Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Failures of Liberal Policies Take Years to Surface

One of the unfortunate facts of life is that it often takes many years, sometimes even a generation, for the terrible results of a particular liberal policy to become generally recognized.

One of the most well-known exceptions to this general rule was the horrific result of Jimmy Carter’s Iran policy in the middle nineteen seventies that resulted in the Iranian Revolution and the taking of American hostages – and of terrorist acts that continue to this day.

Here, reported below, are just three examples of liberal blunders; there are hundreds more, including the ban on DDT, subsidizing Biofuels, shutting down domestic oil exploration, preventing the building of refineries, raising taxes on the most productive, forced school busing, affirmative action, War on Poverty, AFDC, the snail darter, etc., etc., etc.

Failure of liberal education policies on clear display in Washington, D.C.
March 14, 2009 (Excerpt)

One needn't look any further than the nation's capital to see the disastrous results of liberal education policies on the school system from top to bottom. As just this week Allen Sessoms, President of the University of District of Columbia, outlined plans to shut down the school's failing undergraduate Department of Education. As, according to the liberal run schools own data, only 7 to 8 percent of the students enrolled in the program have graduated from it within six (6) years. And in the early childhood major only four (4) to six (6) of the approximately 150 students graduate each year.

Socialized Medicine on Display

By Hal G.P. Colebatch American Spectator 4/20/09 (Excerpt)

“Latest news in the exciting saga of Britain's socialized medicine is that a nurse, Margaret Haywood, aged 58, has been struck off for the crime of exposing neglect and mistreatment of elderly patients at the Royal Sussex Hospital on a television program. It was found that because of this: "It would not be in the public interest for her to be able to practise as a nurse."

Linda Read, chair of the panel responsible, said: "Although the conditions on the ward were dreadful, it was not necessary to breach confidentiality to seek to improve them by the method chosen."

After a decade of New Labour, much of Britain's hospital system is coming to defy description. Not even Cancer Ward, Solzhenitsyn's harrowing description of hospital treatment in Stalinist Russia, had quite such refinements of socialized medicine. And woe betide would-be whistle-blowers!

In March 2008, Lord Mancroft, a Tory peer who has held responsible positions in the public health area, claimed it was a miracle he was still alive after a stay in a filthy British public hospital with uncollected infected waste in the wards and dirty, drunken and sluttish nurses.

Instead of investigating Lord Mancroft's allegations, the leaders of both major parties turned on him. Tory leader David Cameron said he was "very cross" that Lord Mancroft had spoken like this. He had, he said, "told him in no uncertain terms" that his views did not represent the Tory Party, and that he "should think more carefully before opening his mouth."” American Spectator

Job Losses From Obama Green Stimulus Foreseen in Spanish Study

By Gianluca Baratti March 27, 2009 (Excerpt)

“Subsidizing renewable energy in the U.S. may destroy two jobs for every one created if Spain’s experience with windmills and solar farms is any guide.

For every new position that depends on energy price supports, at least 2.2 jobs in other industries will disappear, according to a study from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget proposal contains about $20 billion in tax incentives for clean-energy programs. In Spain, where wind turbines provided 11 percent of power demand last year, generators earn rates as much as 11 times more for renewable energy compared with burning fossil fuels.

The premiums paid for solar, biomass, wave and wind power - - which are charged to consumers in their bills -- translated into a $774,000 cost for each Spanish “green job” created since 2000, said Gabriel Calzada, an economics professor at the university and author of the report.

“The loss of jobs could be greater if you account for the amount of lost industry that moves out of the country due to higher energy prices,” he said in an interview.”

So three mainstays of Team Obama's policy initiatives: ending school vouchers to payback teachers' unions, nationalized healthcare and huge funding for so-called "green" jobs - are all well-recognized failures. Why should the country putup with this nonsense? Why should we have to keep relearning over and over again that lower taxes and less government provide the best quality of life for the most people?

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At 3:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's quite simple why people voted for Obama. It is the people who wanted something for nothing. The people who wanted big business to pay for their food and their wants. These are the freeloaders who happened to be the reason all of the democracies ever to exist fail. I have a liberal brother who said he wants big business to pay for his taxes...he said he can't afford it. But never realizes that eventually that cost will be passed on to him. Free loaders and welfare advocates that want to spend other peoples money , if we let them, will be the downfall of our democracy. It fosters a centralized government with gestapo traits, the conclusion is obvious. We are there!!!


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