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  • The Liberal’s Biggest Blind Spot: Who Really Rakes In Their Government Largesse?

    In recent days, some blogging friends from the left have commented on the U.S. dropping from “free” to “mostly free” in the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, the Heritage Foundation’s data driven policy guide.

    The Huffington Post picks up on the long-term erosion of economic freedom in which both political parties have been complicit:

    Though the analysis of American freedom acknowledges a longer-term trend stretching back to the end of the Bush administration, [the Index] seems to put the lion’s share of blame on the policy initiatives of President Obama

    Indeed! As reported in the 2010 Index, it was in late 2008, under President Bush, that a threatened financial meltdown triggered some hasty and dangerous Washington policy decisions to bail out large firms. Unfortunately, President Obama has doubled down and more on those policies, with unprecedented levels of government spending, most favoring big finance, big auto companies, big labor unions, and now big pharma and medical insurance companies.

    The blog in the “War Room” of Salon unfortunately seems to miss the point entirely: “Freedom’s just another word for letting corporations do whatever they want.” To the contrary, for the editors of the Index, one of the prime reasons to push for economic freedom is to avoid the pernicious tendency for government intervention that sides WITH the interests of big corporations and special interests rather than with the average man or woman. The pattern we see, in the United States and around the world, is government intervention tending to support the interests of those who are already politically and economically powerful. The rhetoric may be populist, but actual government programs almost always favor the status quo. Economic freedom is the antidote, promoting competition, equal treatment for all, and the empowerment of the individual.

    Anthony Kim Contributed to this post.

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    4 Responses to The Liberal’s Biggest Blind Spot: Who Really Rakes In Their Government Largesse?

    1. Billie says:

      The adamant Obama refused to "change" what doesn't work. He CAPITALIZES on all failures of the past for the crisis' he continues to add to this country. It's clear he doesn't want people living FREE AND INDEPENDENTLY FROM GOVERNMENT. Obama won, America lost.

    2. ginger sessa says:

      obama let everyone know what his intentions were during his campaign. If you didn't vote, don't comlain, if you did vote for obama, don't complain. I and others who did not vote for him have a right. I don't know how anyone with a partial of a brain would vote for this man. gs carlisle

    3. al cicinato, claymon says:

      I would just like to know how much longer the Feds can spend 3billion a day more than the revenue they now take from the economy. To balance the budget, lets see, cut 600 billion in spending, and raise 600 billion in new taxes.. That'll go over well. If health care and education are human rights than I guess we also have a human right to endless borrowing. Tell me again how smart the American people are. The Feds emptied our piggy banks and have stolen our identity to finance an insane spurge. Borrow and waste in the name of the people and tell me this is a nation of laws. If you know any history, expect a real bad ending to this tragedy.

    4. Drew Page, IL says:

      To Al Cicinato in Claymont, DE — You ask how much longer the feds can spend $3 billion a day more than they take in? The answer is until they have taxed the last dollar away from every man, woman and child in the U.S. (except of course from politicians).

      I am convinced this current government will not stop taking money from the people who earn it until they get their hands on every last dime we have.

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