When I was young, my father taught me never to get near a dying animal. As its life fades, an animal is prone to lashing out one final time. The Democrats are dying, and we had all better watch lest we get bitten as they go through their final throes.
Amid the howls about America being “responsible,” a simple fact quietly remains: None of the plans offered by either side so far do anything meaningful about the debt problem. Obama’s clarion call (that was a joke) for Congress to stop screwing around and give him the ability to borrow and spend more is turning shrill and childish. Democrats in both houses are waist-deep in the tar pit heaving their last, hoping that one last shot of adrenaline will postpone the inevitable.
Democrats live and die on one glaring premise–that government can and should inject itself into the lives of its citizens in order to bring about their vision of social justice. Their tack has been to take from the rich and give to the poor. Smugly certain that this method was working, they grew the entitlement state to what it is today, an unsustainable behemoth that is about to croak as well–falling on top of all of us in the process.
Democrats will never think any differently, which is why they are gasping for air now. Everyone, even the densest member of Congress, knows that all their talk about reducing the deficit is empty without drastic changes to Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. They would rather die than admit this and would rather coax us into the tar pit than die alone.
When the Great Beast falls, people will start looking for the real reason. Now, in the comfort of our distasteful but survivable economic situation, some can still delude themselves. They think polls showing that Americans want these programs actually matter. We can’t have them and the Democratic Party will be no more once nobody believes we can. That day is thundering rather than creeping upon us.
The danger for all of us is what the Democrats will do as their life ebbs away. Desperation is the wild card of motivation, and it will not surprise me if they do the unthinkable. Already, Bill Clinton has suggested that the 14th Amendment allows a President to unilaterally forgo the debt limit and “honor our obligations.” Forgive me if I doubt Obama’s sincerity in dismissing this as “unwinnable.” I rather think he will do it in a New York minute if he does not get what he wants.
Beyond that, I shudder to think what Democrats will do to keep from admitting that the entitlement state is dead and that they are close behind. Paul Krugman, mouthpiece for the liberal establishment, has already equated this debt ceiling debate morally with the Civil War. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I hear someone make a creepy statement like that, I avoid turning my back on him. Watch, my friends. Watch closely. Dying animals are dangerous.