I’m currently reading and enjoying Obama Zombies on my nook. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Obama-Zombies/Jason-Mattera/e/9781439172094/?itm=1&USRI=Obama+Zombies
Jason Mattera has penned a witty, biting look at how millions of millenials have fallen so hard for what is now being revealed to be a failing, and soon to be failed, President. All the liberal canards are addressed and shot down, in a very readable and entertaining way. This is a book to give to that twenty-something (or a twenty-something trapped in an older body who should be wiser but isn’t!) when you get tired of wasting your breath telling her how wrong she is.
Speaking of wrong, showing up on my Facebook wall this morning is a link to the following note, which I reproduce in its entirety (also found at http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=376184907947&id=1474759419&ref=nf ):
This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.
Where, oh where, do I start? Clearly another zombie, just aching to be totally enveloped by government largesse. I would ask him to go through his history books to see how 20th century big-government models turned out, but most likely he did not learn about them in the first place because our government-run education system is so bad. Seems the more money we throw at a public education system, the worse its outcomes.
This guy likes his car, too. Did he notice that the policies of his government, from CAFE standards to taxation to all manner of stifling regulations, forced two-thirds of American car companies into bankruptcy (only to be “rescued” with a heavy-handed government bailout that left the government in charge of GM)?
And he actually cites the US Postal Service as a model for government-run healthcare. Amazing! That takes guts. Too bad he did not mention Amtrak, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other woeful attempts by the federal government to inject itself into our lives.
Most of the successful public functions he mentions, interestingly enough, are state and local government operations. That is the way it should be, and the way the Founders envisioned it (oh yeah, he probably didn’t learn about the Constitution in his Department of Education-financed public school).
Not mentioned in the note itself are the current government-run health programs, Medicare and Medicaid. The former is broke, and while its recipients may like its current benefits, they will change their minds once the “reform” law’s cuts to Medicare Advantage, home health and hospice services, doctors, etc. kick in soon. And Medicaid is administered by the states with Federal money which is drying up, leaving states with massive budget shortfalls and no ability to print money like the Feds can. Inevitably many states will slash Medicaid benefits. How does that help the poor?
Space, and readers’ attention spans, preclude me from rebutting every misconception here. Suffice it to say that if this is what our next generation of leaders really thinks of the role of government in our society, we are in for a heap of trouble.
I’ll end with a quote, tip o’ the hat to Jim Quinn (of Quinn and Rose fame, http://www.warroom.com/ ), from Ayn Rand.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Let’s interpret that somewhat telegraphic passage. When government tries to redistribute wealth, equalize outcomes, etc., it invariably takes from individuals — usually the most intrepid individuals who would otherwise be capable of enriching society as a whole through job creation and philanthropy — and denies them their natural rights to liberty and pursuit of happiness. Such power grabs are generally couched in the language of helping disadvantaged minorities. But as Rand points out, they attack the smallest minority on earth. And, as she illustrates in her novels, they only serve to make society poorer and less livable for all — except the tiny ruling class. If you have not yet read Atlas Shrugged, please do so right away. You will recognize a number of Rand’s moochers and leeches in today’s class of influencers.
Or, as Jason Mattera would call them, Obama zombies.