), mortgage delinquencies soared. Securities backed with mortgages, including subprime mortgages, widely held by financial firms globally, lost most of their value.
The median net worth of black and Hispanic households declined by 53% and 66%, respectively, between 2005 and 2009—the single greatest economic blow ever delivered to these communities
In the 70s, say the authors, the left systematically undermined and then destroyed those standards that kept people getting only homes they could afford, all in the name of bleeding-heart liberals convincing blacks that they were victims. Of what? Everything: racism, slavery, racist bankers and loan officers. The trouble with specifically ignorant do-gooders is that they've a tendency to blunder into things for the purpose of making themselves feel good about themselves—all the while congratulating themselves for all the good they are doing—and when people later point out the harm they've done with their blundering, they repress the truth and accuse the pointer-outers of racism or worse.
But the left destroyed those lending standards like so many Don Quixotes tilting at windmills. Goodbye sound business practices, hello blacks as permanent victims who started to believe the whites were so guilty from all the victimizing that they were (heroically) willing to furnish welfare, food stamps and permanent unemployment checks rather than making blacks work for a living like the rest of us. These people did the blacks no favor in defining them in such a disempowered, weak way. They merely gave them permission to stop trying and let themselves be taken care of by their "saviors." Recall that Don Quixote loses his sanity from reading too many chivalric romances and he decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world. Don Quixote had no time for reality—he was too enmeshed in his fantasy world in which he was the hero. The left tilted at lending standards with their lances the same way Don Quixote tilted at windmills with his lance, with both the left and Don Quixote becoming legends—in their own minds.
The left destroyed the fair, nonracist lending standards like so many Don Quixotes tilting at windmills, precipitating the eventual housing crash
It's gotten even worse in the 21st century, with the political correctness fad pushing whites to have to watch every single expression or word they communicate. The second one of the evil whites commits a microaggression transgression, blacks or PC obsessed female whites would pounce on the transgressor and shame them, throw pie in their face, or even physically assault him. All this was in addition to the welfare, food stamps and permanent unemployment checks. The whites that couldn't bear any more of this shaming and PC insanity voted in Trump in 2016, since he made fun of this PC nonsense. See SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police (The Laws of Social Justice Book 1).
The second a white commits a microaggression transgression, blacks or PC-obsessed female whites pounce on the transgressor and shame him, throw pie in his face, or even physically assault him
"Q: How many government bureaucrats does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Two. One to assure everyone that everything possible is being done while the other screws the bulb into the water faucet."
"Q: How many government workers does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Two. One to screw it in and one to screw it up."
Regardless of negative stereotypes to the contrary, bureaucrats can screw in light bulbs and most government programs are successful most of the time
"The reality is this: most government programs are successful most of the time. By and large, the public sector does a good job providing clean water to drink, keeping the peace, sending out Social Security checks, reducing workplace injuries, ensuring aircraft safety, feeding the hungry, putting out fires, protecting consumers, and so on." (Source: The Forgotten Achievements of Government, Douglas J. Amy)
"There is a war brewing in American that, in times past, could not have been predicted or even imagined. A wide net of surveillance has been cast not only on whistleblowers, activists, and dissenters but also across this nation and, specifically, on its people who, in the eyes of this paranoid government, are to be feared and can't be trusted. This is not your typical war that involves invasions and occupations of other nations; it is a war that involves the invasion of American's rights and freedoms and will, if allowed to continue unabated, lead to the destruction of the U.S. Constitution as well as our democracy. It began with the War on Terror that was designed to scare the American people into accepting and condoning a state of perpetual war in order to assure that they could remain safe; and the majority of them bought it hook, line and sinker. But how many of us imagined that all this emphasis on security would lead to 'government of the people' being transformed into the 'government versus the people?'" (Source: The Emerging War Within America: Government Versus Its Own Citizens, Michael Payne)
The surveillance of our citizens involves the invasion of American's rights and freedoms and will, if allowed to continue unabated, lead to the destruction of the U.S. Constitution as well as our democracy
Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!
"Only about a third of Republicans and Republican leaners see a major role for the federal government in helping people get out of poverty (36%) and ensuring access to health care (34%), by far the lowest percentages for any of the 13 issues tested. Fully 72% of Democrats and Democratic leaners say the government should have a major role in helping people out of poverty, and 83% say it should play a major role in ensuring access to health care." (Source: Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government, Pew Research Center)
This book effectively makes the point that many progressive programs are not just ineffective but unintentionally make bad situations worse. The cities of Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Cincinnati are monuments to the insidious ineffectiveness of big government programs run amok, resulting in rampant corruption and city government as the enemy of the people. The way Clintons and Obama see big government as "the answer" even in the face of overwhelming evidence to it being the problem is breathtaking. Incredibly, when budget-busting big government fails colossally, the progressive instinct is to respond with EVEN BIGGER GOVERNMENT, which is no better than pouring gasoline on a fire to attempt to extinguish it.
Incredibly, when budget-busting big government fails colossally, the progressive instinct is to respond with EVEN BIGGER GOVERNMENT, which is no better than pouring gasoline on a fire to attempt to extinguish it