By Tom Quiner
Business is the problem.
Socialism is the solution.
Capitalism is the problem.
I know I’m painting with broad brush strokes, but these four sentences pretty much express liberalism’s philosophy.
The Democratic Party is the Party of Government. The essence of their approach to everything is more government, more spending, higher taxes, more regulations.
They’ve gotten most of what they’ve wanted dating back to 2006 when they retook Congress in the midterm elections. The election of Barack Obama accelerated the growth of Big Government at a dizzying pace.
How is their solution, bigger government, working out? It’s a disaster.
This blog has recounted these disasters over the years: Fast & Furious; Obamacare exchanges; you can keep your policy and your doctor; IRS; Benghazi; Arab Spring; ISIS, and the list goes on.
This leads me to Ebola.
On October 2nd, the Obama Government said we have nothing to fear. The Party of Government said everything is under control. Their spokesman, Dr. Tom Frieden, was reassuring:
“Essentially any hospital in the country can take care of Ebola. You don’t need a special hospital room to do it. You do need a private room with a private bathroom. And most importantly, you need rigorous, meticulous training and materials to make sure that care is done safely so that caregivers aren’t at risk.”
Sounds good. Ebola is a piece of cake. You’re more at risk smoking a cigarette or quaffing a Big Gulp.
Within two weeks, the narrative from the Party of Government changed when a new infection was diagnosed on our shores. Dr. Frieden’s tone took a nosedive:
“We could’ve sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed. I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the patient — the first patient — was diagnosed. That might have prevented this infection.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, captured the mood of the public with her piece last week:
“But does anybody in the government feel it is necessary to be truthful about anything anymore? Does anyone in the federal government ever think about concepts like “taxpayers” and “citizens” and their “right to know”?”
The public increasingly believes that, no, people in government do not feel a need to be truthful anymore. We feel like we are dealing with a Soviet or Cuban government doling out their dreary propaganda, says Noonan:
“Everything sounds like propaganda. That will happen when government becomes too huge, too present and all-encompassing. Everything almost every level of government says now has the terrible, insincere, lying sound of The Official Line, which no one on the inside, or outside, believes. The other day, during the big Centers for Disease Control news conference on the Dallas Ebola case, a man from one of the health agencies insisted in burly (and somehow self-satisfied) tones that the nation’s health is his group’s No. 1 priority. And I thought, just like a normal person, “No, your No. 1 priority is to forestall a sense of panic. To do that you’ll say what you need to say. Your second priority, connected to the first, is to assert the excellence and competence of the agency with which you are associated. Your third priority is to keep the public safe.”
Ms. Noonan, with her usual elegance and clarity, warns of the peril imposed on America by The Party of Government:
“A nation can’t continue to be vibrant and healthy when the government controls more and more, and yet no one trusts a thing the government says. It’s hard to keep going that way.”