We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
That's the Liberal project. Liberals take the long view and the long march. As Ace says,
The state is benevolent.
The state is wise.
The state loves you.
The state would never hurt you.
The state only wishes to help you.
Will you help the state to help you?
The State is God? Addiction to government "help" is sold and marketed in the same way that drugs are. It is, in fact, a drug in the sense that dependency sneaks into the brain and distorts who you are, strips you of your dignity, corrupts your soul by tempting you to focus on what you can get for free, and enslaves you if you let it. In the end, it leaves you just hungry for more.
Welfare includes crony capitalism, tax breaks for businesses, mortgage deductions, bailouts, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid right down to disability and the now ubiquitous EBT cards.
Naturally, we Conservatives think it best to eliminate all forms of welfare and charity from government control except for the most desperate or hopeless of individual cases. Remove welfare from the middle classes and provide a safety net for the desperate: Restoring a True Safety Net
With the promise of health care completing the project of the 20th-century welfare state, liberals need to envision how to meet the needs of a new century.
Apparently Americans have many "unmet needs" which can only be provided by government - or by our neighbors at gunpoint. It's a sorry sort of mess and will not end well. Americans can do better than this if the government would get the heck out of the way of effort and creativity.
As Bill Whittle pointed out, even given all of the tremendous advantages that the left enjoyed leading up to our most recent election (a press that did everything for Obama except chew his food for him, millions of dollars of donations-in-kind from unions, many billions of dollars in government expenditures that can rightly be called vote buying, an educational establishment that has been hostile to every idea that characterizes his opposition, and an ideologically weak opponent), it has never been able to command more than 52 to 53 percent of the electorate.
The left knows this, probably better than most conservatives. They also know that the most effective way to permanently increase their support among the electorate is to permanently increase the number of people who are dependent on federal assistance.
They left also knows that its time is limited. If the fiscal cliff hits us with the same force that it as hit Greece and will soon hit every European nation that is not named "Germany," there will be a forced reduction in welfare, and a consequent reduction in the depth of the left's support among its base.
Therefore it must expand that base now. Hence borders that are essentially open, welfare for everyone who is not too proud to accept it, and the systematic demolition of every factor that enables escape from government dependency.
The fact that Obamacare will force private doctors and private insurers out of business and will cause many working people to lose their employer-based health care is not a bug. It's a feature.