Dear Mark Steyn

Filed under:Church of Liberalism,Sad — posted by Anwyn on November 8, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

I disagree with my fellow conservatives who think the Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Frank liberal behemoth will so obviously screw up that they’ll be routed in two or four years’ time. The President-elect’s so-called “tax cut” will absolve 48 per cent of Americans from paying any federal income tax at all, while those that are left will pay more. Just under half the population will be, as Daniel Henninger pointed out in the Wall Street Journal, on the dole. By 2012, it will be more than half, and this will be an electorate where the majority of the electorate will be able to vote itself more lollipops from the minority of their compatriots still dumb enough to prioritize self-reliance, dynamism, and innovation over the sedating cocoon of the nanny state.

I’ve no doubt you’re right, but the more you write about this, the less I want to have any more children who will have to live in this farce, which is of course in direct contrast to your main line of argument in life. What’s a girl to do?

Updat: Xrlq thinks I’m overreacting. If I am, then sure as hell P.J. is too:

The South Side of Chicago is what everyplace in America will be once the Democratic administration and filibuster-resistant Democratic Congress have tackled global warming, sustainability, green alternatives to coal and oil, subprime mortgage foreclosures, consumer protection, business oversight, financial regulation, health care reform, taxes on the “rich,” and urban sprawl.

Which is even scarier than Steyn.


  1. Nothing Obama can say or do is a reason not to have more kids. Even the Great Depression only lasted about a decade, and that was in an era where demagogues like FDR could remain in office for life. Worst case scenario: Obama successfully pulls the FDR trick once in 2012, is gone in 2017, and your 7 1/2 year old will barely know the difference.

    Comment by Xrlq — November 8, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

  2. Well, I see the merit in that, but I think it’s best-case. And Steyn is making what is probably the immediate worst-case: That Obama will pull us so far to the left, economically, that we won’t pull back out, like France with its mandated work weeks and Canada with its subsidized everything.

    Comment by Anwyn — November 8, 2008 @ 6:53 pm

  3. I.E. he’s not talking about a depression, but a permanent state of mediocre subsidy for most. I can’t say for sure I’d rather raise kids in a depression than in that, but … yikes.

    Comment by Anwyn — November 8, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

  4. You need to have more kids just to raise the number of people working to support the larger number of people on the dole.

    It’s clear that if you don’t pay taxes, you shouldn’t be able to vote. Think we can get somebody elected on that platform?

    Comment by lifepundit — November 9, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

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