While some conservatives have, in the past 72 hours, found a silver lining in the cloud of all-but-certain passage of Obamacare, others caution that the silver lining, Republican victories in next year’s election, will be ephemeral while the cloud, greater government control over our lives, will be permanent, a perpetual gloomy day.
When, they ask, has Congress ever repealed a federal program? Even Ronald Reagan, in his heyday, was only able to contain the rate of growth of federal programs, he wasn’t able to eliminate any, even some which had long outlived their usefulness. This, they argue, is just one more step on the road to serfdom, from which there is no turning back.
Some say Obama’s spending spree is part of the Cloward/Piven Strategy
to overthrow capitalism by overwhelming the government bureaucracy with entitlement demands. The created crisis provides the impetus to bring about radical political change.
And this health care reform only helps accelerate that process. A number of conservatives have referenced this strategy. Libertarian iconoclasts, like Glenn Beck, have followed suit. Indeed, the Piven/Cloward thesis became all but conventional wisdom. “It was,” Michael Barone writes, “widely supposed that economic distress would increase America’s appetite for big-government measures to restrict carbon dioxide emissions and control the provision of health care.”
All this government spending, however, seems to be having having the opposite effect. Never before has Congress enacted such a massive reform on a pure party line vote. A number of Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues in passing Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. Popular opinion had not turned against those reforms at the time they were enacted.
This isn’t how Miss Piven and Mr. Cloward imagined things would turn out. Not only do we have public opinion running against health care reform, we have the American people turning against government reforms of all kinds. [Read more…]