Left unsaid amongst all the chattering about experience is the reason an Obama presidency would be bad for America – and for the world: The Europeanization of America.
For unknown reasons the American Left demands the introduction in America of the social policies that have failed the people of Europe:
• Benefits that outweigh any ability to pay for them
• An economy that cannot create new jobs
• A birth rate that is ensuring the rapid disappearance of the historical Europe that introduced freedom, liberty, the rule of law, capitalism and the individual and national wealth only capitalism has proven able to generate – as well as the peoples that abolished slavery (in non-Islamic lands).
All of these policies that have left Europe so far behind America, and soon behind China and India, are the policies Obama and the Left want America to replicate.
This is critical to understanding the dangers of an Obama presidency.
Europe once was a wealthy continent. It no longer really competes on the world economic stage. Simply, the social policies Obama wants to implement in America cost more than Europe can bear.
The world runs economically on the American consumer. Soon it will change to include the Asian consumer. Consumption drives jobs, which drives wealth, which drives standards of living. Lack of consumption wreaks economic havoc. Indeed lack of the ability to consume caused the Great Depression.
There really are no European consumers. As Europe spends more and more on social policies it cannot afford, it consumes less and less, creating a downward spiral in jobs, wealth, standard of living and now, in population.
The graying of Europe is real and of real concern. At no time in history have advanced countries decided to give up and die: to produce less, to buy less, to destroy jobs and to reduce their populations – yet that is what Europe, Canada, Japan are doing now.
And we are not talking small reductions in populations so heavily taxed they have decided children are no longer affordable. Russia will be down 50M people by mid-Century. Spain is halving its population every generation.
No children – no jobs – no future.
This is a serious problem – caused by the same European social policies Obama demands we introduce in America.
One need look only at Blue-State demographics to understand the truth of this discussion: With the exception of California – bordering Mexico and home to a large immigrant population, all Blue states – heavily-taxed to pay for European-like social policies – are in net population decline. And net economic decline.
People are moving to Red states – less-heavily taxed, fewer social safety nets. Of course the Red states also offer better education – expecting Blue staters who have given up on children to implement solid educational policies for children is fantasy.
American visitors to Europe return commenting positively on the public transportation networks. Hi-tech folks chatter about the bandwidth of the internet connections, the ubiquity of high-speed access, often free. What they miss is that these are paid for by tax dollars not spent on defense.
For America has, for over 60 years paid for the defense of Europe, Canada and Japan – – and America.
Europeans are free because of the willingness of Americans to spend billions to free Europe. Twice. European freedom continued because of American willingness to spend billions more rebuilding a continent Europeans had destroyed.
The European freedom to spend tax money on secondary infrastructure (i.e. not related to keeping the people free) is due to a continued willingness of Americans to spend yet billions more to ensure the Soviets stayed out of Western Europe – as they had not stayed out of Eastern Europe – to ensure the continued freedom of a people Americans thought, perhaps mistakenly, wanted to be free.
How can America afford to continue spending these billions on the defense of others? On Foreign aid? On disaster relief?
Simple: We don’t have European-style social policies.
But defense is more than projecting military power.
American aircraft carries dispatched to the areas ravaged by the Indonesian tsunami created millions of gallons of fresh water, supplied entire cities with electricity, fed tens of thousands. America right now is delivering aid to Georgia via our military forces – no other country did – or could have done – this. American forces separated and have kept peaceful the former Yugoslavian peoples.
America can do these things only because of our defense expenditures. Defense expenditures Obama already has said he will hugely reduce. Defense expenditures not even remotely possible in a Europeanized America.
A Europeanized America could not have helped the victims of that tsunami. A Europeanized America could not send the billions of dollars of aid we send now to victims of earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, drought, and other man-made and natural disasters.
If America doesn’t send that money – who will?
Yet Obama and the Left want America to emulate in America the same policies that have killed Europe.
Is America really ready for a world in which no one can send aid to tsunami victims? A world in which no one can separate tribal enemies as in Kosovo? A world in which consumers spend all their money on social benefits and so have no money left with which to consume – destroying tens of millions of jobs all across the globe and driving billions of human beings into poverty?
Are Americans ready for social policies that demonstrably destroy futures? Policies creating an America in which none can afford the children necessary to ensure continued global progress, reversing instead to smaller and smaller groups of poorer and poorer people?
For this is the promise of Obama and the American Left.
It’s his guarantee.