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The Soul of the Democratic Party Machine

The Wall Street Journal

Its dominant interest groups have done to Obama what they did to Carter.


Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist

I reject at the onset that the party of the Democrat has a soul.  They are all about building a hand out system that make those to whom they pander  chained to Uncle Sam’s Plantation in exchange for their vote.

Review how Obama is following FDR’s policies and how the extended the Great Depression. Obama, not a student of U.S. History, with his own Marxist agenda could care less.

The names of the parties may change over time but the lust for power control and perks remains.  The reader who considers themselves to be conservative my find it interesting to know that among that they are what was once called “Classical Jeffersonian Liberals,” believing in limited government, and freedom.

The Democrat party has been stolen by the extremes of the progressives who are basically an off shoot of Marxist dogma and communism.  They will be destroyed along with Obama in November.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

In the wake of Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in the Wisconsin recall election, Democrats are blaming their loss on Republican-friendly super PACs and the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United. The thinking goes that moneyed interests far outspent the Democrats, bought the election, and undermined democracy.

This analysis is misguided. Liberal Democrats who fancy themselves reformers should take a long, hard look at their own party before pointing fingers at the Supreme Court. When they do, they might see it has fallen far from its lofty claims to be the “party of the people.

The first progressive Democrats hated the role of narrow interests in their own party. At the turn of the last century, early liberal leaders such as William Jennings Bryan and Woodrow Wilson were embarrassed by Tammany Hall, the amoral political machine that ran New York City. Both tried unsuccessfully to break the back of the “Tiger,” as Tammany was known.

President Franklin Roosevelt would succeed decades later by working behind the scenes to install Fiorello La Guardia (a Republican who supported the New Deal) as mayor in 1934. Yet even while he was destroying Tammany Hall, FDR imported its political methodology to Washington, D.C. His New Deal used federal regulatory power and money to fight the Great Depression, but also to build a permanent Democratic majority.

The president made sure that supportive urban machines got enormous sums for patronage jobs and programs, and poured cash into the segregationist South via agricultural support payments while excluding tenant farmers from Social Security for a time and dragging his feet on civil rights. And of course, he created a variety of special privileges including monopolistic bargaining rights for organized labor. The federal government long had a relatively modest “spoils system,” but the New Deal took matters to an entirely different level.

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Spending Off the Hook: Free Phones Costing Taxpayers $2.1 Billion Per Year

Comment by Jim Campbell…Don’t you just love when stuff is free?
Freedom isn’t FREE!

You’re probably familiar with the food stamp program which grew from $35 billion in 2008 to $75 billion last year. But did you know that getting food stamps also makes you eligible for a free government cell phone? 

A program called Lifeline provides free phones and free monthly minutes to anyone on food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, Head Start, and several other government programs. And just like food stamps, Lifeline (aka “phone stamps”) has been growing by leaps and bounds since 2008, at significant cost to taxpayers.

Lifeline was started in the mid-’80s to reduce the cost of phone service to rural and needy customers. The program’s costs are covered by a tax included on every monthly phone bill called the Universal Service Charge. The program eventually grew to include discounted cell service but took off in 2009, partly because TracFone announced a new program whereby eligible individuals could get a free phone and free monthly minutes. As a result, participation in the program (and costs) skyrocketed:

Program participation was stable from 2005 to 2008, from 6.9 million to 7.1 million participants, but increased to 8.6 million in 2009. Likewise, support payments were relatively stable from 2005 to 2008, from $802 million to $823 million annually, before increasing to approximately $1 billion in 2009.

The rapid growth of the program has continued since then. In 2011, the FCC estimated the cost (page 153) of the program would be $2.1 billion and said it would reach $3.3 billion by 2014 absent major reforms. The FCC also found that part of the problem with the program was rampant fraud:

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