Ghost Of Reagan Taunts Barack Obama – “Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?”

When Ronald Reagan posed that simple question to American and then incumbent Jimmy Carter during the 1980 presidential campaign, the resounding answer was NO – and Reagan won by a landslide over his Democratic Party opponent.  The Washington Post  just out with a similar question – and results very similar to those during the Carter era.  In fact, it is now a quite honest statement to indicate the Obama “recovery” has been far worse than the so-called Bush recession. (People tend to forget Democrats controlled all of Congress during the last two years of the Bush presidency)   MUCH WORSE.

EXCERPT:

Household income is below recession levels, report says

 

Household income is down sharply since the recession ended three years ago, according to a report released Thursday, providing another sign of the stubborn weakness of the economic recovery.

Incomes have dropped more since the beginning of the recovery than they did during the recession itself, when they declined 2.6 percent, according to the report, which analyzed data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. The recession, the most severe since the Great Depression, lasted from December 2007 to June 2009.

Overall, median income is 7.2 percent below its December 2007 level and 8.1 percent below where it stood in January 2000…

…This summer, the Federal Reserve reported that the downturn eviscerated two decades of gains in Americans’ wealth. The central bank said the median net worth of families plunged by 39 percent in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010, pushing that measure back to nearly 1992 levels.

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Digest that information reader – two decades of value have been WIPED OUT - much of that loss occurring AFTER Barack Obama became President of the United States where for two years, he and the Democrats controlled both the White House and Congress.  It was not until Republicans took back one half of Congress in 2011 did the Obama agenda slow down just a bit – though even then the president has ruled via executive orders more so than any president before him.  He has shut down domestic energy production, pushed for higher taxes, wasted hundreds of billions on taxpayer loans to political supporters, sat back as the Middle East has further destabalized, played over 100 rounds of golf, hidden documents from Congressional investigators, pushed for TRILLIONS in deficit spending, including the still unpopular nearly trillion dollar Obamacare takeover of your health insurance, bailed out his big labor union cronies and indicated he wants to do the same for all American business, bowed to communists, socialists, and mere dictators around the world, all the while apologizing for the great power for good in the world that is the United States.

Add to the fact the shocking reductions in the personal wealth of Americans, combined with the equally shocking and dangerous rise in the national debt that Barack Obama has pushed for (TRILLIONS MORE DEFICITS) and there can be no denying what President Obama has done is push the United States to the brink of total economic collapse.  Some of you might argue it was done by accident.  Others will say it was on purpose. Either way, the fact remains that is exactly what Obama has done.

You want to be part of saving America?  November 2012 might just be your last real chance to do so…

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67 Comments to Ghost Of Reagan Taunts Barack Obama – “Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?”
    • Vyxen
    • I had a version of this discussion with a liberal relative. His conclusion was: Bush messed up the economy so badly that it’s going to take more than four years to set things right. You can’t expect miracles you see. So really, the “are you better off” argument isn’t as solid as one might think.

        • Perceptible Future
        • Speaking of liberals, you gotta laugh when you read this:

          Hurricane Isaac Is An Answered Prayer For GOP
          August 24, 2012 6:38 pm Jim22

          Everyone is worried about how the storm will affect the Republican National Convention in Tampa. From the weather reports it’s supposed to be a Category 1 or 2 hurricane.

          The Tampa convention center has seen storms like that before and shrugged them off. It’ll be dry and air-conditioned indoors where all the delegates and campaigners will be. When the storm hits who will be the most affected? The leftist protesters, of course. How much fun can it be to picket in 70 mph winds and torrential rains? Why, the signs they carry will be torn from the sticks. And the paint will run, making them unreadable. Tents will be blown away. Joints will be doused. How much fun is that?

          Someone will pass out raincoats to the protesters who never thought to bring one but the Tampa police have said that umbrellas are to be prohibited. How much fun is that? Spray painted ‘tags’ will run from the rain!

          http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=81738

          • Francesca
          • I love the image of the protesters in the driving wind and rain with the paint running off their signs like mascara running down the face of a crying woman. As the pharoah said, “So let it be written; so let it be done.”

          • bill o'rights
          • That is beautiful. Just ended my crappy day on a good note.

            I really don’t give a damn whether or not my lanai blows down, knowing those idiots will be milling around outside in Tampa, looking like idiots and fancying themselves martyrs.

            My only wish is that it becomes a Cat-4 right before it gets there.

            • SueK
            • Well, Bill, it looks as if Isaac will make his closest pass to the Tampa area on Monday; the eye will be ~ 250 miles west of Tampa with winds of 86 MPH, a Category 1. Projections are that he will make landfall in the Gulfport, MS area on Wednesday as a Category 2.

              The Tampa area can expect wind and torrential rain; a tornado watch has been issued, as is the norm for any landfalling tropical system. I’d pay money to see the protestors out there in that kind of weather. Priceless!

              Prayers going up for the good citizens of FL; may they make it through this with minimal damage and zero injuries and loss of life.

    • cobra
    • It is very hard to acknowledge you were a fool four years ago, when they voted and wetted themselves over Obama.
      Now the libs are protecting their emotional investment in this guy and their ideology.
      Remember, they are the “emo” type not the analytic type.

    • bill o'rights
    • For anyone who is rolling up their shirt sleeves, digging in and doing the research, it becomes very clear that the state of the economy is where it is not by accident but by design.

      Under Carter, yes, accident (a.k.a. Keynesian Economics).

      Under Obama, it is clearly intentional.

      • AmericaTheBeautiful
      • No, not an accident…not incompetence…but a coup for destruction…Obama lied to gain office…and what was promised as hope and transformation change of no red state, no blue state…is all communist state..the Czars are communists, the union bosses, Gerard, Stern, Trumka—Communist thugs all…the TSA are a new version of Stalin private army…be very aware…watch the expansion of the TSA

        • Whistleblower
        • Amen, and let me add one thought. Obama is a puppet, removing Obama is just the begining. The people that put him in place are the real problem. Chicago is the belly of the beast and has to be delt with.

          • E.A.B.
          • You’re right, and they already have a Plan B in case Obama is voted out of office (Plan B was going to be Obama’s successor according to Plan A anyway).

            That’s why reforming or dismantling the Democratic Party needs to be a priority after this election removes the imminent danger.

        • ITYS
        • Sadly all true ATB. Communist, command and control by the would-be dictator! It’s utterly despicable and the ongoing destruction has been astounding…..

      • Ebysan
      • @ Bill o’rights

        Agree!!

        Dinesh D’Souza Documentary ….”Obama’s America 2016″ explains Obama’s “Anti-Colonial” views…. He wants to strip America of our Powerful Standing in the World.

        Strange!!! ……………When you go to movie listing in my area you can not find a listing for “2016″ yet it is showing in a movie Theater about 2 miles from my home.

        Is it the Unions that are not allowing the posting of this movie?? ……..I had to google to find the Movie in my area.

        Actually it is expected to hit #2 this weekend for attendence …..YET!! The Theaters will not Post it as showing in our Theaters!!…. Only 1/3 of the movie theaters across N. America are showing it.

        This past week Dr Thomas Sowell traveled 30 miles to see this Documentry….. That Obama does not want people to see!!

        • bill o'rights
        • Hoping to see the film tomorrow.

          I experienced the same thing, with regard to advertising. Funny, the useful idiots are lackeys to the bitter end.

          For some reason, I can’t stop associating, in my mind, the diehard Obama supporters with some of those in the Jewish ghettos who joined up with the Yad Vashem.

          While I’m not suggesting that all members of the Yad Vashem lacked altruistic ambitions, it is well known that the Nazis made every effort to ensure that Yad Vashem’s recruits would blindly follow orders and turn in members of the underground.

          • Obeline
          • Billo – FYI: Yad Vashem is the name of the Israeli memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

            Are you thinking, perhaps, of the Judenrat?

          • Ebysan
          • I guess people are finding theaters to see “2016 Obama’s America”

            Fox News just stated that the Documentary took in “$6.2 million” this weekend even though it was only showing in limited theaters………….. I pray that people get to know how Obama really feels about America!!

            Obama has anti-America views ……He want to diminish America’s standing around the world.

            “God” save our Country!!

    • Rurik
    • Just remember, Reagan never managed to crack the Black vote, and mae only minor indents on the Jewish and Latino blocs. COOTUS is alienating large hunks of the Jewish community with his Muslim policies, and is alienating a lot of Blacks on the gay marriage front, as well as failur to keep promises. When you hear a Black comic emphasize that BHO is half-White, that’s a public declaration that its okay to vote against the bastich. This could turn out to be a landslide dwarfing Reagan’s triumphs … that is, if there is an election.
      Reagan had one advantage over Romney, a Democrat opponent who was foolish and mean-spirited, but still residually honest. Peanut never would have thought of trying to cancel the election.

    • Namecookiegramma
    • The hits just keep on coming too. Both of my college student children had the Fafsa audited because of the decline in income we suffered this year. The audit resulted in loss of work-study funding. This clown in the white house and his compatriots in Washington are really making it much more frustrating and difficult for the youth of this country to do things like concentrate on studies. The story is repeated with all the other students they know too, work study gone to first year students because of limited availability and first come first serve basis. Reminds me of Catch-22.

      • Perceptible Future
      • I hope their minds are not being turned into liberal mush. Hopefully, there major will be transferable into a “depression-like” economy weighted down with exorbitant school loan debt before they even get started in the work force.

        • Namecookiegramma
        • Not to worry about liberal mush. One of them is Tea Party and has discussions with his professors trying to get them to see the light. The other is self claimed to be more libertarian, who has issue with the foreign policy of that party and the newer issue with Ron Paul and legalizing marijuana. As far as majors, one is into physics and the other is a double major in English and American Studies. Both hope to go on to get further degrees.

            • bill o'rights
            • Yup.

              Most amazing thing to me is how most people don’t even recognise that we’re nearly at checkmate.

              Fine. Let the sheep be led, in shock, into tyranny. The rest of us will never have to suffer through it, having died trying to offer the sheep a fighting chance.

              I’ll be dead, but it least I died RIGHT. I’m tired of being thought of as a conspiracy nut, by those too blind to see what is so clearly developing around us. Pundits, idealogues, progressive propaganda mongers of the left, keep telling yourselves you’re sticking your neck out for happy-go-lucky peace-niks with rainbows and lollipops…keep telling yourselves that while the black, armored DHS vehicles are patrolling in your neighborhood, enforcing curfues…keep telling yourselves that when they round up your vile Tea Party next door neighbors…keep telling yourselves that when you must provide rigorous proof of identification at any number of checkpoints on your family’s next vacation…keep telling yourself that when, one morning you wake up to find that one of the freedoms you have long taken for granted is no longer there.

      • truthandjustice
      • No, I don’t think it’s outlandish at all; probable. Been my fears for a long time as I’ve posted here. True about most Americans will consider it ridiculous though. To me, it’s common sense – it’s now or never. However, knowing this, I still don’t think they will be victorious – won’t go as planned and wrong about Americans just giving up. Also I’m sure there are patriots who know about it and have been making plans, organizing if it happens. Pray so anyway —

        • CeeJay
        • @t&j –

          “…Also I’m sure there are patriots who know about it and have been making plans, organizing if it happens. Pray so anyway —…”

          As I posted in an earlier tread, there are civilian MILITIA in my State (Louisiana) preparing for the worse as I write this!

          God Speed to all of us!

        • Rurik
        • Yes T&J and CeeJay, organization is quietly happening. Not only state militias, but also informal networks, often involving experiended veterans, who havee responded to the Imposeter’s defamations with particular hostility. And in the event of trouble they will have the experience and skills that give an edge over greater numbers of undisciplined gangbangers. Then there are the assorted Special Forces professionals who are provoked and dissed egularly, and who are more capable yet. People like you, working quietly in this forum for neither glory nor pay,merely to hold the line, one day will be recognized as the true heroes. And, God Willing, sooner than you or the Imposter himself could guess.

    • Obeline
    • If this weren’t so close to the truth it would be even funnier:

      “Exclusive: Full Secret Agenda of the Democrat National Convention!”

      Cub Reporter Biff Spackle scoops the world with the tippity-top secret agenda for the DNC.

      2012 Democrat National Convention
      Schedule of Events

      7:00 pm OPENING FLAG BURNING
      7:15 pm PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
      7:20 pm Max Baucus PROPOSES A TOAST TO Barack Obama
      7:25 pm OPENING PRAYER – Reverend Jeremiah Wright
      7:45 pm CEREMONIAL TREE HUGGING – Darryl Hannah
      7:55 pm Max Baucus PROPOSES A TOAST TO Darryl Hannah
      8:00 pm GLOBAL WARMING OMFG!!!!!!!!! – Al Gore
      8:30 pm WHY FOURTH TRIMESTER ABORTIONS MATTER – Barbara Boxer
      8:55 pm Max Baucus PROPOSES A TOAST TO Barbara Boxer
      9:00 pm CHARGING OUR TROOPS WITH WAR CRIMES – John Kerry
      9:30 pm MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SADDAM HUSSEIN AND MUAMMAR GADDAFI – Cindy Sheehan and Susan Sarandon
      9:55 pm INCOHERENT RAMBLING ABOUT COWBOY POETRY, ETC. – Harry Reid
      10:00 pm Max Baucus PROPOSES A TOAST TO Susan Sarandon
      10:05 pm COLLECTION DRIVE FOR THE OSAMA BIN LADEN MEMORIAL FUND – Cher
      10:30 pm FREE THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS FROM GUANTANAMO BAY – Sean Penn
      11:00 pm OVAL OFFICE AFFAIRS – William Jefferson Clinton
      11:45 pm Max Baucus PROPOSES A TOAST TO Susan Sarandon’s Rack
      11:50 pm A PLEA FOR MASS PARDONS OF THE OCCUPY WALL STREET RAPISTS – Howard Dean
      12:15 am FREE THE MINUTEMEN IN AFGHANISTAN’S PRISONS – Michael Moore
      12:25 am Max Baucus PROPOSES A TOAST TO Jessica Alba
      12:30 am SATELLITE ADDRESS – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
      12:45 am NOMINATION OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA – Nancy Pelosi
      12:55 am Barack Obama ACCEPTS NOMINATION, GRAMMY, AND TONY AWARDS
      1:15 am THE TRUE STORY: HOW I KILLED BIN LADEN – Barack Obama
      1:25 am Max Baucus SINGS NATIONAL ANTHEM
      1:30 am CORONATION OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA
      1:55 am Max Baucus PROPOSES A TOAST TO Mitt McRyan
      2:00 am Bill Clinton asks Max Baucus to drive Hillary home.

      http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2012/08/exclusive-full-secret-agenda-of.html

    • AmericaTheBeautiful
    • Another venue for vote fraud and theft…added to the false set of books discovered regarding illegals sent back…Obama speaks…Obama lies

      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/23/ACORN-back

      Watchdog: ACORN Back With 174 Rebranded Affiliates

      Remember when Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) supposedly disbanded in the wake of the James O’Keefe-Hannah Giles video investigation showing ACORN, a largely government-funded entity, helping people they thought to be pimps and prostitutes avoid tax penalties for engaging in sex trafficking?
      They’re back. 
      This week, Cause of Action, a nonprofit focusing on government accountability released a full list of re-branded former ACORN entities, still-active ACORN entities, and ACORN allies. The list is a shocking 174 organizations long. It includes the federally funded Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) – the successor to ACORN – and the Mutual Housing Authority of New York (MHANY). MHANY is affiliated with the New York Communities for Change, a re-branded ACORN entity, which brags that the Obama Housing and Urban Development Department has approved it as a housing counselor. According to MHANY, it receives funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank, HUD, and Fannie Mae.
      This was always the danger of ACORN: it was a far-flung, heavily-subsidized organization that was able to float between organizational names and constructs, constantly evading close scrutiny. Nothing has changed, apparently. Reconstitution of ACORN has been a long time in coming. In April 2010, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Darrell Issa released a report stating that ACORN “is attempting to rebrand itself without instituting real reforms or removing senior leadership figures that need to be held accountable for wrongdoing. These newly renamed organizations are like career criminal who adopt aliases without changing their criminal lifestyles.” At the end ofRighteous Indignation, Andrew Breitbart wrote, “It’s not over yet.”
      It isn’t. And ACORN won’t go down without a fight.

      • AmericaTheBeautiful
      • http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/24/new-documents-reveal-obama-administration-cooking-the-books-to-achieve-record-deportation-numbers/

        Documents Reveal “Record Deportations is a Sham”

        Internal documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee show that the Obama administration has been “cooking the books” in order to reach their “record” number of deported illegal immigrants, chairman Rep. Lamar Smith said Friday.

        Based on the internal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) documents, the number of removals are actually down, the opposite of what the administration has been claiming.

        According to the committee’s review, in 2011 officials at the Department of Homeland Security began including the number of individuals removed through the Alien Transfer Exit Program (ATEP) in its annual removal numbers. ATEP is a program which moves apprehended illegal immigrants to another point along the border.

        The committee chair claims that counting those individuals as removals is misleading because there are no repercussions for illegal immigrants who are deported through the program, and they can simply try to re-enter.

        “It is dishonest to count illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the border as ICE removals,” Smith explained in a statement. “And these ‘removals’ from the Border Patrol program do not subject the illegal immigrant to any penalties or bars for returning to the U.S. This means a single illegal immigrant can show up at the border and be removed numerous times in a single year — and counted each time as a removal.”

        Given the new information, the committee’s Republican majority subtracted the ATEP removals from ICE’s deportation totals.

        With the ATEP subtraction, in 2011 the estimated 397,000 deportations become approximately 360,000, and the 2012 removals to date drop from about 334,000 to an estimated 263,000, according to the committee estimates. Projections for number of people to be deported by end of the year drops from 400,000 to 315,000 removals.

        Ads by Google

        The new estimates mean that this year the Obama administration’s deportation record is 14 percent below 2008 (which was 369,000) and 19 percent below 2009 (which was 389,000).

        The chairman blasted the administration after the discovery, charging the president and administration officials with falsifying their record to meet political ends.

        “In a campaign season when Administration officials have made a habit of spinning their numbers to ignore their real record, it’s no surprise that they are doing the same to their immigration record,” Smith said. “It seems like President Obama is trying to trick the American people into thinking he is enforcing our immigration laws. But no amount of spin can cover up the facts. It’s bad enough that the President has neglected to enforce our immigration laws but it’s even worse that his Administration would distort statistics to deceive the American people.”

        Smith has been critical of the administration’s immigration record, most recently with Obama’s deferred deportation plan announced in June.

    • e. scott
    • Prayer Request: We are asking everyone to say a prayer for “Darkhorse” 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 12 marines in 4 days. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more people could pass it on. Nothing has been in the media about these guys because no one seems to care. They are:

      Justin Allen, 23; Brett Linley, 29; Matthew Weikert, 29;
      Justus Bartett, 27; Dave Santos, 21; Chase Stanley, 21;
      Jesse Reed, 26; Matthew Johnson, 21; Zachary Fisher, 24;
      Brandon King, 23; Christopher Goeke, 23; Sheldon Tate, 27.

      All are Marines that gave their lives for YOU this week.
      PLEASE HONOR THEM by forwarding this.

      Thanks and may God Bless our Military wherever they may be.

    • Obeline
    • Will Anarchist’s Plans be thwarted by Isaac?
      Will security be prepared, especially given the history of these disruptors?

      Breitbart has an interesting piece on criminal mayhem, past and present:

      BRANDON DARBY: ANARCHISTS PLAN TO TAKE DOWN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AT RNC

      “People don’t realize that these demonstrations, they have a sophisticated communications structure. Like before they have one of these demonstrations, whether it’s this one or whether it’s WTO or whether it’s, whatever it is, whether it’s IMF…When these people when this global movement of anarchists that protests these things they have to rent space and have extra cooling systems and have massive cable networks and they have to have to have a lot of communications equipment, a lot of computer equipment. It’s not like a bunch of people are going to show up and talk on their cell phones. They have some massive computer equipment and their goal is to shut us down.”

      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/24/Brandon-Darby-on-Anarchist-Plans-for-the-RNC-Including-Taking-Down-the-City-s-EMS-System

      • SueK
      • Obeline,

        Thanks for the link.

        I just had a nice gab with Lee, The Voters’ drummer. He’s in Wasserman-Schultz’ district (poor guy!) and told me that the band will be touring until Election Day. I don’t have the schedule but Lee assured me that they will indeed ‘rock the vote!’

        The Voters’ web site is: http://www.thevotersmusic.com

        Check it out! I’ll be ordering a CD shortly. This band should be the official band of 2012 with one message and one message only: Get barky out!

    • AmericaTheBeautiful
    • http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57499520/ex-navy-seal-compromised-by-identity-reveal/?tag=showDoorFlexGridRight;flexGridModule

      Going after this Seal Team 6 member by the administration does give pause…releasing his name and hometown…very very questionable…Also having Fox News release the National Security info along with th AP, let’s us all know this administration is telling Fox what they WILL do…taking orders from a Thug president…
      Does anyone else not believe the letter put out damning their fellow team member by another seal? It’s hard to believe in light of the WH blabbing …movie making…and then subsequently 22 Seal Team 6 members on one old bucket of an aircraftk shot down and killed.
      More likely there are many Seals wildly angry at Obama and his team of National Security leakers…and the info popping up about Hamzi gives pause and raises more questions that answers

      This chapter points to more than we’re seeing on the surface

      Bless our Seals and all our Military…May God protect them

    • VTX
    • Reagan would never have let an opponent put him back on his heels like Romney on the abortion issue. Fact is, Obama is the most extreme politician on the issue we’ve ever seen – including his support for infanticide in Illinois. If Romney won’t research the issue – Michelle, for example, was highly critical of “right wing” opposition to partial birth abortion – then he is really fornicating with the canine, so-to-speak.

      Ronnie would never take advice from someone like John McLame, either. The fact that McLame is publicly giving advice to Mitt is a bad sign – a sign of faltering. It’s the ultimate condescension.

      But as for the GOP candidate’s remarks, the one Romney is attacking: he ought to be turning the attack on Obama, who killed several bills that were identical to the US Senate Born Alive Infanct Protection Act. It was an act that was designed to keep babies from being left to die after they were born, and to make sure that a baby born alive, even during a botched abortion attempt, was given treatment. Obama’s own quotes on the issue are available.

      Mitt? If you want to be Reaganesque, you have to be Reagan-like.

    • AmericaTheBeautiful
    • http://www.sultanknish.blogspot.com.au/

      Starving Amidst Plenty
      by Daniel Greenfield

      There are two types of societies, production societies and rationing societies. The production society is concerned with taking more territory, exploiting that territory to the best of its ability and then discovering new techniques for producing even more. The rationing society is concerned with consolidating control over all existing resources and rationing them out to the people.

      The production society values innovation because it is the only means of sustaining its forward momentum. If the production society ceases to be innovative, it will collapse and default to a rationing society. The rationing society however is threatened by innovation because innovation threatens its control over production.Socialist or capitalist monopolies lead to rationing societies where production is restrained and innovation is discouraged. The difference between the two is that a capitalist monopoly can be overcome. A socialist monopoly however is insurmountable because it carries with it the full weight of the authorities and the ideology that is inculcated into every man, woman and child in the country.We have become a rationing society. Our industries and our people are literally starving in the midst of plenty. Farmers are kept from farming, factories are kept from producing and businessmen are kept from creating new companies and jobs. This is done in the name of a variety of moral arguments, ranging from caring for the less fortunate to saving the planet. But rhetoric is only the lubricant of power. The real goal of power is always power. Consolidating production allows for total control through the moral argument of rationing, whether through resource redistribution or cap and trade.The politicians of a rationing society may blather on endlessly about increasing production, but it’s so much noise, whether it’s a Soviet Five Year Plan or an Obama State of the Union Address. When they talk about innovation and production, what they mean is the planned production and innovation that they have decided should happen on their schedule. And that never works.You can ration production, but that’s just another word for poverty. You can’t ration innovation, which is why the aggressive attempts to put low mileage cars on the road have failed. As the Soviet Union discovered, you can have rationing or innovation, but you can’t have both at the same time. The total control exerted by a monolithic entity, whether governmental or commercial, does not mix well with innovation.The rationing society is a poverty generator because not only does it discourage growth, its rationing mechanisms impoverish existing production with massive overhead. The process of rationing existing production requires a bureaucracy for planning, collecting and distributing that production that begins at a ratio of the production and then increases without regard to the limitations of that production.Paradoxically the rationing infrastructure increases in direct proportion to the falloff of production as lower production requires even greater rationing. This is what we are seeing now in the United States, in a weak economy, there is greater justification for the expansion of rationing mechanisms. And the worse the economy becomes, the bigger government will become to “compensate” for the problems of the economy.In a production society, the role of government is to expand the territories of exploitation and to protect those territories. In a rationing society, the role of government is to control the available quantities of production with a view to distributing them fairly. Naturally, the rationers, as always, get the best rations. In a production society, government is a means of protecting everyone’s ability to produce. In a rationing society, government prevents the bigger from grabbing the rations of the smaller and protects everyone from grabbing all the rations at once and starving to death. The sort of society we have is fit for passengers adrift at sea on a lifeboat parceling out their last crackers. It is an emergency society for the lost and the starving. And perversely we are starving amidst plenty.The rationing society discourages people from farming and encourages them to peer in each other’s mouths to see who is eating more than his fair share. In the rationing society everyone is certain that they are not getting their fair share and eager to sign on to initiatives to get their group’s fair share. In a rationing society everyone is an informer because everyone’s livelihood depends on informing on others.In a production society, people compete for production. In a rationing society, people compete for entitlements. Everyone is always bitter and suspicious in a rationing society, and when they aren’t, they’re resigned and phlegmatic. They either accept that life is unfair or they rave against it. They are either jealous or give up on material things entirely making their society into a comprehensive failure.

      I met a man once who told me that his greatest dream was to be feasting at a full table while outside hungry people pass by and look longingly through the window. This is the type of mindset that a rationing society produces. Its denizens instinctively absorb the idea that resources are finite and their competitiveness takes place at a zero sum level that is incomprehensible in any open society.In a rationing society, people are certain that if another has something, then he came by it unfairly. And every group has an exaggerated sense of the material prosperity of other groups. This is not a bug, it is a feature. The rationing society deliberately cultivates a sense of unfairness to make it clear that individual efforts are meaningless and the only thing that matters is one’s connections to the rationers and the degree of mutual support from the group for the rationers and the rationers for the group.Individual initiative is discouraged by a web of bureaucracy to make it difficult for individuals to act outside the plan. In a monopolistic system, rules and permits make it difficult for the individual to move forward. The permit regime also promotes corruption which makes honest enterprise almost impossible. Through these means the system restrains the micro, which is ordinarily too small to be properly controlled, while focusing on the macro.The rationing of present day America, which has the resources, the wealth and the techniques to produce, is being managed in political terms. The politicians still talk in terms of innovation and production, even while enacting policies meant to discourage both. The dominant political class has been dedicated to one form of rationing or another throughout the 20th Century. The only difference between them is the degree of radicalism and their understanding that the rationing is a transition, rather than a safety net or an emergency measure.When you listen to the larger message of the left, it is one of finity. We have a finite amount of planetary resources and domestic wealth. This finity represents a global and national crisis that has to be tackled with rationing mechanisms. We are all on a lifeboat and some of us are gobbling up more than their fair share of rations. Unless the rationers step forward, seize everyone’s rations and pass out limited rations, then we are all doomed.The essential 21st Century conflict is between the rationers and the producers. This is not a class conflict, that is the fallacy that the left has fallen into for over a century. It is a conflict between a system of bureaucratic collectivism and a society of individuals. It is not a conflict between the rich and the poor, the majority of the rationers are either rich or close enough to it. Their charges may be poor, but the representatives of their victim groups invariably become rich. The rationer camp is funded by some of the wealthiest men and companies in America who agree with its premise that we need to ration everything from children to jobs to food to carbon emissions.This is a fundamental philosophical conflict between those who believe in a free society and those who believe in a managed society. It is not simply a conflict between capitalism and socialism, many of the capitalists are on the side of the rationers because they agree with them or profit from the rationing. It is a conflict that predates the American Revolution, a conflict that became inevitable with the rise of the supercity and the closing of the frontier.

      This is a struggle between those who believe that people should be managed and those who believe that people should manage themselves. Our institutions now depend on a class of managers who fill the ranks of the institutions of the public and private sector, who produce little, but whose goal is to make production completely predictable. And we are, in short, being managed to death.Scientific management, rather than predicting human variables, has done its best to make everything predictable, and a perfectly predictable thing is static. It has no ability to move forward. The drive to make the behavior of people predictable has led to the institutionalism of every aspect of life. And that has led to rationing programs that depend on predictability, and when that predictability fails,respond with greater efforts at control. A production society defines achievement in terms of production. A rationing society defines it in terms of control. In a rationing society, it is possible to starve amidst plenty because the rationers would rather see people starve, than lose control over them.

    • CHHR, VA
    • Some have said that Niall Ferguson’s piece on Newsweek was a clarion call to the media to let er rip against Barack Obama…

      Then there was this piece on CNN:

      http://t.co/ryIL92J6

      I have to say, I was shocked. To think CNN would actually tell a story that favors the GOP.

      • Obeline
      • Nice post – good find.

        MIght be the right time for some of the R/R surrogates to jump on this and provide a much needed history lesson.

        Media tide may be slowly turning because a handful of ‘journalists’ realizes they’ll have no credibility/jobs/future if they continue to back the wrong horse, i.e., SHILL FOR ZERO.

        What pathetic times we live in.

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