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Monday, November 5, 2012

Not your parent's Democrat Party

Conservative talking heads talk about this a lot - that the Democrat party has grown increasingly liberal and caters to its fringe elements. Now a former Democrat, Sheldon Adelson, talks about his own "conversion" in the WSJ with I Didn't Leave the Democrats. They left me.

Among his points:
  • Democrats now barely favor Israel over Palestine.
  • Democrats now aren't as individually charitable as Republicans.
  • Democrats' arugment that government welfare does a better job at caring for the poor isn't holding true in Democrat-run states such as CA, IL, and NY.
Here is his detailed argument against Obama:
Take, for example, President Obama's adopted home state. In October, a nonpartisan study of Illinois's finances by the State Budget Crisis Task Force offered painful evidence that liberal Illinois is suffering from abject economic, demographic and social decline. With the worst credit rating in the country, and with the second-biggest public debt per capita, the Prairie State "has been doing back flips on a high wire, without a net," according to the report.

Political scientist Walter Russell Mead summed up the sad results of these findings at The American Interest: "Illinois politicians, including the present president of the United States, have wrecked one of the country's potentially most prosperous and dynamic states, condemned millions of poor children to substandard education, failed to maintain vital infrastructure, choked business development and growth through unsustainable tax and regulatory policies—and still failed to appease the demands of the public sector unions and fee-seeking Wall Street crony capitalists who make billions off the state's distress."

At times, it seems almost as if President Obama wants to impose the failed Illinois model on the whole country. Each year of his presidency has produced unsustainable deficits, and he takes no responsibility for his spending. Worse still, unemployment has become chronic, and many Americans have given up on looking for work.

Whenever President Obama deplores the wealthy ("fat-cat bankers," "millionaires and billionaires," "at a certain point you've made enough money," and so on), it tells me that he has failed to learn the economic lessons of Illinois, and that he still doesn't understand the vital role entrepreneurs play in creating jobs in our society.

As a person who has been able to rise from poverty to affluence, and who has created jobs and work benefits for tens of thousands of families, I feel obligated to speak up and support the American ideals I grew up with—charity, self-reliance, accountability. These are the age-old virtues that help make our communities prosperous. Yet, sadly, the Democratic Party no longer seems to value them as it once did. That's why I switched parties, and why I'm now giving amply to Republicans.
Thank you, Sheldon Adelson. I'm so glad he noticed that liberalism doesn't work in the real world, however good it sounds. He might also have added that President Obama opened the doors for states to offer welfare without a work requirement, adding to the deficit, employment, and entitlement solvency problems. He might have added that Obama is responsible for annual trillion dollar deficits. He might have added that Obama has never even tried to work with Republicans at all - a Chicago thug tactic, or maybe he just doesn't know how to lead. He might have added that Obama is not learning from his mistakes or setting a new course.

He might also have added that Mitt Romney embodies all the American ideals with the added bonus of a career spent in turning around failing entities. He can save America if anyone can. Vote for Mitt Romney.

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