Jewish World Review August 25, 2011 25 Menachem-Av, 5771
The Old Not Enough Excuse
By Victor Davis Hanson
To newly inaugurated
But after nearly three years and almost
Apparently government cannot so easily, as even the president himself recently confessed, manufacture "shovel-ready" jobs. But it did far better in scaring cash-hoarding businesses into a historic hiring paralysis with nonstop talk of higher taxes, more national debt, more regulations, them/us class warfare rhetoric, threatened government shutdowns of private plants, and higher-priced energy.
Obama is still promising to borrow more for "infrastructure" and "jobs." Despite
No matter: The administration still adheres to the logical fallacy that the toxic medicine cannot be proven to be useless or harmful, because there was supposedly never enough of it given. And the proof is that the worsening patient is still not quite dead.
The same fallacy arises over the rioting in
That there is never enough spending is a seductive fallacy because it never requires any empirical proof: If millions of those supported by the state have lost their self-reliance and self-initiative, perhaps it is because millions supported by the state were not supported well enough, and so in response, some resorted to stealing things they could not afford.
Consider also the current government-sponsored notion of "millions of green jobs" -- a siren call that Obama and "green jobs czar"
Meanwhile, hundreds of billions in green subsidies created neither much new energy nor new jobs. But the massive handouts did provide a lot of public money in sweetheart deals to administration-friendly companies that either went broke, outsourced jobs to
Yet despite the dismal record, President Obama is still touting the same old, same old, 2008 "millions of green jobs" mantra, apparently on the fallacious notion that massive subsidies to government-supported plants like
As we witness the financial insolvency of blue-state America, the monetary meltdown in southern
But for those who are invested materially and psychologically in the religion of never-ending government borrowing and spending, there is always the true believers' excuse of "Not quite enough."
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Victor Davis Hanson, a classicist and military historian, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a recipient of the 2007 National Humanities Medal. Comment by clicking here.
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