This was a lengthy piece but William Voegeli well documents and investigates the origins of an ideology that ‘feels your pain’ but cares nothing about the waste of your tax dollars.
He lays out the gigantic 2013 and ever-growing welfare state in these United States of America:
- $2.279 trillion
- $7200 per American
- 2/3 of all federal outlays
- 14% of the Gross Domestic Product
This money that we all pay for with our tax dollars goes to:
- Social Security
- All other income support programs such as disability insurance or unemployment compensation
- All other health programs such as Medicaid
- All programs for education, job training, and social services
- There is also a yearly $728 billion spent beyond the federal amount on state and local programs for ‘social services and income maintenance’.
- There are also regulations/laws that require help to others directly such as with minimum wages, maximum hours, and mandatory benefits for employees, rent control for tenants.
Liberals, however, keep insisting it isn’t enough. Forget the fact that waste of money in these programs is horrendous. Forget the fact that no amount of money seems to improve the suffering of the needy in our country. The war on poverty started long ago and poverty is still winning. Why is that?
And why do liberals feel that no matter how much we do through government to alleviate poverty, it’s always shamefully not enough?
Mr. Voegeli states that conservatives are aware that “liberal activists and publicists have successfully weaponized compassion.” Think on that.
Garrison Keillor wrote, 2004, “I am a liberal and liberalism is the politics of kindness.”
President Obama said last year: “Kindness covers all of my political beliefs. When I think about what I’m fighting for, what gets me up every day, that captures it just about as much as anything. Kindness, empathy-that sense that I have a stake in your success…”
Then the politics of kindness is liberalism, so conservatism, the adversary, is the politics of cruelty, greed and callousness.
1984, Speaker Tip O’Neill called President Reagan and evil man ‘who has no care and concern for the working class of America and the future generations…he’s cold. He’s mean. He’s got ice water for blood.”
There are more examples but you get the point.
Conservatives have never come up with an effective rebuttal to these accusations or liberals would have stopped these attacks.
What can we do?
Perhaps we can understand why liberals think the way the do.
The reason, according to Mr. Voegeli is
The Satisfaction of Pious Preening
This explains the liberal reason behind the welfare state which continues to grow geometrically without really ending any poverty.
The empathizer is accruing compassion points that he and others will admire.
…Sometimes empathizers such as those in the helping professions acquire a vested interest in the study, management, and perpetuation…of sufferers’ problems. It’s why so many government programs initiated to conquer a problem end up, instead, colonizing it by building sprawling settlements where the helpers and the helped are endlessly, increasingly co-dependent.
…the politics of kindness is about validating oneself rather than helping others…
We do have things to say in response to the liberal pious ‘compassion’ that has caused our welfare state:
Much more than our rulers’ compassion, however, we deserve their respect-for us; our rights; our capacity and responsibility to feel and heal our own pains without their ministrations; and for America’s carefully constructed and heroically sustained experiment in constitutional self-government, which errs on the side of caution and republicanism by denying even the most compassionate official a monarch’s plenary powers.
Compassion…doesn’t begin to cover all the beliefs that have sustained America’s republic…