These times remind me of the days when Lyndon B. Johnson was in the White House. He, too, was a terrible president. When L.B.J. launched his “war on poverty” and started his big welfare programs, he promised to end poverty. All these years and hundreds of billions of tax dollars later, poverty is still going strong. What has the war on poverty produced? Divorce rates are almost 50 percent. Illegitimate birthrates doubled and doubled again, as has the high school dropout rate. How did we end up with such poor results for all the tax money we have spent?
Ben Franklin said, “To relieve the misfortunes of our fellow creatures is concurring with the deity, it is Godlike. But if we provide encouragement for laziness, and supports for folly, may we not be found fighting against the order of God and nature, which perhaps has appointed want and misery as the proper punishment for, and cautions against, as well as necessary consequences of idleness and extravagance? When we attempt to amend the scheme of providence, and to interfere with the government of the world, we had need be very circumspect, lest we do more harm than good.”
Barack Obama has one answer for every problem, spend more money. What he doesn’t seem to understand is the money is gone, so he borrows another $1.5 trillion every year, instead of making the reforms and spending cuts he has promised the last four years. If Obama would stop all the new regulations and allow gas and oil to be produced here, the economy would recover. He has instead caused layoff notices to go to the workers at the electric generating plant by Wausau in his push to ban coal.