Thanks to Instapundit, I was led to this Weekly Standard post on the man who wanted to be King’s speech on the Senate floor, explaining why the stimulus bill must pass:
Sen. John Kerry took to the Senate floor today to pace, rant, and raise his voice in a monotone simulation of human passion as he spoke up for the massive spending bill the Democrats want to pass today under the guise of “stimulus.”
During his speech, he addressed the argument made by fellow senators and many economists that tax cuts might be more helpful to stimulating the economy than long-term government spending:
I’ve supported many tax cuts over the years, and there are tax cuts in this proposal. But a tax cut is non-targeted.
If you put a tax cut into the hands of a business or family, there’s no guarantee that they’re going to invest that or invest it in America.
They’re free to go invest anywhere that they want if they choose to invest.
Indeed, people with their own hard-earned money in their own pockets are free to spend, save, invest, or not wherever they please. Kerry betrays the fear that haunts every good liberal— that the American people won’t spend their money on exactly what good liberals would spend it on. Good liberals must, therefore, advocate for forcibly relieving the American people of the better part of a trillion dollars of their own money to fund things like STD education, welfare programs, and water parks.
This, in a nutshell, illustrates the difference between Democrats and the (few remaining) rest of us. If I were permitted to keep my own money I might waste it on paying off some of my children’s college tuition loans, freeing them from that crushing financial burden or even – hey, prices are dropping – buying a summer place next to Kerry on Nantucket. Neither is a choice Kerry and his ilk would approve of. Democrats are moving us to a point where they will dole out a lunch money allowance to each of us and take care of spending the rest of our income on their approved plans: they will make us dependent on them for our housing, our mortgages, our jobs, medical care, sick leave and retirement. Did I miss anything that’s not in already in the stimulus bill?
It’s depressing to me to think that the majority of Americans are willing to trade their freedom for a guaranteed living, however drab, if they can only live without any anxiety about the future. My liberal friends, of course, don’t see the danger to themselves in all this because they’re convinced that they will not only make a perfect world once they control everything with their wise, omniscient power, but since they’ll be part of the solution they’ll also be able to ensure that they themselves get cut in for a bigger slice of the cake. They’re not anticipating selling their waterfront property in Greenwich or Nantucket and if the little people can’t join them there, well is that too high a price to pay for the security of the god life, like that afforded a plant manager in Cuba who lives on $25 a month and who is, one of my liberal friends just back from that paradise insisted to me, “perfectly happy”?
I once was invited to fish on the grounds of the old Boss Tweed clubhouse at the mouth of Greenwich Harbor. After failing to teach the bluefish a lesson I went to the cellar and found my friend’s two brothers enjoying a spot of bowling in their own private bowling alley. At the end of the alley was a portrait of Mao Tse Tung, smiling benignly down on the proceedings. When I congratulated the boys on their irony I was met with blank stares. Well surely, I explained, they were thumbing their nose at the dictator, because if he ever showed up to turn the bowling alley and the mansion surrounding it into a people’s palace, the first people to land a bullet behind the ear would be the owner and his sons. More incomprehension. I let it drop and I’m sure that, 30 years on, those boys graduated from Brunswick, went on to successful careers in investment banking and gave a ton of money to Obama last year. Good for them.
Take a look at this picture of Mr. Kerry, the man who doesn’t trust us ordinary folk to spend our income the way he thinks it should be spent:
Notice the helmet, first: made of oil-based plastic, and it’s clearly sacrificed real safety for a streamlined, techno look. A government-designed helmet would be 4X larger and square and made from renewable hemp – given the value of what it would be protecting, that would be a cost effective measure. The shirt and the tighty-whitey spandex shorts are clearly not the product of a unionized American working with American organic cotton in an American factory – Kerry prefers to enjoy feeling the sweat of Vietnamese workers and why not? Didn’t they make him suffer there when he was earning his medals?
As for the carbon-fiber, $3,500 bicycle, wouldn’t a $500 Schwinn, made in America, be just as effective to get him from Nantucket’s waterfront to the organic coffee shop? Of course it would, but again, that’s for the others. John’s on top of the game and his purchasing decisions don’t require a committee’s approval. He can be trusted to make wise choices while we, alas, cannot.
Liberals who delude themselves that they will end up as the most equal of all in our new world remind me of Michael Moore , who was so shocked and befuddled when Obama Osama (oops!) hit New York City. “Don’t they know we voted for Kerry?” he wailed. He still doesn’t understand that the power mad hate the rest of us and aren’t interested in sharing the spoils. Whether it’s mullahs intent on wiping out infidels or politicians determined to rule, there is no room for weak, whining liberals or even strong-voiced opponents. My friends truly don’t understand the game.