In his piece comparing the “party of reform” (i.e., the Romney-Ryan ticket) to the “kick-the-can party” (i.e., the Obama Democrats), Commentary’s John Steele Gordon contends that
The blind defense of the status quo that so characterizes the left these days (and, indeed, has since Lyndon Johnson left the White House more than 40 years ago) has led us to the edge of a fiscal crisis of almost unimaginable proportions. Our main entitlement programs, Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, are all operating in deficit, and those deficits will only get worse as the baby boomers retire and live substantially longer than their parents did, requiring more Medicare and more Social Security. The national debt is higher than it has been, relative to GDP, since the end of World War II. We have already lost our AAA credit rating and there are ever-mounting deficits as far as the eye can see under Obama’s proposed budget (unanimously rejected by Congress).
He goes on to point out that while “Paul Ryan has produced a plan to change our fiscal course”, the liberals lack one. Just read the whole thing.
Gordon really does get at the essence of contemporary liberalism. It’s not about change, but about maintaining a “statist” status quo. They aren’t promoting any bold new reforms. They just want to funnel a little more money to the various government programs to keep them solvent.
And that’s just the problem. The federal government just doesn’t have the money to spend. And all too many Democrats, including the incumbent President of the United States, just aren’t putting forward plans to reform government programs.