Why Does The Blue Model Keep Failing?

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Joe Moneybags Gazette:

Why Can’t the Left Govern?
The Left can win elections. Why can’t it run a government?

Surveying the fall in support for the governments of Barack Obama, New York City’s progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio and France’s Socialist President François Hollande, a diagnosis of the current crisis begins to emerge: The political left can win elections but it’s unable to govern.

Once in office, the left stumbles from fiasco to fiasco. ObamaCare, enacted without a single vote from the opposition party, is an impossible labyrinth of endless complexity. Bill de Blasio’s war on charter schools degenerated into an unseemly attack on poor New York minority children. François Hollande’s first act in 2012, like a character in a medieval fable, was to order that more tax revenue be squeezed from the French turnips.

Mr. Obama’s approval rating is about 43%, Mr. de Blasio’s has sunk to 45% after just two months in office, and Mr. Hollande hit the lowest approvals ever recorded in the modern French presidency. The left inevitably says their leaders failed them. The failure looks self-inflicted.

[…]

One organization specialist calls this phenomenon “social deadlock.” ObamaCare is social deadlock. But the American left keeps doing it. This isn’t the 1930s, and smart people on the left might come to grips with the fact that the one-grand-scheme-fits-all compulsion is out of sync with the individualization that technology lets people design into their lives today.

Rather than resolve the complexities of public policy in the world we inhabit, the left’s default is to simply acquire power, then cram down what they want to do with one-party votes or by fiat, figuring they can muddle through the wreckage later. Thus the ObamaCare mandates. Thus candidate de Blasio’s determination, cheered on by the city’s left-wing establishment, to jam all its kids through an antique public-school system. The ObamaCare mandates are a mess, and the war on charter schools is an embarrassment.


It took me a long time to get it. There are two main problems with the blue model (aka “big government”) and neither of them is the Republican party.

The first problem is that an industrialized superpower nation with 300 million people is incredibly complex and diverse. There is simply no way that a centralized government can micro-manage the economy as well as the lives of everyone. The blue model depends on centralized decision-making but the world doesn’t work that way.

The other problem is that the blue model is simply not sustainable. It’s basic math – if you keep taking out more than you put in, sooner or later you’ll run out.

The blue model worked for a while after WWII, but that was a period of unusually high economic and population growth. Then our population began to level off and our economy began to stagnate.

Programs like Social Security and Medicare were based on faulty premises. People are living years longer than than they used to and the cost of living and health care have skyrocketed. The income and outgo have gotten seriously out of balance.

The blue model first began to run into trouble in the Seventies, when people rebelled against high tax rates. Our elected leaders bought themselves time by putting the country deep into debt.

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. Government can do a lot of things, but those things cost money. Waste and fraud make it worse, but even the most honest and efficient government in the world can change the math.

Politicians love to make promises they can’t keep. The left wins elections by promising things they can’t pay for. (The right wins elections by promising to cut spending and taxes, but they don’t cut spending.)

The voters like government spending programs. Even the people who aren’t feeding off the government teat have been told all their lives that government spending programs are necessary and desirable. But they have also been told that their taxes are too high.

So when the left gets into office they blow-up the federal budget with more spending. Then they start trying to micro-manage everything. They also promise to raise taxes on “other” people who aren’t paying their fair share.

Then the voters notice that the left isn’t keeping the promises they made and they start getting annoyed at all the government regulation. So they vote the Democrats out and the Republicans in. A few years later they get disgusted with the GOP and switch back to the Democrats.

Lather, rinse, repeat.


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76 Responses to Why Does The Blue Model Keep Failing?

  1. DeniseVB says:

    On a related note, from the center-right Victory Girls blog, she gives 6 reasons why conservatives are worthless, nobody’s happy with the establishment b.s.these days ….

    http://victorygirlsblog.com/?p=18965

    Our government seems to be driven from the fringe wings of both parties, the center “fringe” needs to rise up and get off their couches and vote every incumbent who tows party lines OUT this Nov. That’ll send a message.

  2. Lulu says:

    I don’t think this administration has anything to do with Blue Model policy. These are kleptocrats. In everything they do they have their hand in the taxpayer’s cookie jar. They set up scams that they can skim off of for decades. Historically this is a very old political model that goes back to ancient times. Kings, warlords and dictators reward their friends who are willing to beat the peasants and dissenters in the head. The media, academia, banking, securities, insurance, pharma, and eco liars lined up for their cut with Obama and to do their part in the scheme. It has worked to some extent throughout history if the King and his buds were competent and not too greedy. This is obviously not the case with Obama.

    As I recall the WSJ liked him just fucking fine back in 2008 when their buds on WS were lined up for their cut in exchange for the money to get him elected. But then O the Great double crossed the WS chumps just like he has Big Insurance. Saying that Blue Model doesn’t work when it obviously has to the great benefit of the public with FDR, Truman, JFK, LBJ, and especially Bill Clinton is revisionism and disingenuous. The WSJ minions have never like Blue Model policies which benefits most people but to claim that anything Obama has done is for the common good rather than rigging the game for his cronies is bull shit. The Blue Model does work if done by anyone but crooks and ideologues who have infiltrated and taken over every part of the Democratic party. The sad thing is that those policies are more likely coming from a Republican now than anyone else. Blue Model changes and adapts as times, conditions and society changes. It is not static and it is especially not national thievery.

    • r u reddy says:

      I also keep wondering why people think Wall Street Obama is left, or even liberal.

      • insanelysane says:

        I also keep wondering why Rush Limbaugh and other Conservatives pretend Obama is Left or even moderately Liberal.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Shake, rattle and roll. L.A. earthquake news and photos from the U.K.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2592158/Customers-flee-Disneyland-5-3-earthquake-shakes-downtown-Los-Angeles-followed-TWENTY-aftershocks.html

    Nothing from my U.S. news feed yet….. maybe this is the problem with our politics too? I have to go overseas to see what’s going on 😉

    • 49erDweet says:

      I’m laughing at this because to most long-time Californians it’s no big deal. Until segments of the freeway overpasses crumble and drop we don’t pay too much attention to these lesser shocks. They are simply worked around and ignored. It’s just life in la-la land. And it wasn’t even big enough to be “noticed” in 75% of the state.
      But thanks.

      • DeniseVB says:

        My first and last experience, was a 5.4 in Port Hueneme (that one was centered at Pt.Mugu, just north of L.A., just south of us) as a new parents in base housing, it shook us out of bed pre-dawn. Funny, I ran for the china cabinet, my husband ran for the fish tank, whew, all was well, then we both ran to our newborn’s room. I think it was 1972, different priorities then 😉

        • 49erDweet says:

          The first one’s are always the worst. I remember the Long Beach Quake from the 30’s, and my mom rushing us outside (so if the house fell we wouldn’t be trapped), and watching the clotheslines overhead snapping back and forth during the aftershocks. AIRC that was a “big one”.

    • helenk3 says:

      I live about 90 miles inland from LA and I felt it last night. thought tit was a small jolt and mother nature letting us know she was awake

      • DeniseVB says:

        That “Rare” Central Virginia quake a couple of years, which closed the Washington Monument for 2 years for repairs, was an anomaly, but I remember it as sitting on the bed upstairs and wondering WTF my husband was doing in the garage with his truck that made the bed shake. Charging downstairs to confront him and finding him staring at his truck with a WTF expression….priceless 🙂

  4. elliesmom says:

    I used to like to play cribbage with my dad. He taught me a lot about government and how it works while he taught me how to to play. You get get six cards. You get to keep four and you put two in the “crib”. When you’re the dealer, the four cards in the crib are an extra hand for you. You want to put cards in there that are likely to give you a good score, but they are going to be combined with the two cards from the other player who has to give you something. He tries to minimize the benefit his two cards will give you while maximizing the potential of the four cards he keeps. So here you sit with three hands of four cards each. Two belong to the dealer and one to the other guy. You flip over the top card of the rest of the deck (a world or national event), and it’s the fifth card in all three hands. It will decide whether the dealer with the extra hand gets a windfall or if the hand the opponent holds wins the round. And when you have two hands, even with low scoring points and a worthless fifth card, it’s hard for the guy with only one hand to beat you, but he still does sometimes. Usually because the fifth card is worthless to you, but the luck of the draw has given him the exact card he needs to complete his hand.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Juan Williams’ son is a hottie.

  6. Lulu says:

    One of the most chilling examples of today’s false “Blue Model” is the imposition of Michelle Obama’s “food rules” on children. They essentially are trying to compel schools and organizations to teach children how to function while they are hungry. I found this to be the most evil of the shit they have tried to cram down the public’s throat with the lies that is for the public good to fight obesity. Millions immigrated to this country because of this starvation policy in the past to control and weaken populations. To intentionally stunt the growth and development of human beings is one of the most evil things that can be done to a population and to do it under claims of it being beneficial is monstrous. Now they are claiming that animals which provide necessary protein are contributing to “climate change” so they can be eliminated in the future. Humans with vegetarian diets are full of this gas and emit it continuously into the atmosphere. Now we are to be the gaseous farm animals. Do they really think we don’t see what they are trying to do?

    • DeniseVB says:

      So we have a) Starve the people, b)take away their guns, c)spread the wealth, d)take over their health care, e)tax the rich, f)overregulate, g)job destroying policies ….. y) reward failure, z)punish success = CONTROL

      And liberals have no problem with this? It just blows my mind. If GWB had dared try to accomplish the above, or Laura had taken 4 lavish vacations in 3 months, can you imagine the RAGE !

      /rant

      • swanspirit says:

        Not only have the left bought it hook line and sinking economy , they want more… They have totally bought this blue lie that we are doing “IT” ( whatever that might be ) for your own good . I guess they want the fantasy world they are being sold to be true so badly , they are willing to overlook any truth they might stumble upon . I read the other day on a lefty blog, that the writer thought Obama was doing so well with the Russian situation, that he wished he could be elected for a third term . The mind boggles . No wonder the earth is quaking.

        • DeniseVB says:

          No, I think they’re buying the tripe that Republicans are Worse. I thought that in the years leading up to 2008 until Sarah Palin came on the scene and woke me up. My clue? The GOP even tried to destroy her “rougueness”, along with the other fringe liberal groups. As the GOP is doing to the Whacko Birds wing.

          MOTUS and White House Dossier are two conservative blogs with the biggest “recovering Dem” community on the internets right now(that I have found). Surprised they haven’t been audited yet. Kevin Dujan (Hillbuzz) and Newsbird (a blog by an immigrant who was totally disgusted with MO) were HUGE in that demo for awhile, but they’ve been disappeared. So has OWS. So has PUMA. Tea Party? Fear of the Obama IRS thugs and other punishments? Obama has created such a sick environment, but seems friendly to his and the Soros defenders. Yet China was Michelled about “freedoms” and she was a hero?

          Sorry for another /rant. I’m trying to get in the mood for Spring Cleaning (ugh) before I turn into one of those stories about hoarders 😉

          • 49erDweet says:

            Since I don’t do much spring cleaning, I’ll continue the rant a bit………
            DVB is spot on about the Progs. They have totally swallowed the bait that even if they get most things wrong, (heh, heh) the RIGHT IS WORSE!!!!!!!!
            It is a form of insanity. They are simply hooked on a belief system that has altered their ability to see reality and make rational judgments. “We may have to put them out of their misery in order to save them”. 🙂

          • The Klown says:

            I believe we are going thru a period of mass insanity/hysteria. There have been other periods in history where shit got weird, like witch hunts and pogroms.

            Every single day there is stuff emanating from the left that is downright delusional. I’m not talking about the fringe nutters, I’m talking about mainstream lefty media and politicians.

          • 49erDweet says:

            This…..is……perfect!

          • swanspirit says:

            I absolutely agree that the left is making a concerted effort to convince the rest of the world ( because they already believe it ) that Republicans are worse . I know that some are trying hard to make Republicans extinct , or at minimum irrelevant in American politics. . But there are some who actually believe that, and also that Obama is doing a good job , or at least trying as hard as he can despite the Republicans . The writer of the leftie blog actually said it was a shame Obama couldn’t go all FDR and run for a third term . So I have to agree that there is some kind of mass delusion happening , and reality just isn’t getting through to the left .

    • r u reddy says:

      I suspect that a system of livestock on pasture and range sucks down more carbon out of the air ( and stores it in plantmass and soil) then whatever carbon the livestock re-emits from the pasture-range plants they eat. They clearly don’t eat every trace of carbon-containing plantlife on the pasture and range. Someone should do the science on how much carbon the livestock on pasture-range system traps and bio-sequesters. Maybe someone already is.
      Accusing livestock of “causing” net carbon skydumping is based on cynically fostering confusion between livestock in dense-confinement feedlots with livestock on pasture-range.

  7. The Klown says:

    My grandkids are cooler than yours:

    • Lulu says:

      It is a religion. It makes no sense in any other context. They are attempting to buy dispensations for their sins while they continue to sin. Or something. How else can they espouse all this silly stuff but at every whim hop on a frigging airplane with aviation fuel shooting out of the engines. It is so similar to the forgiving of sins by the pope to murder, rape, pillage and steal in the Levant for the Crusades before they even got there that they started doing it on the way.

      • DeniseVB says:

        ‘Scusey, but there was an “honor killing” in Texas recently (last week?) when a Muslim Dad killed his gay daughter and her partner. Texas. Sharia Law. No Big Whoop. Or the media’s just ignoring it ? Did I mention it was TEXAS ? So confused about the rules these days, thought we were a nation of laws? Thanks Obama.

        • 49erDweet says:

          How confident are you on that Sharia Law meme? Can’t find anything recent but last available seems to indicate dad is in custody for a solid “tampering with evidence” charge while a homicide case against him is being “constructed”. What’s impacting that job may be his own weird record, the remote possibility he was farming out the two victims as pros, and jurisdictional conflicts between scene localities. Add to that a potential reluctance of some in the LGBT community to cooperate much with investigators. Investigations take time.

  8. helenk3 says:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/a

    Admiral Jeremiah Denton

    this is a true hero that deserves our thanks and our respect.
    may he rest in peace

  9. The Klown says:
  10. The Klown says:

    I wish I was poor and struggling like this person:

    I had a $5000 budget for this job and not a lot of options.

  11. helenk3 says:

    Mexican authorities say they found more than 370 children dumped by people smugglers during 1-week period in March – @AFP
    read more on yahoo.com

  12. westcoaster says:

    Larry Kudlow from Kudlow’s Report gave a 2-minute speech (mentioning his religious and political beliefs) for his final show. I wish there were more like him… :

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