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It’s ‘alloween And There Are Plenty of Reasons to Be Scared

October 25, 2008

These are scary times. No, really, these ARE scary times. Obama is leading McCain in the polls and with both houses of Congress in the hands of the Democratic Party a virtually unchecked liberal government might be running the show for years to come.

This will not only mean “bye-bye secret ballot for union votes” and “hello ‘Fairness Doctrine'”, but also high taxes. (“Mais, non”, you say, “Obama promised tax cuts for 95% of Americans!” – wake up and smell the stench of political spin, says the French Cowboy, for Obama’s plans for the economy just don’t add up. In fact, you can expect plenty of new taxes.)

The outlook of a president who considers “spreading the wealth around” to be necessary in the name of “fairness” (as defined by whom, one might ask?) even if it reduces tax revenues thanks to the Laffer effect is scary in its own right. But consider what a President Obama and his party are planning to do with all the tax dollars (or without them, if need be):

Another $300 billion economic stimulus package? Because the last one worked so well or because Keynesian economics work if only you try often enough?

“Investment” into education? Because refusing to accept that the problem in the education sector is not lack of money and throwing more money on it does make so much sense?

“Investment” into “green energy”? Because government knows best what will work and what won’t?

Wage insurance that pays people up to 50% of the wage difference between an old and a new, lower-paying job? Because that sets all the wrong incentives, distorts the labour market and is extremely costly?

The list goes on.

But even leaving economic aspects aside, a President Obama and his party in charge without effective opposition sends cold shivers down the French Cowboy’s spine. There is this plan of M. Obama to engage everyone, and especially young people, in “volunteerism”. You will be “asked to serve” in return for federal subsidies for your education. President Obama “will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed” but “will require you to work”, as his wife so notoriously predicted.

Now if that doesn’t scare you and you think that all this talk about getting young people to work in all sorts of “Corps” in which they learn how to be nice community organisers and do not expect any politcisation of such organisations, then maybe this will give you some Halloween-feel:

I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems. [snip] I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons. I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material. And I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBM’s off hair-trigger alert.

This is a quote from M. Obama’s video message in which he also promises to cut and run from Iraq. (And says that he will not “switch positions” or make promises that he can’t keep. Yeah. Exactly.)

But here is the most troubling quote from Obama, in my opinion:

We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

Come again? What is that “civilian national security force” supposed to look like and what will their job be? Wouldn’t this be a nice question to ask the candidate before election day? Unfortunately, the media is busy reporting on some plumber’s unpaid taxes, so the mystery of Obama’s civilian national security force will stay unsolved along with the ugly details of his tax and spending plans.

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